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Old 07-03-2018, 07:55 AM   #11
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Todd's comments about a 26" beavertail Parker being a bit clunky in the larger gauges may be correct. However, about 99.9% of Parker skeet guns were built in that configuration and didn't seem clunky to the hundreds of shooters who used them for over eighty years now.
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Old 07-03-2018, 09:45 AM   #12
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I have both splinter and beaver tail repros in 12 and 20. I like the bt for function but prefer the look of the splinter and for grouse/woodcock work. I shot the 12 bt this weekend in 95 degree weather and really appreciated not having to touch the super hot barrels. I'm with Scott, wonderful guns.
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Old 07-03-2018, 09:51 AM   #13
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Good point Bill but I never said it was not a good gun to shoot and I am not certain as to weight characteristics of that particular gun and never called it clunky. It may very well be the best shooting 20 gauge Parker Repro ever made with weight forward great swing characteristics. Like I said,pictures probably do not do that gun justice. It just looks stubby and furniture to wood match looks busy. All I know is that if you owned that Parker, it has its own distinctions that stand out some.

BTW took another peek at website and it appears that the BTFA is a bit longer and probably by design to fit someone pretty tall or with long arms or like to get that lead arm stretched out pretty far.
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Todd, what is a BTFA?

Or maybe a better question; what does the letter A represent?





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Old 07-03-2018, 06:47 PM   #15
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BTFA? everyone knows what that acronym is for.

Bowens Therapists Federation of Australia, Battle Team Freeztag Arena, Brain Tumor Foundation of America, British Table Football Association, Beaver Tail Fore Arm

Take your pick.

Actually I think constituents use BTFE to represent a Beavertail Fore End. I wasn't thinking and put an A instead of an E since I always called them Fore Arms. A pox upon me for my indiscretion.
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No pox at all... maybe just a mild rash...





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Ya know, just went to Steve Barnett Auction looking at that DHE 16 gauge. The call them "Forearms" over there as well. So which is the correct term For-End or Fore-Arm.
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I've heard "fore stock" too. To each his own. Your "fore arm" is probably older than "forend". I simply lacked the imagination to have known the meaning of the "A".





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There's your answer, Bret. I hope you got yourself a nice gun.

Of course opinions vary and I hope others will chime in.

Here's mine: $3,675.00 + $750 for the extra barrel/case = $4,425.00
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I just wish i had kepted the 20 pr i had
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