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Learn me about Parker Shotguns

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by CajunBass, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. CajunBass

    CajunBass Well-Known Member

    Anybody know anything about Parker shotguns? I know they're considered very good guns. My gandfather had a 20 ga, but I don't remember much about it.

    I looked at one at the LGS the other day. It was a V-Grade, 12ga., 28" BBL,Blue. It looked like it had been well hunted, but locked up tight. Couple of minor sports of rust, but nothing really abused or anything. Basically it just looked like a well used, well cared for field gun.

    I'm probably not really interested in buying it. I have no idea what I'd do with it other than look at it.

    I admit that I probably don't know enough about it to really ask a question.

    But darn that thing keeps nagging me. If I'm lucky someone else has bought it and I won't have to think about it.
  2. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    Parker is kind of an American Icon, one of the big name home market shotguns.

    The first thing that turned up on a Bingsearch was the Parker collectors site

    And the second was a specialist Parker dealer with supporting information so you know what they are selling.

    Parker gets five pages in Blue Book, there are a lot of different models and grades for them to price out.

    Too bad you haven't got Grandpa's 20, the smaller gauges are scarcer and more desirable; our forefathers preferred 12s... when they couldn't get 10s.
  3. CajunBass

    CajunBass Well-Known Member

    Yea, I'd like to have it, but it went to my uncle as it should have. I'm not sure what grade it was, but I think he told me once he paid over 100.00 for it back then...then sent it back and had automatic ejectors installed.

    I just remember thinking that was the prettiest gun I'd ever seen when I was a kid.

    I'm going to have to go back by the LGS and see what more I can learn about it, if it's still there. I did enough searching to know that I don't know enough to even ask a question.
  4. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    The Parker site is your best bet for info - they made a wide variety of guns, some are valuable, some are just so-so. Knowing which are which will take some studying

    I have a friend with a model from 1929 and another from 1905....both in fantastic condition, but one is worth a lot more because of its original model designation
  5. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    You have to find one in smaller gauge on small frame to have something truly special. These are frightingly expensive. Frankly one marked 'Sterlingworth' (PA) or 'Fox-Sterlingworth' (Utica NY) would be wiser buy. This design is simpler and superior to the Parker Bros. shotgun. Before you plunge you need to realize that in non so distant future non-tox shot will have to be used for all upland game and pack of 'soft' safe in old gun stuff 25 is $100 now. Crazzzzy.
  6. CajunBass

    CajunBass Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info all. I passed on it. It's a Trojan model. Not in bad shape at all, but it's been refinished and the shop guy told me it has short chambers. I'd probably never shoot it, but I might want to.

    Still I was tempted. It just jumped to my shoulder, and pointed like a finger. :D
  7. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    Started out a V, ended up a Trojan.
    I would have been a lot less interested, too.

    Old time gunsmith Roy Dunlap agreed with Pablo.
    He said that, based on the makes and numbers of shotguns he knew to be used in his area versus the number that came to his shop for repair, the Fox was the best made and most trouble free American gun.

    Parker was proud of their steel quality. They tested it by dropping a 20 gauge shell into the forcing cone of a 12 gauge, a gun killer in most cases, and blowing it out with a 12, no damage resulting.
  8. CajunBass

    CajunBass Well-Known Member

    I'm not a shotgun person really. I've got a couple of cheap pump guns that handle everything I need a shotgun for, so looking at this thing was more nostalga than anything else. I guess I was just remembering all the old fellows I hunted with when I was a kid. It seems most of them used a double gun of some kind or other, and I remember a lot of them were Parkers. It was also the only Parker I've ever seen that was just "on the rack." I was looking down the rack of Stevens 311's and such and did a double take..."Is that a Parker?" It was also the only Parker I've seen priced under a grand since I started paying even what little attention I do to such things. That's what really got me thinking about it.

    My grandfather, in addition to the 20 ga Parker, had a, IIRC, and he used to brag on it all the time, "Fox Sterlingworth with Krupt Steel barrels." I was a wide eyed kid, and that sure impressed me. It was a 12 ga, 30" barrels, full and full. I don't know how many deer he killed with that gun, but I saw him drop a few myself. I can still see him, tossing a cigarette butt down, and bringing that Fox up to his shoulder.

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