SOLD FOR: $4,000
Make: Olin-Kodensha, in Japan, for Winchester, Contracted by Reagent Chemical & Research
Model: Parker DHE Grade
Serial Number: 12-00603
Year of Manufacture: 1986-1989
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 ¾” Shells
Action Type: Side by Side, Box Lock, Top Break, Single-Selective Trigger (mechanical) Shotgun with Ejectors
Markings: The top of the rib is marked “Parker Reproductions by WINCHESTER East Alton, Il. U.S.A. Made in Japan”, the left barrel is marked “12 GAUGE 2 3/4″” The left barrel flat is marked “MOD”, “12-00603”, with an ovalled “WP” proof, the right is marked “IMP. CYL” and each is marked “OVERLOAD / PARKER REPRODUCTION / PROVED”. The bottom of the barrel lug is marked “1 1/2”. The left side of the barrel lug is marked “D GRADE 12 GA. / FOR 2 ¾” SHELLS”. The top of the forend bracket is marked with the serial number. The water table is marked “DHE / 12-00603”, 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 border 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 brass bead at the muzzle; 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: 6 lb. 13.4 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 show only a few scattered minor marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The drop at comb is 1 1/4″, 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; the back of the stock is finely checkered, showing no notable wear or damage. The stocks rate in about Excellent 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 minor operational wear and 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 Brooks & Thomas USA canvas bound hard trunk case with leather bolsters, combination locking latches, English straps and green suede interior. The case shows minor wear, mostly in the bolsters, in about Fine-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 with 12 ga. offered in 1986. 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 the metal surfaces; it rates in Excellent condition and comes with a canvas bound trunk case. The to-specification D grade engraving looks exceptional with the case coloring retaining marvelous and vivid 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!