Serial Number Search
Does PGCA have records for your gun? Clicking
here will allow
you to check a Parker serial number before sending in a
Research Letter request.
The PGCA Research Letter program is available to
all owners and collectors through mail inquiry. We have completed
indexing for all serial numbers in the existing Parker records.
The cost for each search will be $40 for PGCA members and $100 for
non members. An individual check, payable to PGCA, needs to be
included for each gun to be researched. The check will be
returned if no record is available for the specified gun. It will
take about 30 days to process a request, and the reply will be in
The research records are copies of the original
Parker/Remington order books, stock books, and IBM cards. Some
are in poor condition, and all are hand written. The Parker
records contain many abbreviations and ditto marks. The grade of
the gun is not listed in the order book. The price and barrel
steel are used to determine grade from the entry. Ejector
equipped guns are identified by an extra charge.
The research will include a review of both the
order and stock books, and the IBM cards for Remington guns. The
Research Committee will report on the gauge, grade, barrel
length, stock configuration, butt, triggers, weight, stock
dimensions and chokes noted in the record. Additional information
will be reported when it is recorded on special orders. The
researcher will omit information that cannot be clearly read.
Copies of the stock and order book entries will not be included
with the letter report. The Research Committee will sign the
letter, and PGCA will retain a copy.
The Research Committee will only accept written
requests for research letters. A request form is available above, or the request may be made by letter, specifying
the serial number of the Parker gun to be searched.
If you are interested in the processes
behind providing a research letter, that information can be seen by clicking
Parker Original Work
Order Tags - A number
tags were found
. A photo
making sure the serial
number is visible,
These tags are available to PGCA
and the cost for each tag is as follows:
to GH grade
to BH grade
here" to view a complete list of available Parker Bros.
Work Order Tags.
Griffin & Howe Research - makes
available the sales records of Von Lengerke & Detmold and
Abercombie & Fitch, two legendary purveyors of sporting arms in
the 20th century. The records exist in over sixty very large
ledger books recording sales and inventory between 1900 and
1977. This data consists for many gun makes that can be found on
their web site; for Parker information,