A GALAZAN – BEST BOSS O/U , 20 Gauge FANTASY ENGRAVED: CREATIVE ARTS FAUSTI ENGRAVED 29″ SOLID RIB 012 AND 017 2 3/4 SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT WITH ENGRAVED HEEL AND TOE PLATES INCREDIBLE ENGRAVING AND WOOD NEW UNFIRED IN MAKERS CASE 6LBS 9 OZ X 2 3/8″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 1/2″. Price:$39,500
Thomas Bland SLE 20 Gauge: 28″ Chokes: IC – M L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″ C x 2 1/4″ H Weight: 5 lbs 6 oz Ser. #: 17525 Price: $8,950
Beretta 689 Express 9.3X74R Over & Under Double Rifle: Listed as used, but in as new condition with Beretta hard foam lined case. Unsurpassed Beretta quality features solid rib, nicely colored, case hardened receiver, jeweled action, iron sights, claw mounts, double triggers, richly grained, satin finished and checkered walnut stock and fore end, sling bases with quick detachable loops, and factory recoil pad. All this accompanied by a Zeiss Digital-Z 4X32 T* scope with integral mounting rail. Appears unfired. As always, let the pictures be your guide to condition. Always glad to answer questions. Price: $7500
It’s a 28 gauge Parker BHE built in 1916. When it was made, Quality B.H. guns were the 4th down in the company’s lineup, below the A. No. 1 Special, the A.A.H., and the A.H. (the first Invincible was completed in 1923).
Parker only made 1,034 B.H. grade guns. That’s not many, especially for a company that built 247,000+ doubles in all. Most of those B.H. grades were 12s. As it says below, only four were 28 gauges.
Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26″ Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. “00” frame. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. The gun is fabulously engraved with scroll and floral pattern – a special order feature. It has 2-7/8″ original chambers with excellent bright shiny bores, measuring .563 right and .557 left. Full length matted top rib with proper original Acme barrel legend. The gun has a capped pistol grip, inlaid with a gold cap and a large “H” engraved on the cap. Original skeleton buttplate with traces of original blue remaining. Stock dimensions in the factory letter are LOP of 14-1/4″ with drop-at-comb of 1-3/4″ and drop-at-heel of 3-1/8″. The gun has these exact specifications today. Weight is 5lbs 7oz – exactly as found in the PGCA letter. Barrel blue is excellent and all original and appears to be in the 75% range. Price:$59,500
Parker BHE *****28GAUGE *****- Incredibly rare (1 of 4 in this configuration) with original condition throughout – letters exactly as found!: For your consideration is an extremely rare Parker BHE 28ga with original 26″ Acme Steel barrels. “00” frame. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. The gun is fabulously engraved with scroll and floral pattern – a special order feature. It has 2-7/8″ original chambers with excellent bright shiny bores, measuring .563 right and .557 left. Full length matted top rib with proper original Acme barrel legend. The gun has a capped pistol grip, inlaid with gold cap and a large “H” engraved on the cap. Original skeleton buttplate with traces of original blue remaining. Stock dimensions in the factory letter are LOP of 14-1/4″ with drop at comb of 1-3/4 and drop at heel of 3-1/8. The gun has these exact specifications today. Weight is 5lbs 7oz- exactly as found in the PGCA letter. Barrel blue is excellent and all original and appears to be in the 75% range. The gun does have some original colors as seen in the photos. Here is your chance to buy an incredibly rare Parker 28ga that is field ready for many more lifetimes ahead. Please dont hesitate to contact me with any questions on the gun. Price: $59,500
Both sets of barrels are 90% or better. Both sets of barrels lock up tight and on the face. There is no corrosion either inside or outside either set of barrels. There are no dents or dings on either set of barrels. Ejectors for both sets of barrels work properly and are in time.
The forearm wood shows little to no use. All checkering on both forearms is in very fine condition. There are no issues with either forearm.
