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Old 01-13-2018, 08:09 AM   #11
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As a rule, Parker hammer guns have notoriously heavy hammer springs. I found it just about impossible to cock both hammers with my thumb as I was raising the gun. Like Dean, and because I hunt alone, I walked with both hammers cocked, and the gun opened. I would occasionally drop a shell out of the chamber, so I found that a single strip of Scotch tape, lengthwise on the shell, was all that was necessary to keep them in place.
One of the few times I ever limited on grouse, was with an 0 frame 16ga. lifter, which is now firmly in the grips of another member. I had a grade 2 top lever, 0 frame 16, which was also a joy to carry in the Maine woods. I had Walter Eiserer lighten the hammer springs, by hand filing, and polishing, and that was all that was necessary to be able to cock both hammers with my thumb.
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To keep shells from falling out of the chamber, bite lightly on the brass, just enough to put it slightly out of round. Problem solved
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its hard enough to get through my woodcock covers with the gun closed and held upright in front of me with one hand while i clear a path with the other, i have tried with an open empty gun after a shot- its somewhat lower than a pain in the neck

i doubt they carried scotch tape in those old canvas coats

but- seriously -safety first and if that works for you - great

i will admit my one 10 gauge has very stiff springs and gets cocked one at a time - but i am not carrying that 10 pounder into alder bottoms

i haven't seen any old pictures of the hunters in the field with their hammer guns open - none of old timers told me as a kid to have the gun open- i was instructed to keep my thumb off the hammer until i was ready to shoot just like the safety now days
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i doubt they carried scotch tape in those old canvas coats
I carry a stapler, and Rolodex too. Kinda like a lot of guys I see with three dog collar transmitters, whistles and Lord knows what else.
Or, I'd just put the tape on the shells before I even went out.
If I can't cock both hammers with my thumb while the gun is coming up, then the springs are to stout.
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Or yur too old....
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OK Stosh, I take back every nice thing I ever said about you.

Oh wait, I never did that.
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I wanted to say that Dave but I didn't have the 'nads...
Besides, I still haven't got the check from him yet.





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I wanted to say that Dave but I didn't have the 'nads...
Besides, I still haven't got the check from him yet.
Being the oldest guy in Andover, It's probably a good thing you didn't say anything. And, I only mailed the check yesterday. Jerk
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Dean, Is Egger sending me a check too?.... And no Edger I would not have expected you to....
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Being the oldest guy in Andover, It's probably a good thing you didn't say anything. Jerk

You're just jealous that I used to shoot skeet with Bill Foster...






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