SOLD FOR: $2125
Make: Parker Bros. (after Remington buy-out)
Model: Vulcan Grade VHE
Serial Number: 241745
Year of Manufacture: 1940-1942
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 3/4” Shells
Action Type: Side by Side, Dual Trigger Shotgun with Ejectors
Markings: Each barrel flat has a Parker Overload Prooved proof mark and “FULL”, the left has “241745”, “0” in diamond, “KJ”, and with Remington inspection marks, the right flat is marked “4 3” with “3” as super-script and “#”. The underside of the barrel lug is marked “B”, “W” and “1 1/2”, the left is marked “V GRADE 12 GA. / FOR 2 3/4″ SHELLS”. The top of the forend bracket is marked “241745”. The bottom of the frame is marked “PARKER” and the receiver has border engraving. The water table is marked with “VH / 241745”, and “MADE IN U.S.A. / ILION, N.Y.”. The lower tang is marked “241745”.
Barrel Length: 30″
Choke: Left: Fixed Full, Right: Fixed Full
Sights / Optics: There is a silver-colored bead. The top of the rib is milled in a wave-like pattern for glare reduction which stops at a scribed line just behind the muzzle.
Weight: 7 lb., 8.6 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with splinter forend, capped pistol grip, straight comb and checkered black hard rubber Parker buttplate with embossed hunting dog holding a bird. The stocks have some scattered nicks, scuffs and scratches. There is thinning finish at the rear of the forend and at the rear of the buttstock. There is a crack at the left-rear of the forend toward the heel. The checkering is generally sharp. Drop at comb is approximately 1 1/2”, drop at heel is approximately 2 1/2”. The LOP measures approximately 14 1/2? and 13 1/2″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some light wear, mostly at the heel with well defined checkering. The stocks rate in Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued & Case Colored
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are mostly bright. There is infrequent erosion, and some stubborn fouling at the muzzles.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 80% of its metal finish. The barrels have light surface oxidation scattered throughout in otherwise strong finish. The receiver has finish wear toward the bottom-front and on the fences, with stronger finish toward the top-rear. The receiver also has some scattered oxidation. The guard has light oxidation in otherwise strong blue finish. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly including ejectors. The tang mounted safety returns to ‘safe’ when the action is opened. The barrel to frame fit is solid. 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: None
Our Assessment: This Parker Brothers VH Grade Hammerless comes to us from 1940-1942, one of the very last Parkers made. Fewer and fewer Parkers were being sold in the late 1930s and early 1940s and production was finally ceased to free up manufacturing capacity for wartime production. The VH or Vulcan Grade was a “knockabout” gun produced by Parker which still had the same quality in manufacture and attention to detail of their higher grade, and higher priced, offerings. This example has wood is of slightly higher quality than usual for Parker Vulcan guns, collectors speculate that Remington used remaining Parker walnut blanks to help cut costs after buying the company. It seems that there were several Remington/Parker guns that had higher grade wood than normal for their model. This is a nice gun showing honest wear but retaining bright bores and strong mechanics. This very late production Parker will make a great addition to any collection, whether your interest is Parker shotguns, or you can simply appreciate a classic American shotgun. Please see our photos and good luck!