For more information contact Bud 509-465-8406 or websportingsales aol. Thanks very much, was simpler then I thought. To this day you do not find many Parkers where it is mechanically unsound. Consider upgrading your membership for less than a box of bullets! King also designed the first hammerless Parker. I am trying to learn more about an old 12 gage double barrel side lock hammer shot gun.
I cannot figure out the grade. I have not had problems selling reasonably priced nicely restored guns! These engravers at the turn of the 19 th century were the finest in the trade. If the wood needs to be replaced the cost would more than double. The modern shooter is used to holding the cheek tight to the stock where the old timers held their head straight up. Their shotguns were manufactured in a variety of grades that ranged from the affordable Trojan to the exquisite Invincible. Go back to the parkerguns.
Like most people who ask for opinions, I reserve the right to not print articles that are not relevant or are offensive. Includes specifications and prices for gun cases. The one area Parker was at the head of the class was the engravers they employed. There even appears to be hints of case coloring on the receiver, most specimens, unless refinished, are silver. But you may not know that they were sometimes fitted with add-on extras which can significantly add to value. Next came the establishment of the Parker Snow Co. However, we do not have a whole lot of information on these Belgian knockoffs of Parker Bros.
Extras also increase the value: Vent Rib, Single Trigger, Beaver Tail Forend, ejectors and the list goes on. It doesn't matter what powder you use, or what the load, the guns are dangerous. I'm sorry Tom, but your gun is a lower quality Belgian made Tradename gun and in no way connected to Parker Brothers of Meriden, Conn. The owners in those countries often had the barrels and wood redone every four or five years to protect the metal and wood. Parker Brothers remained in business from 1867 until 1934, when the firm was acquired by the Remington Arms Co. I could also buy a higher grade gun for several thousand. Over the years, corrosion from the old primers, and from black powder residue was forced by the pressure of firing into the tiny cracks and crevices between the strips that made up the barrel, and ate at the metal from the inside.
Most of us are more shooters than collectors. So right off the top I am giving my opinion from handling and owning many of the models, grades and gauges. Sure, some Damascus barrel guns are perfectly safe with black powder loads. Nancy Parker shotguns are the most collectible of any American-made shotgun. Most of these field grade restored guns will have some added value and the shooters may want a nicer looking gun. For Availability or To Order Joyce We are in no way affiliated with the Parker Gun Company. However, if it looks like new and is all original original blueing, case hardening, finish on the stock it is of much greater value than the same gun that has been worked on even by skills craftsmen and had these things redone e.
We will need more info and photos of the Sauer. Typically, a 60% case color Parker shotgun will have 90%+ blue and varnish, yet this does not mean the gun is 90% overall. I was told 10 years ago when I bought it was rare setup. Thanks for any help you can give. So it needs to be narrowed down.
A note about Parker condition: Percentages of condition indicate the amount of original case colors remaining on the frame, but sometimes these colors are faded and the rest of the gun is excellent - hence, all the separate condition factors must be considered when determining overall condition. I have a 16 Gauge on a 20 gauge 0 frame and it is lighter and much faster than a 16 on a 1 frame. For more information please call me. The Parker Brothers produced double-barreled side-by-side shotguns that were intended for bird hunting and sport shooting. Nothing can be done though to restore the value of cut barrels or thin barrel walls. Parkers were better than the average Belgium import but with Damascus barrels it is best used as a decorator piece and not a shoot-able firearm. Soon afterward, Parker brought his sons Wilber and Dexter into the business, forming the firm of Parker Brothers for the purpose of manufacturing side-by-side sporting shotguns featuring a lifter-type action.
Shotgun: Damascus Barrels Parker damascus barreled shotguns hammer or hammerless are very collectible if original condition is over 40%. Remember, the guns are not rare but their condition is. To the shooter Parker offered all kinds of options, the problem is you can not order an old Parker so when we pick one up and try it we can not hit the broad side of a barn, some of the early Parkers had a drop at the comb of 2 inches and the heel 3 ½ inches. Indeed, my biggest regret is that I did not buy an A1 Special at closeout prices when I had the chance! Parker shotguns have three basic identification marks that will help you identify your Parker. Sorry for rambling and I hope this helps you. The same is true with the 12 gauge on a 1 frame, most 12 gauges were manufactured on a number 2 frame.
Unless the gun has sentimental value, find out what it will cost to restore the gun, then can you recover your original investment and restoration costs. It was a 12 gauge and came with damascus and steel barrels numbered to the gun for 600 dollars. They produced shotguns for shooters of all walks of life. You appear to have a very nice specimen there. Also on the Parker Collectors site there are some great diagrams and pictures that show the engraving as it should look. Parker shotguns have been used in the hands of ranchers, movie stars, and titans of industry. Higher grade guns typically had ejectors, and will not make as much difference percentage-wise in the overall value as those lower grades with ejectors.