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I'm happy to announce a new forum section dedicated specifically to all Parker shotguns :cool:
 

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i'll start it off.......1940 A1S skeet.
 

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1890 Parker Bros 12 gauge Bernard Barreled CH with skeleton butt. It still has mostly all of its original bone case color, even has color on the standing breech.

I've had it 25 years, and my father had it since the early 60's. During the 50 years its been in our family, it has never fired a shot.

Seriously starting to consider parting with it, however. Inquiry welcome.
 

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very nice damascus gun. fine shape!
 

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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.
 
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