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Unread 10-14-2023, 04:02 PM   #1
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Greetings. I recently developed an increasing interest in Parker shotguns and in my search for information I of course found my way here. This all started when I decided I wanted to get back into classic doubles to shoot some clays with and to hunt with. I grew up shooting and competing with vintage British doubles, but I want to try something new. I found myself in a local gun shop recently with a huge selection of vintage Parkers and a few of the reproductions. That all got my wheels spinning and here I am.

I currently have my eye on a Parker reproduction SSS unfired and with a lot of the features I like in my guns. The stock dimensions would seem to suit me well, the seller is probably on the forum here somewhere. I did have some questions you all might be able to help me with.

I am looking for a gun to use not to collect, is it worth the premium for an unfired gun if Iím going to use it? It is reasonably priced but I think more than if I had been lightly used. Should I worry and a straight stock cracking? Can I treat it like a modern shotgun, with in reason of course. I not a fan of all this super fast ammo thatís popular these days. I am drawn to the SSS because I do a bit of hunting in the UK and they, and a lot of other places in Europe have, or soon will ban lead. This wouldnít be a primary clays gun, but it would see some service in that department.

I would love to hear the members thoughts on my predicament and get some advice.
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Unread 10-14-2023, 06:49 PM   #2
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Welcome to the group. You are going to like it here. If you use the search function you will find many threads and discussions re: Reproduction Parkers in general and the Steel Shot Specials in particular. I don't have one but I'd like to. They sure seem to sell quickly on this site. I have a 28 and 20 gauge repo and love them. If you join as a regular member you'll be able to search the "For Sale" forum archives. A quick search on Guns International shows a couple for sale.
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Buying an unfired Parker repro with the intention of immediately firing it is an ethical debate to me. But, it’s yours to do as you please and the guns were indeed made to be fired. Will it be worth less after you fire it? Yes. assuming it’s actually unfired….
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I can't understand why there are even any un-fired Repros left. They were made to be used and a well taken care of Repro that's been used is no less gun than an un-fired one.
An 'Original' Meriden gun unfired? That's a whole 'nuther discussion. I bought one once, more to study it, but passed it on after I 'absorbed' it. I'm not in the same zip code as wealthy collectors who simply want to look at them.
I recently bought an upgraded Parker, commissioned by a well known collector, and executed by a well known and respected duo. It remained new, and un-fired since it's 'rebirth', but it's price reflected more what it was, not so much in it's un-fired state for over 50 years. I will admit to only fleeting thoughts of being the person who would be the one to end that run. I took it out last week, put 150 rounds through it, and never looked back.

Lastly, in the FWIW department, I'm pretty sure there's no difference in the barrel of a Steel Shot Special, and other 12ga Repros, other than perhaps chokes.
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Im with Edgar on this. I had a Chris Dawe build me a upgraded Fox 20 gauge. I have used it almost exclusively since last year and will continue to shoot it a lot more this year.
When I first got it back I was asked numerous times if I was going to shoot it.
My response was always the same. Thats what it was made for.
Yup a few dents and scratches in the wood but I love shooting it and when my granddaughter gets it she will know PaPa loved it and shot it.
That said if it was a rare one of a kind gun I would have second thoughts. Reproductions don't fall into this category.
I have had some nice guns I was reluctant to shoot very much. In most these cases they are enjoyed for awhile and then down the road they go.
If the reproduction fits you and is reasonably priced, buy it, shoot it, and don't look back.
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Thanks to everyone for the input. I’m still considering it and weighing it all out. Im definitely also in the camp of guns are meant to be used. I was drawn to the reproductions because they offer a greater deal of functionality. Unfortunately my preference is for straight stocks and double triggers, there are not all that many reproductions that fit that bill.
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But keep looking and you will find one that fits your desires.





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Thanks to everyone for the input. Iím still considering it and weighing it all out. Im definitely also in the camp of guns are meant to be used. I was drawn to the reproductions because they offer a greater deal of functionality. Unfortunately my preference is for straight stocks and double triggers, there are not all that many reproductions that fit that bill.
There is a steel shot special with a straight grip and double triggers for sale on guns international right now.
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There is a steel shot special with a straight grip and double triggers for sale on guns international right now.
That is the one I am considering.
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