Rare! A Parker Bros. 12g VHE SxS on a 1/2 frame…

When I first got into Parker, the collector’s world for these shotguns was still filled with mysteries like the story of the Czar’s Parker and the whereabouts of the three Invincibles. While many of these mysteries have been solved, others, like the “why” of the Parker 12-gauge “1/2-frame”, remain.

Rare Parker VHE 12-gauge SxS shotgun on a 1/2 frame
Rare Parker VHE 12-gauge SxS shotgun on a 1/2 frame

PARKER VHE 12 GAUGE IN RARE 1/2 FRAMEHere is a Parker VHE in the rare 1/2 Frame size. Parker made a very low number of guns in 1/2 Frame size. Historians seem to believe that the total number was in the approximate 300-piece range. This gun has 26″ ejector barrels. Mirror bores at .731 with 15/1000 choke (Mod) and 28/1000 choke (Full). Chambers are 2 3/4″. All serial numbers match. Unrestored condition. Auto safety. Weight is 6 LBS 11 OZ. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 1/16″. Drop at Comb – 1 5/8″. Drop at Heel – 2 1/2″ Price: $3,995 

Rare Parker VHE 12-gauge SxS shotgun on a 1/2 frame
Rare Parker VHE 12-gauge SxS shotgun on a 1/2 frame

Parker built its first 12-gauge 1/2-frame guns in the fall of 1937 after the company had been sold to Remington and moved to Ilion, NY.

Michael McIntosh wrote a bit about the 1/2 frame. He speculated that it was Parker’s attempt to create a British-style, 12-bore game gun (basically a 12g weighs around 6 3/4 lbs and shoots a 1 1/8oz load).

Rare Parker VHE 12-gauge SxS shotgun on a 1/2 frame
Rare Parker VHE 12-gauge SxS shotgun on a 1/2 frame

Parker author & researcher Ed Muderlak disagreed and dedicated a full chapter and 10+ pages of Parkers Guns: The Old Reliable to prying apart McIntosh’s thesis.

Neither writer proved anything. While McIntosh told a better tale and Muderlak presented a sound argument, the 1/2-frame is still a mystery. Or as Muderlak finally states after showing off his argumentative skills  “… nobody knows what Remington had on its corporate mind when it retooled for the half-frame in 1937.”

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FABBRI OU PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE - 29 5/8" BARRELS
FABBRI OU PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE – 29 5/8″ BARRELS

FABBRI OU SIDELOCK PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE – 29 5/8″ BARRELS: Spectacular engraving featuring ribbons, scroll, vines and flowers. Gold Inlay pigeon in the forend. Bores at .732. Briley chokes. Chambers at 2 3/4″. Barrels are Phonix Steel and marked as such. Weight of gun is 7 LBS 10 1/4 OZ. Stock dimensions: LOP 14 3/8″ (13″ to end of wood), Drop at Comb – 1 7/16″, Drop at Heel – 1 3/4″. Price: $25.750

RARE HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON GRADE C HAMMERLESS BOXLOCK DAMASCUS 12 GAUGE DOUBLE GUN SERIAL #1 CIRCA 188230” Damascus barrels choked Improved and Full with original 2 ¾” chambers. Made as “Heavy Duc” weighing 9 pounds. Engraved on the rib “HARRINGTON &

RARE HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON GRADE C HAMMERLESS DAMASCUS 12 GAUGE DOUBLEGUN SERIAL #1 CIRCA 1882
RARE HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON GRADE C HAMMERLESS DAMASCUS 12 GAUGE DOUBLEGUN SERIAL #1 CIRCA 1882

RICHARDSON, WORCESTER, MASS. U.S.A.”. Frame engraved with maker’s name on both side in a banner cartouche. Water table engraved “ANSON & DEELEY’S/PAT. FEB. 1, 1876 NO. 1”. Excellent and all original with most of the Damascus finish on the barrels and considerable blue, grey case hardening on the frame. Floor plate with modest amounts of blue. Walnut pistol grip checkered stock and forend with the original finish in fine condition. Factory logo embossed hard rubber butt plate. Mint bores and perfect working order. Of special note-several sources including the late Norm Flayderman consider this the first American made hammerless double barrel shotgun. Serial number “1” would make this exact gun the very first American hammerless double barrel shotgun (1st of the 1st).  Price: $6,500

