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Unread 12-28-2011, 10:00 PM   #11
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Unread 12-28-2011, 10:02 PM   #12
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My goodness... I've never seen such a high grade Parker so neglected.

I'm glad you care about that gun... someone before you didn't.

It should be restored. It will be quite expensive but it should be restored.

Did I say it will be expensive? In any case, it should be restored.

If you have it restored properly it will be worth about 4X - 5X the price of restoration.

Except for the cut barrels it is a perfect candidate for restoration.

Where do you live Stephen? We can recommend experts in the field of restoring such a high grade Parker as yours.
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Unread 12-28-2011, 10:10 PM   #13
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Well it was my great grandfathers, the weird thing is why he acquired such a nice gun, he loved hinting but still he was relatively poor and born a few years before the gun was made... O i wish someone would have asked him the story. How much is it really worth, 5,000?

P.S. I live in Florida, around the city of Port Orange or Daytona Beach if that is better know to you. Also what is the length supposed to be?
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Unread 12-28-2011, 10:19 PM   #14
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I would guess, in that condition, probably around $5K. It needs a lot of work to bring it back to its former glory... and it was a glorious Parker!! Very desirable but...
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Another one who lucked out... Someone who doesn't know much about guns, let alone Parkers gets passed down an AAH Pigion Gun. I think that your $5k estimate is low. Maybe not for the condition it is in, but surely after any quality restoration. Just to give you an idea, The book value for this in Good to Very good condition (which it would be if a top notch restoration is done) is $18k-$25k. Fair Condition is $10k. And Poor is $1,000. I would call this one between poor and Fair.

It would be very interesting for you to learn where your great grandfater got the gun from considering that this would have been a VERY expensive gun when it was new.
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It's worth a bit more than 5k and it may cost close to that amount to have it properly restored. You've got a real gem.
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Probably the most important thing after determining that the barrel wall thickness and condition of the bores doesn't sound the death knell on it is to have the metal work, e.g. the pitted ribs, pitted and worn frame etc., restored and reengraved by an expert in this field (we can name a few) and then finished properly before the wood issues are addressed.
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Unread 12-28-2011, 10:29 PM   #18
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It's worth a bit more than 5k and it may cost close to that amount to have it properly restored. You've got a real gem.
Ed, it will cost a bit more than $5K to restore that gun properly, IMHO.
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Like I said im positive he didnt get it new, and he didnt have money, just knew he went hunting at least once a week more likely more lol Anyhow I cant wait to get it restored but im young and dont have that kind of money, one day i would love to, but i dont want someone to mess it up so when the time comes id rather pay up.
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Unread 12-28-2011, 10:40 PM   #20
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Anyone have any idea how the engraving on the receiver would get so worn? Would normal hunting cause so much wear? I can understand the rib matting and lettering being buffed down when reblueing but the wear on the receiver is extreme.

Stephen a research letter will give you information from factory records which are available for your gun. Go to the PGCA Home page and click on the Research Letter link and follow the directions. More than likely, it will tell you who bought the gun new and any subsequent returns for repair.
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