The Stock checkering is in very fine condition showing little use. The stock was cut and subsequently lengthened with the installation of 3/4″ total in spacers. The Hawkins Pad is period correct. The Parker letter does not indicate the stock treatment. There are a few handling marks on both sides of the stock.
The action has 90% or better case colors. There are Pheasant on the right and Quail on the left. The bottom is engraved with two Setters and a fence row. All screws are in fine condition and in time. The gold grip cap is in place and has initials engraved in it as well as a finely engraved border.
This is a fine condition Late Remington Parker AHE. This is one of the last three AHE’s manufactured according to the Parker Story. According to the Parker Story there were only 4 total 12 gauge AHE’s manufactured with 26” Fluid Steel Barrels. There were only 18 total 12 gauge AHE’s manufactured with 28” Fluid Steel Barrels. This is also on a desirable and scarce Parker ½ Frame action. This combination makes this Parker extremely rare and possibly the only one manufactured. With the exception of the stock modifications listed above the firearm shows little use. The firearm matches the Parker Letter. This is a no excuses, no speculation, verified factory two barrel, high grade, 1/2 Frame firearm that can easily take its place as the centerpiece of a collection. Both barrel sets are stamped ½ and all measurements on the action confirm this is a ½ frame 12ga. Price:$55,000
John Rigby 12 Bore – LONDON BEST SIDE BY SIDE 1992, CASED: 6lbs 6oz, SxS, IC/M, LOP 14 3/4″, DAH 2 5/8″, DAC 1 5/8″. Serial Number: 18475. Purpose built in 1992 for gunning American upland birds over fine dogs. Weighing just 6lbs. 6oz. and balanced perfectly 1/8” in front of the hinge pin, the gun is fast to shoulder and a pleasure to carry all day through tough terrain. With its 28” chopper lump barrels choked IC/M and the English style stock the gun is simply gorgeous. The sidelock action has side plates shaped in the traditional Rigby style, with cocking indicators, game scene/banknote scroll engraving, perfect screws and metal fit, and sculpted bolsters on the bottom of the frame. The original case color is still prominent and aged to that perfect hue and contrast. The gun is stocked to the fences with gorgeous English walnut with a diamond shape at the grip, drop points, perfect 28LPI checkering, and terminates in a gorgeous pigskin Purdey style leather covered pad. The gun has the Holland & Holland style assisted-opening feature that you would expect from a true LONDON BEST, and is housed in the factory oak & leather case with all the best accessories. THIS IS A RARE FIND THAT YOU WON’T SEE FOR SALE IN THE MARKETPLACE AGAIN FOR SOME TIME. The reputation of Paul Roberts building best guns in the finest English fashion is well established. The engraving, done by John Beech of London, is superb, with gorgeous scenes of woodcock, pheasants, and a setter on point. A finer investment in the gunmaker’s art would be hard to find, regardless of the name on the barrels. Thanks for looking! Price:$24,500.00
Chambers: 2 INCH
Condition: VERY GOOD
Metal Condition: VERY GOOD
Wood Condition: VERY GOOD
Bore Condition: BRIGHT
Barrels: 26 IN
Gauge: 12 GA
Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN
Stock Heel: 2 1/4
LOP: 14 3/4IN
Weight: 5LBS 2.6OZ
Manufacture Date: 1946
Choke Left: FULL
Choke Right: IMP/CYL
FRANCOTTE 20E IN 12 GAUGE – 28″ BARRELS – BOXLOCK – EJECTORS – FLORAL ENGRAVED FENCES DOUBLE BARREL SXS: Here is a solid Francotte 20E with 28″ barrels and ejectors. This is a well made sideplated boxlock. Double underbite with concealed Greener style third fastener. Side clips. Tight and on the face. No loose ribs. No cracks to wood. A vintage VL&D Import. Auto safety. Right barrel measures .729 with 3/1000 choke (Skeet), while left is .730 with 8/1000 (IC). Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14″ Drop at Comb – 1 3/4″ Drop at Heel – 2 3/4″. Price:$1,200