Parker VHE (Ejector) 20 ga., 28" Steel bbl, Factory Single Trigger, Made in 1928 "0" Frame
Parker VHE (Ejector) 20 ga., 28″ Steel bbl, Factory Single Trigger, Made in 1928 “0” Frame

Parker VHE (Ejector) 20 ga., Side-by-Side, 28″ Steel bbl, Factory Single Trigger, Made in 1928 “0” FrameHere is a used Parker VHE, auto ejectors, 20 gauge, Perfect lightweight “0” Frame, 28″ barrels (Rt–IC fixed choke, Lt–IM fixed choke with bright shiny bores).  20 gauge shotgun extremely light and balanced but enough gun for geese or long range sharptails. Built in the roaring 20’s when America was great!  The perfect balanced Parker is a 20 gauge on the “0” frame with 28″ barrels–arguable the best!!  Original finish, Rare Factory single trigger, 70% case colors on left side of receiver, 35% on right side of receiver, 90% case colors on the water table, bottom of receiver shows wear probably from leather glove from hours of being carried in the field. Screws are unblemished. Original grip cap and blank shield, wood shows handling marks from normal use. Left side of forearm shows slight chip at the front near the barrel. Please see pictures. Price: $6,500

ZOLI /F.RIZZINI 28 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN:
ZOLI /F.RIZZINI 28 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN:

ZOLI /F.RIZZINI 28 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUNA CLEAN SMALL FRAME BOXLOCK NON-EJECTOR IN 28 GAUGE WITH 26″ BARRELS, CHOKED IC/MOD, VERY GOOD CONDITION. LOP 14 3/4″- 1 3/4″- 2 9/16″. 4 3/4 LBS. Price: $2,200

REMINGTON MODEL 1894 AE BOXLOCK DOUBLE BARREL12 gauge. 30″ Damascus bbls with matted rib. Choked improved cylinder & full. VG bright bores. Bbls retain most all the Damascus pattern. 2 3/4″ chambers. Vivid case colors on the frame and trigger guard. Checkered walnut pistol grip buttstock in VG condition. Checkered Remington Arms buttplate. LOP 14-1/8′. DAC 1-5/8″. DAH 2-1/4″. Features double triggers, and automatic safety. Ejectors work properly. Price: $ 1,275

REMINGTON MODEL 1894 AE BOXLOCK DOUBLE BARREL
REMINGTON MODEL 1894 AE BOXLOCK DOUBLE BARREL

Auction alert: Rare & light, 12 gauge Remington 1894 AE, 2 bbl set…

High condition, lghtweight Remington 1894 AE 2 bbl set
High condition, lightweight Remington 1894 AE 2 bbl set

Remington 1894 are the Rodney Dangerfields of American Doubles. Even though they’re as well made as other American SxSs from that period, they get no respect. They don’t command nutso prices, either. And hat’s great new for anyone who appreciates fine SxSs AND likes getting deal.

The 1894 you see here is a rare model. While almost all 12 gauge American SxSs (including most Remingtons) are heavy guns — 7 1/2 lbs+., this one comes in at a trim 6 lbs. 10 oz. Condition wise, this double is about as good as they good–especially for a gun that’s 100+ years old.
High condition, lghtweight Remington 1894 AE 2 bbl set
High condition, lightweight Remington 1894 AE 2 bbl set

So if you like what you see, bid now. It’s on Gunbroker.com now at No Reserve and the listing ends5/14/2017 @ 10:00 PM. So you have the chance to get a great deal on it. And BTW: And just for fun, check out a little Rodney on The Tonight Show back in 1974. He comes on about a minute in.

