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Unread 10-30-2019, 12:01 AM   #1
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Hello everyone! I just acquired a parker shot gun in a little rough shape. Its missing the forend and the right side hammer and the barrel has a pretty bad dent in the end of it. Should be a fun little project. I am wanting to make this a good shooter to take hunting for fun. I am really excited to have found this forum and to see that I'm not the only crazy one excited to take such an old gun out and use it.
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David,

These are great guns to shoot and hunt. Once the dent is removed and you find a forend and a good gunsmith checkes it out you should be good to go. Feeding these guns the proper ammunition is not a problem. http://www.rstshells.com/store/p/9-1...Load-Case.aspx These are the shells I would recommend. They are the easy on the gun both in recoiled pressure plus they are death itself.

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David,
Welcome to this forum, I joined last year, the members are very helpful. I found a couple of nice side by side shotguns from members in the forum also.
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A few more pictures would be helpful, especially a complete picture of the bottom of the breech area, showing all marks, and a picture of the wood and butt area. The 4-8 marking, indicating a pre struck barrel weight of 4 pounds, eight ounces, indicates a heavy gun, most likely safe for shooting.
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Thanks for the welcome everyone! I will get a better pic for you soon. I took those before I cleaned it and noticed more markings. I am unsure of the marking on the barrel lug. It has what looks like a J.S. And then a 02 where most others Iíve seen pictures of seem to have a single number there for frame size. Iíll
Post up a pic.

I ran a camera through the bore today and it looks decent for its age, minimal pitting. I also ran an inside micrometer through and discovered itís a 10ga with an improved cylinder choke. Really excited about that.

I do have a question about the forend. I understand these were all hand fitted so I expect to do some fitting when I finally find one, but will a forend from any of the parkers be a match? Or do I need to find a similar year and gauge size?
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A similar year and frame size would be most important. I see by the 02 stamped on the bottom of the rear lug that your gun is a 2 frame size.

And the J.G. Is the mark of James Geary a long-time barrel maker at Parker Bros.

Now that I look at it closer it may be J.S which is the mark of John Stokes who was primarily a lock maker but did other manufacturing jobs with Parker Bros during his tenure.

The two accompanying pictures are from “The Parker Story” by Mullins, Price, parker, Gunther, et al.


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Welcome David, where are you located in AZ. I'm Chris, I'm in the Tempe area. I may be able to help you. Are you thinking about joining? Lots of help and info here to be had!
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