A. Hollis .577 Nitro Express SxS Double Rifle: Underlever hammer rifle. Weight 13-3/4 pounds, 25″ Krupp-Steel Chopper-Lump barrels, proofed 650-90 Cordite 577 3″ Nitro Express. Barrels have great bores with crisp, sharp rifling from back to front, dolls head extension, flip-up ivory night sight and excellent blacking. 15-1/8″ pull over Silvers recoil pad, Holland-style cheekpiece, excellent wood to metal fit, and blank initial oval. Traces of case-color remain on the lever, action and rebounding hammers. Includes trunk case and accessories as pictured, as well as RCBS loading dies, and a decent supply of brass, and Woodleigh bullets. Price:$34,500
8LBS 2OZS AS SHOTGUN 27 ½ INCH SHOTGUN BARRELS2 ½ CHAMBERS
AS NEW CONDITION INSIDE AND OUT
BELGUIM PROOFED OUTSTANDING QUALITY
Parker BHE 12 Gauge SxS Shotgun, 30” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm: 2 ¾” chambers, chokes measure .039 right and .040 left. Barrels retain 96% original bluing with various light handling marks. The rib has dual white beads and is marked “PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. CONN. ACME STEEL”. Bores are clean and shiny. #2 frame has darkened and retains 40% original case coloring. Floorplate has darkened and retains 60% original color. Trigger guard retains 20% original bluing. Forend iron retains little color. Double triggers, ejectors and automatic safety. Pistol grip stock and forearm have had varnish added. Both have various light handling marks. Length of pull: 14 1/2” to the front trigger over a Pachmayr Old English recoil pad. Drop at comb: 1 3/4″. Drop at heel: 3 1/8″. Weight: 7.8 lbs. Mechanics are good. Price:$16,995
MANUFRANCE COSTO SxS 16 GAUGE – HIGH CONDITION – OPEN AND FULL CHOKES: Here is a Manufrance Costo 16 ga with special barrels. The right barrel has slight rifling designed to dramatically open the pattern on the first shot (front trigger). This was confirmed by examining a vintage copy of the product catalog. This high condition gun has all original case color and finish. Excellent bores. The famous French retractable swivel system is fully intact with the leather as supple as new. It is very rare to find these swivel devices in fully functional condition. Swamped rib. Barrels are 27 5/8″ with bore measurements of .669 right and .671 left. While the right barrel has the spreader choke, the left barrel has 45/1000 choke (extra full). Chambers are 2 3/4″. Extractors. Swamped rib. Non-auto safety. Weight is 6 LBS, 3 1/2 OZ. LOP is 14 7/16″. A rare gun in this condition. Price:$1,650
Now this Parker is on Gunbroker.com. Even though the listing end on 7/30/2016 @ 9:00 PM, the bidding has already broke $30,000!
1916 Parker BHE 20ga with 32″ Barrels 20 ga SxS: Very rare, highly collectable 1916 Parker BHE (serial #174053) with straight stock and 32″ barrels. This Parker remains in high original condition with very good stock, B engraved receiver and Acme steel barrels. It is apparent that this shotgun has likely spent a lot of it’s 100 year old life tucked away in someone’s safe, leg-o-mutton gun case or closet. Shotguns of this quality rarely come up for auction as they are usually socked away in someone’s collection for many years and then passed on to family members, never to be seen by the general public. The consignor, after only a brief ownership, brought this Parker to me with hopes of alleviating homefront tensions. This little SxS features a straight stock, 32″ barrels with shiney bores, ejectors (which work with authority), “0” frame and double triggers. All desireable options for any SxS, but especially a high grade Parker. LOP is at 13 7/8″, DAC is 1 1/2″, DAH is 2 3/4″ and it weighs in at 6 lb 8 oz. Both bores measure .618 with .018 constriction on the right barrel and .024 on the left. Lock up is Parker tight and there is no movement between the barrels and the receiver with the forearm off. This is a seldom seen opportunity to own a high grade Parker. Also included with this Parker is the original leg-o-mutton case that A.T. DeForest bought for it. USPS money orders preferred, with incentives to purchase with money orders or cash.