12 gauge, Remington 1894 AE 28″ & 30″ bbls, lightweight, ejectors, case color:  High condition Remington 1894 AE 12 ga. “Lightweight” ejector field gun, 2 barrel set. Up for auction is a very rare Remington 1894 “Lightweight” (6 lbs. 10 oz.) field gun in excellent un-touched condition, factory 2 barrel set. This is the only one we’ve ever seen being a long barreled American vintage double with English Game Gun weight.
High condition, lghtweight Remington 1894 AE 2 bbl set
High condition, lightweight Remington 1894 AE 2 bbl set

Remington catalog stated that the AE grades were available in weights from 6 ¾ – 8 lbs. Here’s one that weighs in at a featherweight 6 lbs. 10 oz. with both the 28 & 30” barrels. See specifications below, the gun has nominal bore diameters and thick walls. Small frame gun with frame width at a full .100 narrower than a standard frame gun. Appears to be a 12 built on a 16 sized frame – this is a true lightweight. Lots of case color and original barrel brown left on this one.

Standing breech shows little evidence of firing. Bores have no pitting, just a very light hint of frosting here and there…Otherwise excellent. Gun has excellent lock-up and no mechanical, or wood issues. High condition 1894 Ejector guns in high condition are hard enough to find, but even harder to find another lightweight much less one in this condition with 2 sets of barrels. This one is sharp all over!
High condition, lghtweight Remington 1894 AE 2 bbl set
High condition, lightweight Remington 1894 AE 2 bbl set

Barrel specifications: 30” Barrels: Both diameter @ .732, chokes .013 R, .029 L. Min walls .037 28” Barrels: (27 13/16” actual). Un-cut (see pics) Diameters: R .726, L .728, chokes .003 R, .004L Min walls .046 Stock: 3 ½ x 2 ½ x 14 1/8” to original butt plate. Weight: 6 lbs 10 oz. with both barrels.

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Harris Holland 8 Guage SXS Hammer Shotgun
Harris Holland 8 Guage SXS Hammer Shotgun

Harris Holland 8 Guage SXS Hammer Shotgun: #3012, 13 lb, 36 in.Rebounding Hammers, No chokes.Silver sheild,
Gutta Percha Butt Plate, London Proofed 1874. 045 BBL thickness each BBL.excellent bores. Slight pitting on Breech end of chambers for 1/2 inch. BBLS refinished and rib address recut, Pitting on Breechface repaired, Butt Plate screws cleaned
Otherwise original finish. Nice gun Overall fine condition. Price: $19,500

CASED BERETTA S3EL (SO4 or SO-4) 12GA. OVER-UNDER EJECTOR SIDELOCK SHOTGUN CIRCA 1956: Profusely engraved superior quality gun from the mid 1950’s best era of engraving by the still working pre WW2 generation. Renaissance Scroll engraved side locks and mounts of the Master Quality signed in small engraved letters “U.G.” just forward of the trigger guard. 28 3/8th” solid rib barrels choked Improved Modified and Full. 2 ¾” chambers. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, cocking indicators and automatic safety. Straight grip fancy walnut checkered stock with 14 ½’ pull to checkered butt. 1 ½”, 2” drop. Matching checkered forend. Weight 7lbs. 2.5ozs. All original and about mint with all the blue and coin finish. Wood with the original finish in perfect condition. Mint bores and perfect working order. With original Beretta factory leather luggage case with Beretta label in upper left corner of inside of lid. Original canvas protective outer cover. Price: $12,500

CASED BERETTA S3EL (SO4 or SO-4) 12GA. OVER-UNDER EJECTOR SIDELOCK SHOTGUN CIRCA 1956
CASED BERETTA S3EL (SO4 or SO-4) 12GA. OVER-UNDER EJECTOR SIDELOCK SHOTGUN CIRCA 1956

Remington – Side-by-Side- Mod. 1894 – “C” grade – 30″ damascus barrels: 12 GA. EJECTORS – DOUBLE TRIGGERS – IC/MOD.14 1/2″ X 1 1/2″ X 2 /2″. Price: $5,900

Remington - Side-by-Side- Mod. 1894 - "C" grade - 30" damascus barrels
Remington – Side-by-Side- Mod. 1894 – “C” grade – 30″ damascus barrels

Lightweight 12g Parker DHE Reproduction by Winchester in near new condition with case and coverVirtually all its original case color and blue and I cannot even see any handling marks on the stock. Like buying a new gun! Very light for a Parker 12 being under 6 lbs. Price: $4000

