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Bill Sprague 11-28-2020 01:43 PM

Parker VHE double with twin triggers
Hi all,
I have a 1902 Parker VHE 12 gauge double with double triggers. It appears that the left barrel is more open than the right barrel. Back when these guns were manufactured, were barrels full choke, modified, or something in between? I seem to remember my grandfather telling me that the right barrel was for distance shots if you missed your first shot with the left barrel.
This is strictly a field grade gun and wasn't custom for skeet etc. Would appreciate any info. you all might have.

Mills Morrison 11-28-2020 02:05 PM

Usually the right choke is more open but not always. I have one or two with the left choke more open

Bill Sprague 11-28-2020 07:38 PM


Brian Dudley 11-29-2020 12:01 AM

Reversed choking would usually be intended for shooting driven or incoming game.

Dave Noreen 11-29-2020 04:44 PM

While most Quality VH guns were "made for stock" to standard specs. They could be ordered any way the customer wanted though. Some folks liked to shoot the back trigger, for the left barrel first, on the theory that recoil would put their hand in position for the front trigger on the second shot. The occasional gun was ordered for a left-handed shooter with the chokes reversed and triggers reversed and canted for a left-handed shooter.

Bill Murphy 11-30-2020 12:21 PM

Or a more likely scenario with the mentioned gun is that the left barrel had its left barrel choke drilled out sometime in its long history. A PGCA letter may confirm the original chokes.

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