Sold For: $3,376.00
Make: Parker Bros. (after Remington buy-out)
Model: Vulcan Grade GHE
Serial Number: 241694
Year of Manufacture: 1939 (H date code)
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 mar, the left has “241694”, “RH” date code, and Remington inspection marks, the right flat is marked “#”, 3 14” with “14” as super-script. The underside of the barrel lug is marked “I” and “1/2”, the left is marked “G GRADE 12 GA. / FOR 2 3/4? SHELLS”. The top of the forend bracket is marked “241694”. The bottom of the frame is marked “PARKER”. The water table is marked with “GH / 241694”, and “MADE IN U.S.A. / ILION, N.Y.”. The lower tang is marked “241694”. The Receiver has G-grade scroll engraving with fowl scenes on each side and on the trigger plate.
Barrel Length: 28?
Choke: Left: Fixed Full, Right: Fixed Modified
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., 9.8 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered select walnut with beavertail forend, capped pistol grip, straight comb and orange-brown rubber Noshoc buttpad. There is a shield-shaped initial plate inlet to the belly, it is not marked. The stocks have some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches with some spots of thinning finish. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is well defined. Drop at comb is approximately 1 5/8”, drop at heel is approximately 2 1/2”. The LOP measures approximately 14 1/8″ and 13 1/4? from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the buttpad, 13 1/4″ and 12 3/8″ to the back of the wood. The pad shows scattered wear and discoloration but is still fairly supple. The stocks rate in Very Good-plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued & Case Colored
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 90% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at most edges. There are some nicks on the edges of the rib. The barrels have some minor scuffs and scratches with wear from the forend which is concealed when assembled. The receiver has generally strong case color with wear toward the bottom-front. The guard and controls have handling wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly including ejectors. The safety does not engage automatically, but functions properly when engaged manually. 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: This shotgun comes in a luggage case with yellow canvas exterior, leather bolsters, maroon fabric lined English-fit interior with compartments for the barrel and receiver assemblies, two snap-caps, and an accessory compartment (no accessories included). The case has a Parker Bros. label on the interior of the lid and shows light storage wear.
Our Assessment: This Parker Brothers GH Grade Hammerless comes to us from 1939, one of the later 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 GH Grade filled a gap between the lower grade or “knockabout” guns and the higher grade or “fine” guns, offering a finer quality fit and finish, engraving and style in a gun which could still be taken to the field without feeling like you’re ruining a presentation piece. This example 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!