Lightweight 12g Parker DHE Reproduction by Winchester in near new condition with case and cover
Lightweight 12g Parker DHE Reproduction by Winchester in near new condition with case and cover

Serial Number: 12-00250
Ejectors: No
Barrels: 26
Barrel Type: Steel
Gauge: 12 gauge
Stock Comb: 1 5/16
Stock Heel: 2
Stock Cast: 0
LOP: 14 3/8″ to skeleton
Weight: 5 lbs. 13 1/2 oz.
Choke Left: .004 Quail 2
Choke Right: .002 Quail 1
Proof:Nitro: 2 3/4
Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .032
Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .028

Auguste Francotte 12 Gauge O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
Auguste Francotte 12 Gauge O/U Double Barrel Shotgun

Auguste Francotte 12 Gauge O/U Double Barrel ShotgunThis beautifully crafted Auguste Francotte 12 gauge Over/Under has deep engraving, nicely figured wood, Greener-type cross bolt, and auto ejectors.  It would be a fine addition to the gun cabinet of shooters or collectors of O/U shotguns, as it is a great example of the origins of what has become the most popular type of doublegun. The 28” barrels have 2-3/4” chambers and are choked Improved Modified (.025) in the lower barrel and Full (.030) in the upper barrel.  The wall thickness (right/left) for the lower barrel at 9” from muzzle is .035/.033 and at the middle of the barrel is .038/.036; the upper barrel is .035/.035 and .038/.038, respectively.  Bores 9” from the breach are .729/.729.  At some point in the gun’s history, the European-style sling mounts were removed from the lower barrel and stock. The stock and forearm are fine European walnut.  The drop at the comb is 1-1/2” and at the heel 2-1/4”.  Length of pull from the front trigger to the end of the wood is 14-1/4”.  The butt of the stock is checkered.  The gun locks up tight and on face; the top lever returns to the right of center.  All serial numbers, 53774, match.  The wood is refreshed and the barrels are refinished.  Price: $2,000

Good gun alert: 28g Parker Repro, 28″ bbls, double triggers …

28g Parker Reproduction SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" bbls, double triggers
28g Parker Reproduction SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ bbls, double triggers

Shotguns, like everything else, are subject to fads. When Parker Reproductions were introduced in 1984, 26″ barrels and single triggers were in. So today, finding them set up any other way is hard to do.

28g Parker Reproduction SxS Double Barrel Shotgun: For sale is a sweet little parker reproduction in a 28 ga. with a very rare configuration. It comes with a Beavertail forearm, Double triggers and 28″ M/F barrels. To find all three of these hard to get options all in the same gun is very unusual. The only one i have seen. It also has a beautifully figured PG stock and forearm. The gun rates at a strong 98% in its case and overall condition. Price: $5195

28g Parker Reproduction SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" bbls, double triggers
28g Parker Reproduction SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ bbls, double triggers
28g Parker Reproduction SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" bbls, double triggers
28g Parker Reproduction SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ bbls, double triggers

On Ebay now: 1934 Original Parker Shotgun catalog

Vintage 1934 Parker Gun Company/Remington Catalog.
Vintage 1934 Parker Gun Company/Remington Catalog.

Parker shotguns are the most famous side-by-sides ever made in America. Parker Bros got into the shotgun game in 1866, and from their factory in Meriden, CT. The company’s gun business prospered into the twentieth century.

But then Great Depression hit and sales plummeted. In 1934, Remington stepped in and bought all of the Parker gun business and published the catalog you see here to announce their acquisition. It’s on Ebay now, and the auction ends tomorrow, 2/15 @ 04:35:22 PST. BTW: the pages shown here are just a few of the ones that make up the entire catalog.

Vintage 1934 Parker Gun Company/Remington Catalog

Vintage 1934 Parker Gun Company/Remington Catalog.
Vintage 1934 Parker Gun Company/Remington Catalog.
Vintage 1934 Parker Gun Company/Remington Catalog.
Vintage 1934 Parker Gun Company/Remington Catalog.

