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Unread 01-05-2023, 01:01 PM   #1
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Phil, have you figured out whether Orphan Annie is Dick Baldwin's old gun? How many 27" single traps could there be?
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Bill, it seems like some circumstantial evidence is there but nothing you could take to court. Annie does have an unengraved gold-colored oval inlayed in the stock, and there's an oval showing on Dick's. Dick's has what appears to me to be a Hawkins pad; Annie has a plexi spacer under a more recent pad which could be evidence of the stock having been shortened at some point. But I've exhausted all the directions I know to go; nobody I've found seems to know anything about my gun, nor what ever happened to Dick's.
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Phil, have you figured out whether Orphan Annie is Dick Baldwin's old gun? How many 27" single traps could there be?
I haven’t looked but does TPS have a count of 27” barrel guns? Anyone care to opine on why anyone would specify 27”?
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They’re certainly rare to say the least Mike. The Parker Story will have a total in the grades section though.
Mine’s not a SBT but I have a documented 16 ga. D Lifter with 27” Parker-made Laminated Steel barrels… unique in this configuration.





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I haven’t looked but does TPS have a count of 27” barrel guns? Anyone care to opine on why anyone would specify 27”?
A pic in Dick Baldwin's book shows him as a youngster shooting a Parker SC with an obviously shorter barrel. When I first bought Annie most folks agreed that the rib treatment at the muzzle was not Parker work, so the assumption was that the barrel had been shortened. But as I wrote in PP, the choke measures full so...? My letter shows that Annie left the factory with a 34" barrel. As I recall TPS lists a few 28" SBTs but no 27's.
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Now that is a cool picture!
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A pic in Dick Baldwin's book shows him as a youngster shooting a Parker SC with an obviously shorter barrel. When I first bought Annie most folks agreed that the rib treatment at the muzzle was not Parker work, so the assumption was that the barrel had been shortened. But as I wrote in PP, the choke measures full so...? My letter shows that Annie left the factory with a 34" barrel. As I recall TPS lists a few 28" SBTs but no 27's.
The real question is, will she break trap targets consistently? If the answer is yes, then who cares? Except for the curiosity factor, of course.

It would be really cool if you could tie her back to a young Dick Baldwin.
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