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Bill Sprague 11-28-2020 02:43 PM

Parker VHE double with twin triggers
Hi all,
I have a 1902 Parker VHE 12 gauge double with double triggers. It appears that the left barrel is more open than the right barrel. Back when these guns were manufactured, were barrels full choke, modified, or something in between? I seem to remember my grandfather telling me that the right barrel was for distance shots if you missed your first shot with the left barrel.
This is strictly a field grade gun and wasn't custom for skeet etc. Would appreciate any info. you all might have.

Mills Morrison 11-28-2020 03:05 PM

Usually the right choke is more open but not always. I have one or two with the left choke more open

Bill Sprague 11-28-2020 08:38 PM


Brian Dudley 11-29-2020 01:01 AM

Reversed choking would usually be intended for shooting driven or incoming game.

Dave Noreen 11-29-2020 05:44 PM

While most Quality VH guns were "made for stock" to standard specs. They could be ordered any way the customer wanted though. Some folks liked to shoot the back trigger, for the left barrel first, on the theory that recoil would put their hand in position for the front trigger on the second shot. The occasional gun was ordered for a left-handed shooter with the chokes reversed and triggers reversed and canted for a left-handed shooter.

Bill Murphy 11-30-2020 01:21 PM

Or a more likely scenario with the mentioned gun is that the left barrel had its left barrel choke drilled out sometime in its long history. A PGCA letter may confirm the original chokes.

Tracy Pellett 05-13-2022 12:51 AM

I have a DHE that has a Mod right and a IC left , the PGCA letter has no info addressing chocks . I would prefer to shoot the open barrel with the front trigger . Can the tiggers be changed over ? Or is a single trigger the only option ? Is anyone offering a single trigger at this time ? Thanks Tracy

Jay Gardner 05-13-2022 01:28 AM

I had a 12 ga DH (mid1890) that was reversed it was ordered that way by a gentleman who owned a large sporting goods store in NYC and was an avid duck hunter. It was explained to me that the first barrel (right) was usually shot as ducks approached the decoys and the second barrel was more open because the ducks flaring overhead after the first shot. I’m not much of a duck hunter but I’ve shot Blue Bills on Lake St Clare and have seen them do that often.

John Knobelsdorf II 05-13-2022 10:59 PM

Changing triggers.
For Tracy:

I donít know why somebody canít retrofit triggers to change which barrel is being fired. But I expect thereís a very good reason (about how the linkage is designed) that makes it impossible to do the swap you ask for.

Hereís where to go to get a single trigger installed nowadays.

There may be others that install single triggers, I just donít know about them.

John Davis 05-14-2022 08:24 AM

The triggers can be easily swapped. I had that done to one of my Parkers not long ago. Left trigger was in front and right trigger was in back position. Had them reversed.

Garry L Gordon 05-14-2022 09:39 AM

Like John, I had it done on a Smith I purchased, but in this case the triggers were reversed from the normal (right barrel first). I did note that one of the triggers on the reversed configuration extended beyond the perimeter of the guard a bit. Again, this was on a Smith 20 gauge. According to the gunsmith that reversed the triggers, it was an easy job.

Tracy Pellett 05-14-2022 11:57 AM

Thank you all for sharing your information. I’ll see if my gunsmith is up for the task . Tracy

Tracy Pellett 05-17-2022 09:17 PM

I took the gun to my gunsmith and he found a burr on the right barrel that keep my Connecticut Shotgun gauge from going in completely . The barrels are so close at the chokes that a trigger change doesn’t seem necessary . Thanks again for your help . Tracy

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