A sweet little 20 gauge Parker Bros. GHE double barrel shotgun…

PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS

In his book Parker Guns: The Old Reliable, Ed Muderlak said something like “Parker shotguns aren’t rare. But Parker shotguns with lots original condition are.” Ed was right- of course. I live within a couple hours of a few large gun shops. These shops always have a few Parker on their racks. But rarely are these shotguns very original.

Original condition is everything to collectors, and that’s why Parkers like the one you see here drives them crazy. Made in 1923, it’s a 20 gauge G.H. with unusual 30″ barrels and what looks like a ton of original condition.

PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS: RIGHT BARREL BORE .616 CHOKE .011 IMPROVED CYLINDER, LEFT BARREL BORE .618 CHOKE .022 IMPROVED MODIFIED, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, TWIN IVORY SIGHT BEADS, O FRAME, 14 1/4″ LENGTH OF PULL OVER DOGS HEAD BUTTPLATE, DROP 1 1/2″- 2 3/4″, 98% BARREL BLUE, 95% TRIGGER GUARD BLUE, 85% CASE COLOR, WOOD FINISH EXCELLENT, NICE TIGHT AND CRISP PARKER. PRICE: $10,999

PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS

A pa’tridge gun: A 16g Parker VH double barrel shotgun…

Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28" Exc. original
Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original

In New England, a ruffed grouse is called a pa’tridge. I don’t know why. There’s always one gauge I associate with pa’tridge hunting: the 16. I don’t know why this is, either.

Sixteen gauges have been around forever, but they’ve been very popular. The British never loved them, at least not as breechloading centerfires. It think it’s because the standard British game gun is a 12 gauge that’s weighs around 6lbs, 12oz. and is proofed for 1 1/8 ounces of shot.

Most British 16 gauge shotguns weigh just a few ounces less, and they’re proofed for a 1 ounce load. So for a gun buyer in the UK, the sixteen offers little benefit in weight while it pushes a 10%+ smaller payload.

Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28" Exc. original
Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original

But American 12 gauges are bigger guns, usually in the 7 1/2 pound+ range. For most makers, you had to drop down a gauge to get a double in the 6 1/2 – 6 3/4 pound range. I think that’s why the 16 gauge was more popular in the States.

The sixteen you see here is Parker’s VH grade. The VH was Parker’s original knock-about gun, and even though it was the least expensive hammerless double the company offered until they introduced the Trojan grade in 1913, the VH was never a cheap gun. It cost $50 when it was introduced in 1899. The same year, Winchester Model 97 repeater retailed for $27.

Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28" Exc. original
Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original

Parker called the VH “A gun for hard usage that cannot be equaled” and most buyers purchased them off the rack in 12 gauges on No. 2 frames with pistol grips. With its straight grip, this one was probably specially ordered.

Here’s more about it from the seller:

Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28" Exc. original
Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original

Parker VH 16, Remington Era,  Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original: Serial Number 240237, made approx. 1937. It is a VH 16 gauge with 28″ barrels choked light modified and modified. 2 3/4″ chambers with excellent bores. Length of pull is 14″ over the original dog’s head plate. The original straight grip stock is in excellent condition with sharp checkering. Both the wood and trigger guard are number matched to the shotgun and are without any doubt original. The wood is probably 2X fancy and is the nicest peice of wood we have seen on a V grade.

Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28" Exc. original
Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original

There are generous amounts of original case color remaining on the receiver sides and around the lever. Lock up is tight and the shotgun remains in excellent mechanical condition. DAH is 2 5/8″ DAC is 1 1/2″ and the weight is approx. 6 lbs 10 oz.. This is one fine original little English stock 16 gauge Parker with tons of condition. Price: $5,500.00

Busy, busy…The Vintagers, nice guns, and more…

The Vintagers 2013 Event
The Vintagers 2013 Event

Sorry for my lack of posts lately. My life has been crazy — shooting events, work, training for a race, plus a new house with a long list of honey-do’s to check off before my hunting season can get rolling.

On Saturday I made it down to Addieville, RI, to catch The Vintager’s annual event. The weather was great, and there were a hundred of nice guns there American, British, European. Check out the slideshow below to see a few.