If you’re a Parker fanatic with deep pockets, grab your check book. Here’s a super rare one, and even though it’s 100 years old, it looks like this side-by-side remains in incredible original condition.
According to the Parker collector’s site, Parker Bros made just over 1,000 BH-grades (which are Quality Bs without hammers — BH). I imagine very, very few of those were 20 gauges with 32″ barrels, ejectors (the E in BHE) and straight grips.
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels: Very rare, highly collectable 1916 Parker BHE (serial #174053) with straight stock and 32″ barrels. This Parker remains in high original condition with very good stock, B engraved receiver and Acme steel barrels. It is apparent that this shotgun has likely spent a lot of it’s 100 year old life tucked away in someone’s safe, leg-o-mutton gun case or closet. Shotguns of this quality rarely come up for as they are usually socked away in someone’s collection for many years and then passed on to family members, never to be seen by the general public. The consignor, after only a brief ownership, brought this Parker to me with hopes of alleviating homefront tensions. This little SxS features a straight stock, 32″ barrels with shiney bores, ejectors (which work with authority), “0” frame and double triggers. All desireable options for any SxS, but especially a high grade Parker. LOP is at 13 7/8″, DAC is 1 1/2″, DAH is 2 3/4″ and it weighs in at 6 lb 8 oz. Both bores measure .618 with .018 constriction on the right barrel and .024 on the left. Lock up is Parker tight and there is no movement between the barrels and the receiver with the forearm off. This is a seldom seen opportunity to own a high grade Parker. Also included with this Parker is the original leg-o-mutton case that A.T. DeForest bought for it. Price: P.O.R.
Manufacturer: Parker Model: BHE Serial Number: 174053 Ejectors: yes Metal Condition: very good Wood Condition: verygood Bore Condition: shiney Barrels: 32 inch Barrel Type: SxS Action: boxlock
Triggers: double Gauge: 20 Stock: straight Stock Comb: 1 1/2″ Stock Heel: 2 3/4″ LOP: 13 7/8″ Rib: solid Weight: 6 lb 8 oz Sights: single bead Manufacture Date: 1916 Choke Left: full Choke Right: mod Engraving: B engraving
Carol Watson’s Orange Coast Auctions in Irvine, CA, is having a big sale tomorrow. There are a number of good doubles in it. Here are a couple that caught my eye. And if you like Parker Repro, be sure you take a look through the entire sale. There are a lot of them listed, and some of them (like a couple I pointed out) are very hard to find.
Lot 190: Winchester-Parker Reproduction DHE Grade Side-by-Side Shotgun: #28-01164, 28 ga., 28” game rib blue barrels choked Full/Mod., roll-engraved game scene case-hardened boxlock frame, checkered pistol-grip walnut stock with engraved steel skeleton buttplate and splinter forend. All features are standard to this model, including auto safety, auto ejectors, single brass bead front sight, and single trigger. Condition is excellent, appearing new and unfired. Stock shows minor marks from handling. In original leather case, with Parker marked snap cap and canvas cover, showing some soiling to external of case. Length of pull: 14-1/4”. Est.: $3,000-$5,000.
Lot 194: Winchester-Parker Reproduction DHE Grade Side-by-Side Shotgun: #12-1548, 12 ga., 28” game rib blue barrels with Winchester choke tubes, roll-engraved game scene case-hardened boxlock frame, checkered straight-grip walnut stock with skeleton buttplate and splinter forend. All features are standard to this model, including auto safety, auto ejectors, single brass bead front sight, and double triggers. Condition is excellent, appearing new and unfired. In original leather case with full compliment of choke tubes and Parker snap caps. Length of pull: 14-3/4”. Est.: $3,500-$5,000.
