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Old 02-01-2018, 08:38 PM   #21
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As a guy that started a business as a dumb-ass kid (machine shop) with a whopping eight hundred bucks, no house, junk vehicle for me and a slightly less junky (but safe) vehicle for my equally young and dumb (but graciously beautiful) young wife (and a shorthair) to believe in me, sink or swim. No equipment, no customers, no contacts, no shop but for a rented dirt floor and a single light bulb that showed light through the walls..literally. I'm not ashamed to say Tom Skeuse is a personal hero of mine. It's a great story in the history of gun-making in my view and, not such a shabby pc of hardware that feels pretty darn good in the hand.

I like 'em, Reproduction, or not.
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Yeah, if you’re in the market for a side by side you won’t get more for your money buying anything else.
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We've "been there, done that," on the reproduction issue for sure, but just think how we might view this if the later production Parkers had [i]never[i] been called reproductions in the first place.
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As I recall, when Remington produced a couple of prototype Parkers in the 1980's(?) with a few variations from the originals, they named them the "Parker Reintroduction" and I wonder why they weren't simply called a 'Parker'?





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Didn’t they start at 242,500 or something like that?
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I have an original paper order form for that reintroduction.
http://parkerguns.org/forums/showthread.php?t=20018&highlight=remington

It was offered from "Parker Gun Works, a Division of Remington"
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http://parkerguns.org/forums/showthr...ight=remington

It was offered from "Parker Gun Works, a Division of Remington"
I couldn't open that... but now that I've modified it, I can. Click above link.





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Dean thanks for the help
Now, if I could figure out how to invert the photos
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Here is the text from the "Grades" page for you:

In 1984, under the direction and encouragement of Jack Skeuse, the President of the Reagent Chemical & Research Inc, teamed up with the Winchester Arms Company and revived the Parker shotgun. But, because the Remington Arms Company holds the rights to the Parker Brothers brand, they labeled it "The Parker Reproduction by Winchester". Originally introduced in the DHE grade, it was later expanded to limited production of BHE and A1 Special grades. Production continued until the owners of the manufacturing company in Japan closed their doors in 1989. Sales continued while supplies remained but that ended sometime around 1997. On September 17th, 1999, a flood destroyed all remaining inventory, including parts and most of the factory records. Today, parts for these guns are difficult to find because the insurance company destroyed what was recovered in the flood to avoid possible future liabilities.

The first batch of 28 ga guns that were ordered from Japan had an F on the lug where normally the frame size is found. They came that way from the manufacturer probably because they misread an accounting code that was used as a computer codes.

The Steel Shot Special model was produced to address the water foul hunters concern shooting the required steel shot shells and the damage they may do to the barrels and their chokes. The chokes are slightly longer than standard chokes on the other Parker Reproductions models. It was observed that longer chokes patterned steel shot more evenly; all tests were done with 3" 1 5/8oz steel #2 shot. The barrels were chrome throughout, unlike the standard Parker Reproduction which didn't have chrome in the choke area. The choke area chrome was added because no one knew at that time the long term effect steel shot would have on the choke area.

The Sporting Clays Classic model were the only Parker Reproduction's offered with factory screw-in chokes. You cannot tell by looking at the choke tubes themselves to determine if they were original factory or not. But, you can positively identify a Parker Reproduction Sporting Clays Classic model with factory screw-in chokes by looking at the barrel flats; it will be marked with an "ISC" stamping (Internal Screw Choke).

Some Parker Repro serial numbers on the barrels have an extra "0" that the serial number on the frame does not have. Example: serial number on frame 20-XXXX, serial number on barrel 20-0XXXX. There was an anticipation to manufacture and sell many more Parker Reproductions than were actually produced. The extra digit to the action number was made in anticipation of future needs.

Production numbers:

DHE 28 Gauge 4,203
DHE 20 Gauge 5,800
DHE 12 Gauge 2,137
DHE 12 Gauge Steel Shot 350
DHE 12 Gauge Sporting Clays 125
DHE 410 Gauge 33
BHE 28 Gauge 7
BHE 20 Gauge 100
BHE 12 Gauge 100
BHE 410 Gauge 9
A-1 Factory Engraved, All Gauges 150
A-1 Custom Engraved, All Gauges 300
A-1 28/.410 Combo 16
Plus 500 16 Ga barrel sets that fit on the 0 frame 20ga DHE
The original person who got the parker Reproduction was my father Thomas Skeuse Sr. not my brother Jack. Just to clarify. Thanks gentelmen.
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