The Fox Collectors and Lefever Collectors had a bunch of fabulous guns on display, and dealers like Steve Barnett and Griffin & Howe had some fabulous pieces on their tables. I hear the shooting was good, too.

Last week I drow 6+ hours and 400+  to check out the Orvis Game Fair in Millbrook, NY. I have to say, this event is turning into a great show. I number of gun dealers were on hand – Connecticut Shotgun, Griffin & Howe, Steve Barnett, etc – along with makers like Purdey and Williams & Son. It was much better attended than Vintagers, and it offered a lot more for everyone in the family. It was also free to get in.

Auction alert: 16 gauge Parker DHE double barrel shotgun…

Parker DH-grade Double Barrel Shotgun, the the The Parker Gun Collector's Association Site
Parker DH-grade Double Barrel Shotgun, the the The Parker Gun Collector’s Association Site

Here’s a tough 16 gauge side-by-side to find: a Parker Bros. DHE-grade double barrel shotgun. Also known as Grade 3s, Parker introduced its D-grade shotguns in 1875. With a price of $100, this model was the company’s least expensive “custom made” shotgun.

The DHE you see here was made in 1905 (the H is for hammerless, the E is for ejectors). It looks like it’s in nice condition. I’m not sure how many 16 gauge DHEs Parker made, but I can tell that you don’t see them on the market that often, especially nice shooters like this one. This one is online at Gunbroker.com and the auction ends 9/25/2013 3:15:42 PM ET. So if you like it, get on it now.

16 gauge Parker DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun: With steel 28″ barrels. 2-1/2″ chambers choked Imp. Mod and full according to my gauges. Bluing is thinning on barrels and stock has the usual dings and scratches for a gun this age. recoil pad is flat from sitting. 14″ LOP to the front trigger. Size 1 frame. Bores are great. Serial # 134521.

16 gauge Parker Bros DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Parker Bros DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Parker Bros DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Parker Bros DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Parker Bros DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Parker Bros DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Parker Bros DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Parker Bros DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun

Auction alert: Doubles by Francotte, Winchester, Browning, L.C. Smith & more…

Montrose Auctions, Montrose, GA
Montrose Auctions, Montrose, GA

Montrose Auctions in Montrose, GA, is having a firearms auctions tomorrow, July 27.  Here are a few of the doubles that caught my eye:

Baker 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun: Serial # 170423, 28″ bbls, Very good overall condition, with strong traces of case coloring on receiver, with extractor LOP 14 1/4.

Browning BSS 12 gauge SxS: 26″ bbls, Serial # 7829A72 Excellent condition LOP 14 1/4 barrel.

Winchester M21 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun
Winchester M21 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun

Winchester M21 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun: Serial # 7470 Very good overall condition with blue loss on underside of receiver & trigger guard primarily due to flaking, light cracks in beaver tail forend, MFD. in the mid 1930s. Choked improved cylinder/light full, 2 3/4″.

Francotte Knockabout 20 gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun
Francotte Knockabout 20 gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun

Francotte Knockabout 20 gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun: Serial # 1069, 26″ bbls with ejectors. Very good overall condition, with 70% thinning blue remaining on barrels, LOP 15″.

L.C. Smith Field Grade 20 gauge SxS Shotgun: Serial # 22974, 28″ bbls, Very good overall condition with traces of original case coloring slightly thinning blue to barrels with extractor LOP 14 1/8.

L.C. Smith Field Grade 20 gauge SxS Shotgun
L.C. Smith Field Grade 20 gauge SxS Shotgun

Remington 3200 12 gauge O/U Double Barrel Shotgun: Serial # 0U11671, 30″ bbls, Good to very good overall condition with oil soaked stock & forend, choked full, LOP 13 3/4″, factory recall work complete.

Fabrique Nationale Liege O/U 12 gauge Shotgun
Fabrique Nationale Liege O/U 12 gauge Shotgun

Fabrique Nationale Liege O/U 12 gauge Shotgun: Serial # 76J23454, 30″ bbls, Very good to excellent overall condition, with light handling marks to stock & forearm, LOP 14 1/4″.

