SOLD FOR: $4,225.99
Make: Olin-Kodensha, in Japan, for Winchester, Contracted by Regent Chemical & Research
Model: Parker DHE Grade
Serial Number: 28-00464
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”-70mm / EAST ALTON, IL. U.S.A.”, the right barrel is marked “MADE IN JAPAN” The left barrel flat is marked “MOD”, “28-00464”, with an ovalled “WP” proof, the right is marked “IMP. CYL” and each is marked “OVERLOAD / PARKER REPRODUCTION / PROVED”. The bottom of the barrel lugs are marked “I / F”. 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 / 28-00464”, 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” and “L”. 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.
Barrel Length: 26”, with solid, concave, tapered rib.
Choke: The left barrel is Modified, the right Improved Cylinder, both fixed.
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a white bead at the muzzle and a smaller white mid-bead; the top of the rib is milled in a wave-like pattern for glare reduction, stopping at a scribed line just short of the muzzle.
Weight: 5 lb. 10.1 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two piece fancy walnut set. The splinter forend has case-colored D-grade engraved metal fixtures and wrap-around checkering, to the original Parker specifications. The butt stock has a straight grip and a metal oval insert on the belly which has not been engraved. The stocks shows a few scattered light nicks and compression marks with the most notable at the right of the buttstock near the heel. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The drop at comb is 1 3/8”, drop at heel is 2 1/8”. The LOP measures 14” 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 no notable wear or damage. The stocks rate in about Fine 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.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is only light operational wear in the top tang from the lever and a few scattered minor 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 light storage marks and corner wear 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 with the blocks at the front of the receiver compartment and the snap-cap holder coming loose from the body of the case, overall the case is in about Very Good condition. The case’s cover shows scattered light wear, in about Very Good-plus 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 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!