SOLD FOR: $3,560.50
Make: Olin-Kodensha, in Japan, for Winchester, Contracted by Regent Chemical & Research
Model: Parker DHE Grade
Serial Number: 20-02868
Year of Manufacture: 1984-1989 (http://www.bluebookofgunvalues.com/Gun_Values/Gun_Manufacturer.aspx?id=PARKER_REPRODUCTIONS)
Gauge: 20 Gauge, 2 ¾” 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 – 20 GAUGE, 2 ¾” / EAST ALTON, IL. U.S.A.”, the right barrel is marked “MADE IN JAPAN” The underside of the barrel set flat is marked “Q / 2 / 20-02868 / Q / 1”, with a circled “WP” proof and “OVERLOAD / PARKER REPRODUCTION / PROVED” twice. The bottom of the barrel lugs are marked “I / O”. The left side of the barrel lug is marked “D GRADE 20 / FOR 2 ¾” SHELL”. The top of the forend bracket is marked with the serial number. The water table is marked “DHE / 20-02868”, the flanks 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, is marked “R”. The upper tang is marked “SAFE”, the lower tang has the serial number. The butt plate is scroll engraved, the belly of the butt stock has a metal oval insert that has not been engraved. The inside of the trunk case lid has a gold-colored globe sticker that reads “emmebi / MADE IN ITALY”, the inside of the lid has an oval gold on black colored label that reads “Parker Reproductions / by WINCHESTER with a bird.
Barrel Length: 26”, with solid, concave, tapered rib.
Choke: The right barrel is Cylinder (0.615”), the left barrel is Improved Cylinder (0.608”)
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a brass bead, which is screwed into the solid rib; the top of the rib is milled in a wave-like pattern for glare reduction; the rib tapers from 0.549” at the breech, to 0.345” at the muzzle.
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 stock shows only a few light compression marks. The butt stock has a strait wrist and exceptional fiddle-back wood grain, featuring a metal oval insert on the belly which has not been engraved. The stock shows a few scuff and shallow compression marks and a very small splinter loss, seen at the left side of the upper tang. The drop at comb is 1 3/8”, drop at heel is 2 1/16”. The LOP measures 14 1/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the skeletonized metal butt plate; the plate has Grade D engraving; the back of the stock is finely checkered, showing no major damages. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Rust-Blued & Case Colored, with Grade D Engraving.
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows only a few light scuff marks, most likely incurred from storage. The screw heads are sharp and appear to be un-turned. 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. The shotgun weighs about 6lbs 9oz. 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 tan leather bound hard trunk case, which shows scattered storage marks on the exterior, with an instance on the lid where some punctures have gone through the leather, into the hard material. The inside is lined with green felt, with component separators and two holes to hold 20 Gauge shells. The interior has some compression marks from storage, overall the case is in Fine condition. Also included are two 20 Gauge A-Zoom snap caps, showing moderate wear from normal use, in Very Good Plus condition. An inspection insert and leather care manual are included as photographed, both in Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: From http://www.bluebookofgunvalues.com/Gun_Values/Gun_Manufacturer.aspx?id=PARKER_REPRODUCTIONS: “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. 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 only the lightest scuffs on the metal surfaces; it rates in Excellent condition and comes with a leather bound trunk case, two snap caps and factory inspection and care paperwork. The to-specification D grade engraving looks exceptional with the 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, please see our pictures and good luck.