Good gun alert: a 28 gauge Parker Repro, 28″ bbls, double triggers…

28 gauge Parker Reproduction Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge Parker Reproduction Double Barrel Shotgun

In 1984, Winchester Arms introduced the “The Parker Reproduction by Winchester“, a double barrel shotgun based in the original Parker Bros. design. Made in Japan, these side-by-sides were vailable in three grades –DHE  BHE and A1 Special grades —  and produced until 1989.

28 gauge Parker Reproduction Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge Parker Reproduction Double Barrel Shotgun

In all, around 12,000 Parker Repros were made — 4,203 DHE in 28 gauge. Of these 4,203 shotguns, the one below is one of the hardest configurations to find. It’s also the most desirable. Take a good look at it. I get it will be gone soon.

28 gauge Parker Reproduction Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge Parker Reproduction Double Barrel Shotgun

28 gauge Parker Reproduction Double Barrel Shotgun: A very rare configuration – 28″ bbls, straight-hand stock, double triggers and a beavertail fore end. In the factory hard case with canvas cover and snap caps.

Price: $4,999.99

Caliber: 28 gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Case color has faded some. Retains most of its original blue.
Wood Condition: Light marking if any. When installing the recoil pad, the stock was left as long as possible, so the widow’s peak left by the skeleton butt has been filled.
Bore Condition: Bright and shiny.
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Double
Stock: Straight-hand
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/2″ LOP. 1 1/2″ DAC. 2 3/8″ DAH.
Fore End: Beavertail
Butt Pad: Trim black recoil pad
Weight: 5 3/4 lbs.
Chokes: Mod/Full
Item Location: Sidney, NE

Auction Alert: 20g Browning Diana, Parker SC Trap, Remington M32, 16 Fox, 12g Parker…

Along with this 20g A.H. Fox, there a bunch of nice looking shotguns coming up this Saturday, Jun 15, at Morphy Auctions in Denver, PA. Here are the ones that caught my eye.

Browning Superposed Diana O/U 20 GA Shotgun
Browning Superposed Diana O/U 20 GA Shotgun

Browning Superposed Diana O/U 20 GA Shotgun:  Manufacture date: 1962. Serial #: 25309. Barrel length: 26″. Factory engraving and signed by Browning, master engraver, “M. Magis”. Frame is fully engraved with depictions of pheasants, ducks, game birds, and rabbits. Incredible Turkish Walnut stock and fore end with nice checkering . Estimate: $10,000.00 – $15,000.00

Remington M32, 30" bbls, double triggers
Remington M32, 30″ bbls, double triggers

Remington M32 12 GA Shotgun: Serial #: 677. Barrel length: 30″. Chamber length: 2 – 3/4″. Choke dimension: M-Im. Length of pull: 14 – 1/2″. Drop on the heel: 2 – 1/4″. Drop at toe: 1 – 1/2″. Remington trap grade with recoil pad Bluing thinning on receiver barrels retain good bluing. Wood has a few handling. Estimate: $300.00 – $500.00

Savage-Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA SxS Shotgun: Serial #: 369643. Barrel length: 28″. Chamber length: 2 – 3/4″. Choke dimension: F-M. Length of pull: 14″. Drop on the heel: 2 – 3/4″. Vivid case coloring and barrel bluing is excellent. Mechanically fine with very few scratches on stock. Blued trigger shows a few scratches. Estimate: $400.00-500.00

16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker VH 12 GA SxS Shotgun. 32" bbls.
Parker VH 12 GA SxS Shotgun. 32″ bbls.

Parker VH 12 GA SxS Shotgun: Serial #: 141071. Barrel length: 32″. Chamber length: 2 – 3/4″. Length of pull: 14 – 1/2″. Drop on the heel: 1 – 3/4″. Concave rib Parker barrels center white gear. Small spot of rust on rig and lever retains a right position. Vivid case coloring still remains on receiver with good. Estimate: $1,000.00 – $1,500.00

On Ebay now: an original 1937 “The Parker Gun” shotgun catalog…

1937 Parker Double Barrel Shotgun Catalog
1937 Parker Double Barrel Shotgun Catalog

Old gun catalogs from the original makers are one of the best places to learn about vintage shotguns. This Parker shotgun catalog on Ebay now is one of the nicest the company every produced. It’s also one of the most detailed and informative. If you’re really into Parker shotguns, it’s a must have.

