Parker VHE 12 GA. FACTORY SKEET GUN, LETTERED, 1 of 291 MADE
In the world of collecting and shooting Parker shotguns, the VHE 12ga. is fairly common and easy to acquire for a modest sum of money. Those who are aware of Parker Skeet guns, made by both Parker Bros. and Remington/Parker, realize that there is a true rarity when searching for Skeet specific Parkers, with only 291 total production VHE 12ga. Skeet guns. This fine Parker, sn236705 shipped in 1935, is one of them as documented by the PGCA letter. A Parker Skeet Gun is not labeled as such, but will always have SST, Ejectors, and beavertail forend. Chokes were marked on the barrel flats as choked "skeet in" and "skeet out" only on guns produced after about 1936, but most were choked slightly tighter in the right barrel for outgoing targets, more open in the left barrel for incoming targets, as this Parker is. Most Skeet guns have checkered butts, non-auto safeties, double ivory beads, and 26" (most) or 28" barrels as well. The wood chosen for the stocks was often nicely figured walnut, with dimensions of 2 1/4" DAH and 14" LOP as standard. This gun has all of the above. In short, a documented Parker Skeet gun is a rare, low production gun with lots of options, and as such a great investment quality shotgun that is a shooting machine on the skeet line or in the field.
The 26" Vulcan Steel barrels retain 99% blue, excellent bores, choked .019 right, .014 left, internal bore diameter factory at .729/.728 right and left respectively, minimum wall thickness 36 thou right, 32 thou left, 2 3/4" chambers, tight ribs, double ivory beads, tight on breech face and hinge, reinforced forend loop, an excellent set of barrels.
The receiver retains 100% case colors, excellent screws, action tight with lever right of center, clear sharp engraving, Parkers 2nd generation single selective trigger (works excellent, crisp and 5.5lbs. right, 6lbs. left), trigger guard retains 99% blue, all in perfect mechanical order.
The wood is well figured for a VH Grade gun, retaining nearly all of its finish, just a few handling marks, excellent checkering, excellent wood to metal fit, 14" LOP to checkered butt from rear position SST, 2 1/4" drop at heel, 1 9/16" drop at nose of comb, neutral cast (can be bent to your specs within 14 days of purchase), beavertail forend near new, a really great set of wood.
This gun was fully restored by Del Grego and Sons, but not altered from factory configuration. The letter verifies the beavertail, sst, ejectors, stock configuration and measurements. Most are aware Del Grego was a Parker employee and a foremost authority in the restoration of the Parker gun. The gun weighs 7lbs. 6oz. and balances right on the hinge pin. Whether you shoot skeet, sporting clays, or enjoy a day afield after your favorite game birds, this gun will fill the bill and continue to grow in value as you care for it and enjoy its use. It is a fully documented Parker Skeet gun.
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