SOLD FOR: $3025
Make: Parker, owned by Remington
Model: VHE Grade Hammerless
Serial Number: 242169
Year of Manufacture: 1938 – 1947
Caliber: 16 Gauge, 2 3/4” Chamber
Action Type: Side by Side Dual Trigger Top Break Hammerless Double Barrel Shotgun with Ejector
Barrel Length: 26”
Choke: The left barrel is marked Modified, Fixed. The right barrel is marked Cylinder Bore, Fixed.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a rear-facing red bead in a mount fixed to the rib above the muzzles. There is a smaller silver-colored mid-bead on the rib. The top of the rib is serrated to help reduce glare.
Weight: 6 lbs, 12.7 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut featuring a splinter forend with a case-colored nose piece, a capped semi-pistol grip, a fluted straight comb and a checkered black hard rubber Parker buttplate. The wood shows only light handling and storage marks. There is a blank initial plate on the belly. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14 1/4” and 13 1/2” from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the buttplate. The drop at the comb is 1.5”. The drop at the heel is 2.5”. The cast is neutral. The stocks are in Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue and Case Color
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are mostly bright. There are some scattered scratches in both bores. In this writer’s opinion and for the age, these bores rate an 8 or 9 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows some faint spots of oxidative discoloration with some minor handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. There is a small ding on the left edge of the barrel rib. Overall, this shotgun is in Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrel lockup is tight with no play to the receiver. We did not fire this firearm. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This Parker VHE Grade Hammerless shotgun was built after Remington acquired the company and manufactured the guns in Ilion, NY. It’s among the last of the Parker shotguns that Remington made. This Parker Brothers VHE Grade Hammerless comes to us from around the late 1930s to 1940s. The original 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. The “E” was added for those guns upgraded with an ejector rather than the standard extractor. The Trojan would be introduced in 1913 to compete with lower-priced options from other manufacturers, but the Vulcans would stick around for those who were willing to pay for quality but also wanted to actually take their guns into the field. This gun has little finish wear, and a small ding on the left edge of the barrel rib as mentioned above. Otherwise, it looks as though it could have been made last year rather than nearly a century ago. This shotgun is a beauty and would make a great addition to any collection, especially for an avid bird hunter or Parker collector. Please see our photos and good luck in your bidding!