This catalog is from 1937 – so well into Parker’s Remington period. I think it’s the final retail catalog Parker/Remington ever produced. With nice pictures, long descriptions and big pages (the catalog measures 11″ x 8 1/2″), it’s also one of the best. Ever single Parker shotgun available at the time is featured – from the A1 Special to single barrel Parker Trap guns. There are also accessories like butt pads and detailed instructions for ordering a new Parker side by side.

On the collector’s market, a catalog like this is a $400-$475 item, so if you can get this one for any less than that you’re going well. The auctions end on Feb 07, 2013 @ 17:30:18 PST, so get on it now.

Here’s part of the description of it from the seller’s listing:

1937 Parker Double Barrel Shotgun Catalog
1937 Parker Double Barrel Shotgun Catalog

“This is a all original Parker Gun Catalogue from when Remington took over production. The catalogue is in excellent condition with minimal wear , one small tear on one page…The catalog has all of the information when one was going to order one of these fine shotguns. It includes all of the grades from A1 Special to Trojan. It describes each grade in detail…”

A real nice Remington: 12 gauge FE Trap Gun…

12 gauge Remington FE Trap Gun, side-by-side, double barrel shotgun
12 gauge Remington FE Trap Gun, side-by-side, double barrel shotgun

Remington used to a major player in the American double’s market. From 1873 t0 about 1909, they made 200,000+ side-by-side shotguns.

The 12 gauge FE Trap you see here was made around 1907. Remington introduced this model in 1906 and offered it for  just three years.

12 gauge Remington FE Trap Gun, side-by-side, double barrel shotgun
12 gauge Remington FE Trap Gun, side-by-side, double barrel shotgun
12 gauge Remington FE Trap Gun, side-by-side, double barrel shotgun
12 gauge Remington FE Trap Gun, side-by-side, double barrel shotgun
12 gauge Remington FE Trap Gun, side-by-side, double barrel shotgun
12 gauge Remington FE Trap Gun, side-by-side, double barrel shotgun
12 gauge Remington FE Trap Gun, side-by-side, double barrel shotgun
12 gauge Remington FE Trap Gun, side-by-side, double barrel shotgun

 

 

Super Auction Alert: L.C. Smith 20g 2E, Parker 20g VH, W. & C. Scott & more…

L.C. Smith – Mod. Grade 2 – 20ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/28” Barrels) – w/Auto Ejectors
L.C. Smith – Mod. Grade 2 – 20ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/28” Barrels) – w/Auto Ejectors

Redding Auction is having this sale on  Sunday, November 4, @ 9:00 AM (PDF of guns).  There are handful of nice looking shotguns there, including these side-by-sides, as well as percussion fowler by Woodard & Co. and a Collath drilling.

Check out these hightlights:

Super nice & rare L.C. Smith – Mod. Grade 2 – 20ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/28” Barrels) – w/Auto Ejectors

Parker Bros. – Mod. VH Grade – 20ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/28” Barrels)

Fox – Mod. Sterlingworth – 20ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/26” Barrels) – w/Double Triggers

Woodward & Co. – Percussion Heavy Bore Fowler – w/52 ½” Octagon to Round Barrel

Remington – Mod. 1873/75 – 12ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/30” Damascus Barrels)

Ithaca Gun – Flues Model Grade 3 – 12ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/30” Damascus Barrels)

Charles Daly – Mod. Prussian Lindner – 12ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/30” Barrels) – w/Ejectors

WC Scott – “Monte Carlo B” Grade Sidelock (Antique) 12ga. Double Barrel Shotgun

Tobin Arms – Mod. 30 – 12ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/30” Barrels)

W. Collath & Sohn – 2 Barrel Set German Drilling – 16ga. x 16ga. x 3.8 x 72R – 16ga. x 16ga. x 6.5 x 58R

Midland Gun Co. of Birmingham & London – 12ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/30” Barrels)

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