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Parker Brothers 12 Gauge SxS......Help.......Pics!
Old 06-29-2009, 10:05 AM   #1
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Default Parker Brothers 12 Gauge SxS......Help.......Pics!

My buddy has had a Shotgun sitting around his house forever. It belonged to his Grandfather. I was gonna clean it up for him so we can shoot it but this thing looks pretty old? Any info would help...........

I know very little about shotguns so please bear with me.

-The barrel is 30" 12G and is marked "Parker Brothers, Makers, Meriden, Conn, Vulcan Steel" on the bottom of the barrel, where the barrel connect to the frame, there are the following markings (Kf) (WK with a circle around it) (42) and a (2). The barrel has no SN# that I can find.

-The bottom hand guard is marked Pat D. Mar, 26, 1878. It also has a SN# 130293

-The buttstock and frame are marked Pat'D Jan 18. Aug 18. 1887, there is a 293 that is down in the frame, and a SN# 130293 with a V on top.

The pictures tell the rest I suppose.

I would like to know:

1) All info reguarding the shotgun (Date it was made, Value, etc.)?

2) Is it safe to shoot?

3) It has some light surface rust and needs a good cleaning. How is this best done? CLP?

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Old 06-29-2009, 10:27 AM   #2
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If you wouldn't either posting your real name or Private Message me the same - I'll get your login/screen name set..

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Hello "TenBrook": On this forum we use our real names. Your friend's Parker SN 130293 is in the "Book" as a 12 Gauge V Grade made in 1905. It lists as a hammerless gun with capped pistolgrip stock, no extras (so it is an extractor gun) with 30 inch barrels. On the top rib sould read "Parker Bros. Makers Meridan, Conn U.S.A. Vulcan Steel". You have a nice old Parker with fluid steel barrels. Have a competent gunsmith check it over and order a letter from PGCA ($60 for non-members & $40 for members) If OKd by the smith shoot it all day with low brass skeet & target loads (no steel shot or magnums please).

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Hello "TenBrook": On this forum we use our real names. Your friend's Parker SN 130293 is in the "Book" as a 12 Gauge V Grade made in 1905. It lists as a hammerless gun with capped pistolgrip stock, no extras (so it is an extractor gun) with 30 inch barrels. On the top rib sould read "Parker Bros. Makers Meridan, Conn U.S.A. Vulcan Steel". You have a nice old Parker with fluid steel barrels. Have a competent gunsmith check it over and order a letter from PGCA ($60 for non-members & $40 for members) If OKd by the smith shoot it all day with low brass skeet & target loads (no steel shot or magnums please).

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Not that it would ever be sold but its kinda fun to know.......Any idea on the value?
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And my thanks back at you!! I'll get your login/screen name set in a second - but, I just wanted to say Thanks and Welcome

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Cody: Your Parker VH should be worth for insurance purposes in the range of $1,200 - $1,800 judging by the condition shown in the pictures. The WK on your gun is the initials of Walter King who inspected your gun when it was built. On the rust I would try some 4/0 steel wool & WD40 and a lot of elbow grease.

I hope this helps, Best Regards.....George
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I found that maroon Scotch Brite and WD40 also works well. Easier on the fingers.
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Watch those scotch brite pads or any other pads. I would rather you use standard steel wool. I have seen pads that would scratch a chrome bumper. I have the chrome bumper to prove it. If the stuff doesn't all come off, the gun will look better and lose less value than if you cut it until it shines.
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Please resist the urge to disassemble the gun till you have read here about the screws;their condition and orientation are important in a Parker.This forum contains detailed instructions for cleaning and disassembly if you wish to do this or have a gunsmith familiar with Parkers do this.Good luck,Hugh.
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