SOLD FOR: $4760
Make: Olin-Kodensha, in Japan, for Winchester, Contracted by Regent Chemical & Research
Model: Parker DHE Grade
Serial Number: 28-03141
Year of Manufacture: 1984-1989
Gauge: 28 Gauge, 2 3/4” 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 3/4” / EAST ALTON, IL. U.S.A.”, the right barrel is marked “MADE IN JAPAN”. The left barrel flat is marked “MOD”, “28-03141”, 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 “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 / 28-03141”, 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 an initial plate 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: 5 lb. 11.5 oz.
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 a straight grip and a metal oval insert on the belly which has not been engraved. The stocks have only a few scattered minor marks. The checkering is well defined, generally sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The drop at comb is 1 3/8”, drop at heel is 2 1/4”. The LOP measures 14 1/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the skeletonized metal butt plate. The plate has no notable wear or damage. The back of the stock is finely checkered, showing no notable wear or damage. The stocks rate in Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Rust-Blued & Case Colored, with Grade D Engraving.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are mostly bright. There is no erosion in the bores, but there is some stubborn fouling toward the muzzle-end. In this writer’s opinion, the bores rate 8 out of 10 but should clean up to 9 or 10.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are a few small marks on the left barrel behind the forend. The action shows minor operational wear. Otherwise, there are 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 safety returns to “SAFE” automatically 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: None.
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. On Sept. 17, 1999, a flood destroyed all remaining inventory, including parts and most of the factory records. This 28 gauge DHE Reproduction is in Excellent condition and appears to have seen infrequent and gentle use by a responsible sportsman. The to-specification D grade engraving looks exceptional with the vibrant 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. Whether you’re a Winchester or Parker collector or just want one of the finest 28 gauge doubles made, this is a great addition to any safe in America. Please see our pictures and good luck!
Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California. -Bud