Lot 214: Rare Winchester-Parker Reproduction BHE Grade Limited Edition Two-Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun: #20-0065, 20 ga., 26” game rib blue matte barrels choked Imp./Mod.; and 28” game rib blue matte barrels choked Full/Mod.; both barrels show light roll engraving at breech; roll-engraved game scene case-hardened boxlock frame, checkered straight-grip fancy walnut stock with engraved steel skeleton buttplate and splinter forend. All features are standard to this model, including auto safety, auto ejectors, single brass bead front sight, and double triggers. Considered extremely scarce as only 100 were mfg’d in 20 ga., and only a handful were two-barrel sets. Mfg’d 1987-1989. Condition is excellent, appearing new and unfired, in original leather case showing minor scuffs, with Parker marked snap cap, instructions, and warranty card. Length of pull: 14-3/4”. Est.: $8,000-$12,000.
Lot 228: Browning B-S/S Side-by-Side Shotgun: #02363PY158, 12 ga., 28” barrels choked Imp.Cyl./Imp. Cyl., blue finish, checkered pistol-grip walnut stock, with later added Kick-eez rubber butt pad. Condition is excellent showing only light marks from handling and some very minor wear to finish at balance point of frame. Length of pull to end of wood: 13-1/8”; 14-5/8” to end of pad. Est.: $1,200-$1,800
Lot 217: Remington Model 3200 1 of 1000 Trap O/U Shotgun: #T0185, 12 ga., 30” barrel choked Full/Mod., roll engraved blue finish, select fancy checkered walnut stock and forend, with adjustable butt pad. Condition is excellent showing little use, with very light marks to stock from handling. Action is crisp, bores are bright. Est.: $1,800-$2,400.
PARKER BHE 12 GAUGE – ORIGINAL OUTSTANDING CONDITION – 30″ BARRELS: Parker BHE (Grade 5) in 12 gauge with 30″ barrels. Straight grip with skeleton butt plate. Sharp engraving. Excellent case colors. Double triggers. Bores as original at .732 with 40/1000 choke (Full) in each barrel. Chambers as original at 2 3/4″. Number 2 Frame size. 163,000 serial number range (1912-1913 Date of Manufacture). Top lever far right indicating minimal use. Weight of gun is 7 LBS 13 1/4 OZ. LOP – 14 1/2″. Drop at Comb – 1 3/4″. Drop at Heel – 2 7/8″. Price:$27,995
BELGIUM SxS 405 WIN- EXC PRE-WAR DOUBLE- EXC PLUS BORES- EXC WOOD- ONLY 6 Lbs. 11 Oz.- 25 5/8″ Bbls:#1737, A Belgium Pre-War Quality 405 Winchester Double Rifle, 25 5/8″ extractor Dovetail lump barrels, Rib extension hidden third bite, Full length rib with a flip over two blade rear sight, Bolstered frame, Bushed strikers, Double triggers with the front articulated, Open pistol grip stock, Wrap around checkering, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Sling eyes, 14 5/16″ LOP over a full faced checkered butt, No cheekpiece, No cast so it is ideal for the left or right hand, Nice weight of 6 lbs. 11 oz., An excellent piece of European Walnut with deep black & brown contrast, 15% engraving coverage with deep carved oak leaves on the balls of the action, 50% original case colors, The barrel blue at 96%, The stock finish at 92%, The checkering at 92%, Excellent plus bores, It has “W. L.” engraved on the floorplate that was done later. This is a very nice and attractive double rifle that is light and has quick handling characteristics. Here is a neat fun gun in a great American cartridge. Price: $7,250
