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Unread 08-18-2019, 11:54 AM   #1
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Hello everyone i’m Darin and I stumbled onto Parker shotguns by chance really. I purchased an old double hammer SxS yesterday at an auction and figured to would be a good eye piece for the gun room wall. As with all my gun purchases a started to do a little research on it which brought me here. My first, and probably the most important question would be, is my shotgun a reproduction? How can I tell if my Parker is a reproduction?

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If its a hammer its not a repro Pictures and serial number would tell
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Winplumber, thanks for the reply it is indeed a hammer gun. I did look at the resources here in an attempt to identify the gun but only was able to identify the year of manf currently which appears to be 1879 by the serial# search feature here. Here is the serial# and a few pictures. I do not currently have the gun in my possession it is with the purchasing agent for my trust.
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Those old lifters are great Parkers
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Parker hammer guns are wonderfully crafted, and in their original form, well balanced and reliable. Congratulations on your first.
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The "Book" indicates you have an 1879 D grade 10 gauge with 32" barrels. I shoot my 1881 10 and 12 gauge under leaver Parkers with shells from RST or ones I make myself with appropriate velocities and pressure. A wonderful find.
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This is another example of the Serialization book being in error.

This is Not a D3 (Damascus-barreled Grade 3).

Grade 3 and higher Parkers had a 4-pin lock plate design - this one has three pins.
Further, the bolsters would have been sculpted in the Grade 3 style.

See SN 14056


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My best guess, in comparison to SN 14056 above, is that the subject gun is a D2 or Grade 2.


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It looks like a Grade 2 with stepped up engraving quality.
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Early Grade 2 engraving style with no birds on the lock plates.





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