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Unread 08-04-2021, 08:12 PM   #1
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I bought my first Parker in the Spring, A PH built in 1907. The gun desperately needed help, and for some reason I really wanted to keep it in the gene pool to enjoy and someday pass on. I needed a partner to assist me with this, and Keavin Nelson graciously offered to meet and help me assess the barrels as a first step. After determining they were in sound condition, Keavin helped me put together a plan to return the gun to safe and usable condition. I’m going to let the pictures do the talking; I couldn’t be more pleased with the beauty of the restored stock and buttplate, the elegance of the repaired and re-engraved trigger guard (which he nitre blued), and the muzzle repair. This phoenix is reborn and will return to the field this Fall. Thank you Mr. Nelson for a job well done, and for your professionalism and willingness to teach a new Parker Community member.
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Wonderful job and a tip of the hat to Keavin
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ya ll done a really good job on this gun...mite even say a miracle on the stock...shes got a life time of shooting in her now...charlie
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Great save Jim, she's certainly a nice looking gun now. I love the original choking of cyl/mod on a 30" gun. I have 2 Parkers with those chokes, but are both 26" guns. Were you able to swage the muzzle bulge out, or did it have to be cut? There used to be a guy in Florida who could do that--cant think of his name. That will be a great gun for Pa. pheasant and great for sporting clays.
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Harold,
Thanks for your thoughts. We decided it was best to address the bulge even before we had the research letter, and Keavin removed 3/4”. He then replaced the keels and solder, and reinstalled the original front sight. Her new length is 29-1/8”. Right barrel remains cylinder, left is improved cylinder. All other measurements match the factory letter to a T. I wish I would have had these chokes for rabbit hunting in Pittsburgh when I was a kid, I cut my teeth with an old 12ga single barrel with full choke that kicked like a horse.

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Great save Jim, she's certainly a nice looking gun now. I love the original choking of cyl/mod on a 30" gun. I have 2 Parkers with those chokes, but are both 26" guns. Were you able to swage the muzzle bulge out, or did it have to be cut? There used to be a guy in Florida who could do that--cant think of his name. That will be a great gun for Pa. pheasant and great for sporting clays.
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