SOLD FOR: $5,551.00
Make: Olin-Kodensha, in Japan, for Winchester, Contracted by Regent Chemical & Research
Model: Parker DHE Grade
Serial Number: 28-01138
Year of Manufacture: 1984-1989
Gauge: 28 Gauge, 2 ¾” Shells
Action Type: Side by Side, Box Lock, Top Break, Single-Selective Trigger Shotgun with Ejectors
Markings: The left barrel is marked “Parker Reproductions by WINCHESTER – 28 GAUGE, 2 ¾” / EAST ALTON, IL. U.S.A.”, the right barrel is marked “MADE IN JAPAN” The left barrel flat is marked “FULL”, “28-01138”, with an ovalled “WP” proof, the right is marked “MOD” and each is marked “OVERLOAD / PARKER REPRODUCTION / PROVED”. The bottom of the barrel lugs are marked “I / 00”. The left side of the barrel lug is marked “D GRADE 28 GA. / FOR 2 ¾” SHELLS”. The top of the forend bracket is marked with the serial number. The water table is marked “DHE / 28-01138”, the sides of the frame have a pointer and setter, with to-spec Parker D-grade scroll engraving; the underside of the frame has D-engraving and “PARKER” with birds in flight; the underside, by the trigger selector, is marked “R”. The upper tang is marked “SAFE”, the lower tang has the serial number. The skeleton butt plate is scroll engraved, the belly of the butt stock has a metal oval insert that has not been engraved. The inside of the lid has an oval gold on black colored label that reads “Parker Reproduction / by WINCHESTER with a bird.
Barrel Length: 28”, with solid, concave, tapered rib.
Choke: The left barrel is Full, the right Modified, both fixed.
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a brass bead, which is screwed into the solid rib; the top of the rib is milled in a wave-like pattern for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two piece fancy walnut set. The beavertail forend has case-colored D-grade engraved metal fixtures and wrap-around checkering, to the original Parker specifications. The butt stock has acapped pistol grip and a metal oval insert on the belly which has not been engraved. The stocks shows a few scattered light scuffs and shallow compression marks with light wear at the toe. There are no chips or cracks. The drop at comb is 1 3/8”, drop at heel is 2”. The LOP measures 14 1/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the skeletonized metal butt plate; the plate has Grade D engraving with little to no wear, in about Excellent condition; the back of the stock is finely checkered, showing a couple of light compressions. The stocks rate in about Fine-plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Rust-Blued & Case Colored, with Grade D Engraving.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.
Weight: 5 lb. 6.5 oz.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. The metal surfaces have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The shotgun features a crisp single selective trigger, independent ejectors, an exceptionally tight action lockup and presents spectacular balance. The shotgun’s action returns to “SAFE” when the action is opened. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a tan leather bound hard trunk case with canvas and leather cover. The exterior of the case has been well protected by the cover, showing only faint storage marks on the exterior. The inside is lined with green felt, with component separators and two holes to hold 28 Gauge shells. The interior has some light wear from its contents, overall the case is in Fine-Excellent condition. The case’s cover shows very light wear, in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: In 1984, Winchester was contracted by Reagent Chemical & Research, Inc. to manufacture a new Parker shotgun. The new SxS was a DHE model, available in 20 and 28 ga. initially. These models were fabricated in Japan to original Parker specifications, and the reproduction was so authentic that most parts are interchangeable with the late Parkers made by Remington in Ilion, NY. In 1993, a 16/20 ga. combo was introduced in some models. On Sept. 17, 1999, a flood destroyed all remaining inventory, including parts and most of the factory records. This shotgun shows only a few minor cosmetic marks on the wood stocks and faint handling marks on the metal surfaces; it rates in Excellent condition and comes with a leather bound trunk case with canvas cover. The to-specification D grade engraving looks exceptional with the case coloring retaining marvelous tone variation. The shotgun has a single selective trigger, return-to-safe feature upon opening the action and has independent ejectors. The fit and finish of this shotgun is truly something to behold Please see our pictures and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This shotgun can be transferred/sold in California.