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Unread 05-14-2024, 04:48 PM   #1
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Default SBT - What are you thoughts..

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This has been in the family a good long time along with some other Parkers. I am just in the process of sending in information to get information from the club.. I wish I had done this years ago - while I am waiting I thought I would see what information I could get here with some pictures.
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Unread 05-14-2024, 05:03 PM   #2
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You have what appears to be an exceptionally nice SA grade Parker SBT. There were only approximately 35 made in this grade, so it is a fairly rare gun. Great gun and you should be proud to own it.
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A great gun. Is there a name we could reference to help with documenting the shooting history of its owner? Thanks.
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Thank you Mr Davis for the reply - i had used the research tools a number of times over the years and could never find something quite like it - I have marveled at this gun and a few others for many years - It would have spent maybe the last 60 or so years in small town Nebraska. I think my grandfather was competing in Southern NE in the 1950's , 60's after exiting the service. Last name Carstens. He was associated with the shooting club in Beatrice , NE for many years. I am a hunter but never done any competition shooting.

edited -- I should add - I do not think he used this for competition.. He had a number of other guns that I think we more heavily / frequently used than this which I believe was more of a prized possession than something he used
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It truly is a marvel and something to cherish.
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Stunning example of a high grade SBT. Made in a run of 4 SBT’s (179317-179320) first 3 with 32” barrels, including yours and the last with 30” barrels. Very special gun.
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Beautiful SBT David!! WOW!!! I would love to see it in person. Thank you for sharing with us. What a gun.



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You all have provided me more information in 2 hours than i have known for 50 years. I appreciate the feedback. Here are a couple of additional photos. I wonder about the engraving... maybe solved when I get information from the build sheet -- original owner maybe ? was this done at the time of build or added later ? The gun is not without blemishes .. I am sure it was used at some point and likely tossed in the back of a truck and hauled out to the field. everything was a tool back then .. no special cabinets or safes etc.. shotguns were leaned up behind the back door ready to go to the field.
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That is an early SA. Made in 1917. First year of production for the Parker SBT.



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A letter should be gotten on that gun. The stock looks original. And if it is, the letter should mention the cheek piece. And it would be one of the few surviving examples of a factory cheek piece.
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