Prussian Built J.P. Sauer Grade 40E 12 bore. This gun exhibits old world craftsmanship at its finest. Overall in VG – Exc. Condition. Bores are perfect, with no defects. Action is sound on the face with no looseness throughout the drop. Barrel blue remains at a conservative 90%. Case colors have mellowed to a dark French Grey with mottled case color mixed in for a very classy appearance. Just a great gun with a lifetime of service left. Maker J.P. Sauer – Prussia Gauge/Caliber 12 Bore Barrels 28″ w/ 2 3/4″ Chambers. Chokes Mod. & Full Engraving Game Scene, Scroll, & Woodland Scene. Action BLE w/ Crossbolt Third Fastner Stock Well figured Circassian Butt Hawkins Pad. L.O.P. 14 3/8″ Weight 6 lbs. 12.9 oz. Stock Dimensions 1 1/2 x 2 5/8 x 14 3/8 x 1/4 cast off. Price $6950
AYA #2 28ga Side-by-Side Shotgun. As new in factory box: This is a delightful gun that handles like a wand in virtually brand new condition. Matching factory box included. The only reason I know that the gun has been fired is the man who bought it new said he fired a handful of rounds thru it. SHOWS NO WEAR/USE Straight grip, automatic ejectors, double triggers. Imported by N.E. Custom Gun Service Plainfield, NH . Mfct 2003 by serial number. 27″ barrels choked IC & IC. The gun is so slender that the barrels feel longer. Perfect length for this little 28ga gun. 5# 12oz DAC 1 1/2″ DAH 2 3/8″ LOP 15″ Beautiful color case hardening and walnut with nice color and grain. Fantastic long dimensions with checkered butt. This gun offers an incredible value for the money!!! Price:$4895
A H Fox Sterlingworth DeLuxe 16 Gauge Automatic Ejectors: A H FOX, UTICA STERLINGWORTH DELUXE, 16 GAUGE, 28″ BARRELS, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BORES, TWIN IVORY BEADS. BOLD VIVID CASE COLOR. PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, TOP LEVER TO THE FAR RIGHT. GREAT DIMENSIONS 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14 1/8″, JOSTAM PAD. 100% ORIGINAL INCLUDING THE PAD, 6 1/2 POUNDS. MADE IN LAST YEAR OF PRODUCTION 1939. TRUE DELUXE MODELS ARE SCARCE. Price:$2,500
PARKER BHE TRAP VENT RIB 12 GAUGE: #207XXX #1 FRAME 32″ VENT RIB FULL AND FULL 2 3/4 SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER EJECTORS BEAVER TAIL FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH CASE COLORS 8LBS 7 OZ X 2 1/4 X 1 7/8 X 14 1/2. Price: $18,500
Winchester – Model 21 Duck, 12ga., 32″ barrels, Double Triggers: Full/Full choked, 3” chambers, Duck gun, capped pistol grip, 3-point checkering, checkered butt, very rare double triggers, ejectors, splinter forend, highly figured, superb, as new gun with long length of pull. 7lb. 7oz.. 14 3/8” LOP 1 ½” x 2 ¼”. Price: $8,250
Sidelock Belgian O/U Double Barrel Shotgun 12ga (pre-war): Fine Pre-War Self-Opener Sidelock Belgian O/U shotgun built in 1933. The gun is marked ‘SuperAuto’ H. Scherrer Patent. Barrels are marked ‘Fluid Compressed Steel’ with all appropiate proofs of that era including 12-70 for 2 3/4″ chambers. Barrels 27″ with solid rib, chokes Top-.004/Bot- .035, straight grip, 14″ lop to ck. butt, Doub. trig. non-auto safety, auto ejectors, Funeral Model finish with light border engraving. DAC 1 1/2″, DAH 2″, Cast neutral. Metal finish 90%++ with only light edge wear. This is a High Quality Sidelock Pre WWII O/U shotgun. Price: $4750
Westley Richards 12 gauge Side-by-Side Boxlock Shotgun: Factory 2 3/4″ chambers, s/n T 10993, heavy 1 1/4 oz. proof. Receiver: crossbolt, side clips, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, double triggers, receiver retains most of original case colors (some light scratching through clear coating on right side that doesn’t cut into case colors), PROOFED FOR HEAVY LOADS (SEE PHOTOS OF WATER TABLE). Barrels: 28″ length, BORES EXCELLENT PLUS, choked Full & Improved Mod., swamped hand filed rib, blue has somewhat thinned over the years (gun has never been reblacked). Stock: English (straight) style, splinter forearm, buttstock has 14 1/4″ LOP over solid pad and spacer (see photos), DAC 1 3/4″, DAH 2 1/2″, twin Ivory beads, checkering is excellent on buttstock and forearm. Price:$5495
