SOLD FOR: $2,532.00
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 “MOD / 20-03756 / IMP CYL”, 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 / 20-03756”, 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, but minus the leading “0” of “03756”. The blued skeleton 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 on black colored label that reads “Parker Reproductions / by WINCHESTER with a bird. The included leather barrel guard is marked “GALCO / PHOENIX ARIZONA / 20 GA”, the snap caps are marked “20 GA”.
Barrel Length: 26”, with solid, concave rib, which tapers from 0.545″ at the chamber to 0.346″ at the muzzles.
Choke: The right barrel is Improved Cylinder (0.606”), the left barrel is Modified (0.601”)
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.
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 a few areas of compression in the checkers and scattered scuff 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 scattered handling marks and a cluster of scratches on the right flank. The drop at comb is 1 3/8”, drop at heel is 1 3/4”. The LOP measures 14 1/4” 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 a spot of discoloration and a few compressed checkers; the plate has a few faint scuffs. The stocks rate in about Very Good Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Rust-Blued & Case Colored, with Grade D Engraving.
Finish Originality: The finishes are original, however there is touch-up bluing on the left barrel after its repair.
Bore Condition: The bores are bright, however there is some perturbed metal on the upper portion of the left bore; from the outside, it looks like a dent was repaired, this area appears to be touch-up blued. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 90% of its metal finish. The left barrel has a repair that translated as some perturbed metal on the inside of the bore; the outer surface has cleaning marks and touch-up bluing. The barrel set shows some spots of darkened patina and the formation of light pin prick erosion in some areas. The case coloring on the underside of the forend’s metal items has worn but for the protected areas. The underside of the receiver’s case coloring has wear from handling. The markings are crisp. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Very Good condition given the barrel repair and marks in the stocks.
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 some spots of discoloration. The inside is lined with green felt, with component separators and two holes to hold the two included 20 Gauge snap caps. The interior has some compression marks from storage, overall the case is in Fine Plus condition. Also included are two brass keys, a leather barrel guard, a green cloth and an anti-moisture pack, all 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 has a repair on the left barrel, we recommend having a certified gunsmith inspect the firearm before use. About 90% of the finish remains, the stocks are free from cracks and major damages. 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. Included is a leather bound trunk case, two snap caps, two keys, a green cloth, leather barrel guard and anti-moisture packet. The fit and finish of this shotgun is truly something to behold, please see our pictures and good luck.