Man, I thought I could play in this sandbox, but now, I'm not so sure. Those are some beautiful guns you fellows are showing.
When I was a kid, my grandfather had a Parker 20 ga. No idea what grade or anything, but IIRC, he told me he paid over $100.00 for it back in the late 20's. Of course that was about 45 years ago or so that he told me that, so my memeory might be a little off.
Anyway, I always wanted a Parker, but everytime I saw one it was behind the glass doors of the "If you have to ask, you can't afford it" cabinet, so I always figured I'd never have one.
A few weeks ago, I spotted a distinctive hinge pin on the rack full of Rossi's and Stevens 311's at the LGS. "Is that a Parker? IT IS!" So right away I figured it must be a piece of junk to be here. I knew nothing at all about them you see.
But when I checked it out, it seemed solid, locked up tight and didn't really look bad. I wrote down the information I could find on it, went home, did some research online and found out it's a Parker Trogan, sort of the "Wal-Mart" gun of it's day. But still a Parker.
To make a long story short, I now own a 1924, Parker Trogan, 28" barrelss, mod/full choke. It's been refinished but that wasn't important to me. I'll shoot it from time to time. Maybe take it squirrel or dove hunting.
Whenever I handle it, I have a mental image of an old man wearing a brown canvas hunting coat, and a workmans cap. He's smoking a pipe, turned upside down. It's starting to rain.