C. S. Rosson & Co., 12 gauge Side-by-Side, Boxlock Shotgun: Model Wildfowl Magnum, 12 GAUGE, 3″ CHAMBERS, s/n 3223. Receiver: double trigger, double underlocking lugs, crossbolt, side clips, extractors, not a droplock but a detachable bottom plate to access lock, retains traces of original case colors, blued detachable bottom plate. Barrels: 30″ length, choked Full & Improved Mod., EXCELLENT BORES, swamped and tapered hand filed rib, nice blue (if they have been reblacked it was a nice job), 3″ CHAMBERS, 3 1/2 TON PROOFED. Stock: no cracks, LOP 15″ over solid recoil pad, DAC 1 1/2″, DAH 2 1/2″, nice checkering on buttstock and forearm, Walnut, pleasing dark color. Cased in a nice canvas covered hard case. Price $3495
In Catholic School, the nuns taught us that to covet is to sin. The second I saw this double barrel shotgun, I sinned. It’s a 16 gauge Parker BHE and it appears to be all original.
Parker made just 1,034 BH-grade hammerless shotguns. This one was built in 1924 and it was ordered with Extra Fine Damascus barrels – an unusual choice for such a later Parker. At $35,000 it’s not cheap. But judging by what nice, high-grade Parkers are bringing these days, it’s not that expensive, either.
Twelve gauge, BH-grade Parkers aren’t hard to find. Even though they were an expensive, custom ordered double, the company made 1,034 of them as hammerless side-by-sides.
But when you start adding in features like 32″ barrels, a single, selective trigger (introduced in 1921) and a vent rib, you’re talking about a very scarce Parker double barrel shotgun. Parker started delivering SxS shotguns with vent ribs around 1923, and they didn’t become popular options until 1926. In all, the company probably added this feature to fewer than 750 doubles.
PARKER BHE TRAP VENT RIB 12 GAUGE: #207XXX #1 FRAME 32″ VENT RIB FULL AND FULL 2 3/4 SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER EJECTORS BEAVER TAIL FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH CASE COLORS. 8LBS 7 OZ X. 2 1/4: X 1 7/8″ X 14 1/2″. Price: $18,500
The 16 Parker DHE I wrote about this AM is a tough gun to find. But the Parker you see here is even harder to track down. It’s a 16g BHE.
According to the Parker Gun Collector’s Association, the Parker company made just 1,034 B- grade hammerless shotguns. Of those, I bet very few came with in 16 gauge a straight, ejectors, shootable dimensions, and 28″ damascus barrels, like this one.
Called “Hansome and Durable” by Parker Bros, B grades were the fifth grade from the top (Invincible, A1-Special, AAH, AH, BH) and always custom made. They came standard with Circassian walnut stocks and they featured checkered side panels with fancy fleur-de-lis drop points.
Here’s more about the gun from the seller:
Parker BHE, 16 ga, 28″, Double Barrel SxS Shotgun: #208XXX, 28” Damascus bbls, 2 9/16 ” chambers, IM/M chokes. Lop: 14 5/8 ” LOP, 2 5/8 ” DOH, Skeleton buttplate, 6 lbs, 12 oz. Made in 1924. Stock: Original finish. Metal: Original finish, Concave File Cut rib. Price: $35,000
BTW: If you’ve ever wondered about the strength of damascus steel barrels, make note that this gun was made in 1924 – well after nitro powders had become the standard in the industry.