A fully restored and custom stocked Parker VH 16g. on 0 frame shown here with the owners proud take for a hard day of hunting.
This family heirloom was a little worse for wear and the owner of it wanted it to look like new again. The barreled action had very good original bluing under some minor rust freckling, so it was cleaned up to 99% condition without needing to be re-blued. All smaller parts and bolt assembly were polished out and re-blued. All original screws were salvaged and cleaned up. The original walnut stock was refinished as well.
This repro 20g. had its original buttstock broken right through the wrist. This is a common problem on some Parker Reproductions due to softer claro walnut that was used in combination with poor grain layout in the wrists. A new stock and forend were made for it from high quality circassian walnut. The checkering and finish was done in the original Meriden style. The buttstock was made to customer’s specifications for LOP, drop and cast-off. Also, an additional set of 16g. barrels were fitted to the gun to make a 2 barrel 20/16 set. Both breech faces were polished out and broached in the Meriden style.
Through cooperation with machine shop vendors, I am able to offer some select Parker service parts.
New Parker buttplate screws: Made to original specifications but heads are left high with no slots so they can be properly fitted and slots timed. Price: $5.00ea as is
New Parker Roll Joints: Oversized for refitting of barrels to frame. No welding of hook required. Install oversized joint and re-fit hook. Available in diameters: .440″, .445″ and .450″ (original used joints run .435″-.440″). Price: $125ea
New Parker locking bolts: Straight bolts for hammerless guns that can be used as a direct replacement for 1905-1910 parkers or on 1888-1905 parkers with the angle being put on the bolt and fitted to the gun. Price: $75.00ea.
Top action hammer and Lifter hammer bolts will also be available soon.
Other parts in the design process are forend latch keys and external hammers for Parkers.
This old model 11 auto loader is a good example of what is needed to be done when refinishing metal parts on firearms that have seen a lot of use and abuse over the years. Add in some improper refinishing work and you have a recipe for a lot of hours into doing the job right.
This particular gun was in the owners family since the 1940s. It was refinished with a hot blue many years ago. But whoever did the job merely left the pitting that was present from rust and simply buffed the metal out on a wheel. This left a very uneven surface that still had pitting.
Below shows photos of the receiver for this gun. First the surface I had to start with. Then after just a little bit of filing it is seen how wavy the surface was from buffing. Some more work continues to flatten the surface out. Finally the completely polished receiver and the final rust blued finish.