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Favorite Grade of the American Classic?? What say you?
Unread 05-10-2024, 05:18 PM   #1
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Default Favorite Grade of the American Classic?? What say you?

The recent release of Josh's book of the Eric Klein Collection got me thinking about my favorite American classic SxS grades. I must say that I like understated but classy looking guns, I'm not an over the top kind of guy. I appreciate the F Foxes and A-1 Parkers but they don't excite me. Maybe because I will never be able to afford one or they are just too excessive in decoration. For me the Parker grade 5's and 6's, Fox XE's and DE's, LCS A-2's and Monograms and Ithaca Grade 6 and 7's are about the best of the best. What say you???
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The Parkers I find the most appealing are grades 3,4,5 and 6, and while condition is important, I much prefer the guns which show they have been used and loved.
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Parker Grade 2’s and 3’s so far . But I’ve always wanted a grade 4 or 5 with antlered critters in the engraving .
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The Parkers I find the most appealing are grades 3,4,5 and 6, and while condition is important, I much prefer the guns which show they have been used and loved.
I’d rather have a well maintained honest 40% gun over a total resto any day ! Provided they’re both the same grade of course .
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Grades 5 & 6 Parkers, with a soft spot for the twist barreled PHs. A grade 5 pre-1913 Smith always has my interest. The Fox XE is at the top of my list, too.

I also am partial to the Ithaca Flues grade 1.5 (like the Smith Ideal). I keep hoping to find one with Damascus barrels in the right gauge and configuration.

That BHE 20 with straight/splinter and two triggers in Josh’s book keeps me dreaming.
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Since I shoot all my guns, whether Parker or Lefever, I want them to fit and be solid. I'm not into ornamentation on guns. Give me basic engraving and I'm happy. That said, I really really really like V grade Parkers and G or H grade Lefevers. Even the Trojan and Durston Special guns hold my interest. I'll save my interest in flashy for Hawaiian shirts!!
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I'm going to say that the Grade 5 (B) Parkers, whether side x side, hammer, hammerless or sbt, is about the perfect balance of form and function.
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parker PH twist and GH Damascus ,They have just the wright look to me.
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