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Restoring a BIG Parker 8ga

Below are several before and after photos of a fully restored Parker 8ga.  Barrel length is 40.5″, the longest length that Parker built any barrels in.  The gun was put back on face, stock damage repaired and all wood refinished/checkered.  The barrels were refinished in striking black & white by Dale Edmonds.  All metal was completely polished out to eliminate as much pitting as possible.  Damages screw holes and corners were welded and re-cut/shaped.  All damaged screws were replaced with new ones.  All engraving was re-cut from pretty much scratch by Geoffroy Gournet.  Blued parts were refinished.  The action was case colored by Turnbull Manuf.  The original buttplate was badly worn but was restored as much as possible as to fit in with the rest of the gun.

New Manufactured Parker Parts available.

Through cooperation with machine shop vendors, I am able to offer some select Parker service parts.

Currently available:

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.

Building a Parker CH upgrade


This Custom Parker project started as a VH grade action.  All metal surfaces were polished out in order to eliminate the original V grade border engraving.  30″ Damascus barrel were fitted to the action.  The top lever was altered to a “fishtail” style.  The buttplate was fabricated in the Parker skeleton style.  All screws on action were replaced from new.  A straight grip style was chosen.  The stock and forend were crafted from English walnut.  All metal engraved in the rare C grade “Rondel” pattern.  (engraving by Geoffroy Gournet).  Action metal is bone charcoal case color finished (by Turnbull).  Damascus barrels restored to black/white (by Dale Edmonds).  Trigger guard and buttplate are rust blued.

Polishing and bluing an old Remington Model 11

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.

Building a Winchester 1890 Deluxe Upgrade.

This Winchester .22 WRF rifle started out as a standard model 90.  The original buttstock had been badly broken and repaired through the wrist.  Along with the damage to the stock, both upper and lower tangs of the frame had been bent to one side.  Since the rifle had to be restocked and tangs straightened, it was a good candidate to build a Deluxe upgrade.  The tangs were both straightened, then the lower tang bent for the pistol grip.  The tang screw mounting needed to be altered through the addition of a bushing attached to the lower tang for it to screw into.  A new buttstock was made using fancy American walnut.  The original forend was reused.  The entire rifle was then polished and blued with a mixture of rust and nitre blue.  Many of the screws on the gun were also replaced along the way.

Custom stocking a Marlin 39a rifle.

This Marlin 39a Mountie model rifle was in great original condition, but it had the typical fat and crudely shaped stock and forend that was typical of newer Marlin rifles.  The owner wished to make it a custom rifle with more of a traditional look to it.  A beautiful piece of Claro Walnut was used to make the new stock and forend.  The buttstock was crafted with a Ballard style RH cheek piece on it and a Neidner checkered steel buttplate.  The forend was made to be very slim as to better accent the lines of the rifle and give it a classic look.  The slim forend and wrist along with the longer length of pull makes the rifle appear to be longer than it really is.  A traditional Marlin “Style C” checkering pattern was cut in at 24 lines per inch.

Recutting 140 year old checkering

This high grade Parker hammer gun was built in 1874 and was in good overall condition for its age.  However, the owner wanted the gun freshened up a little.  Along with a good cleaning, it got a checkering recut.  The original checkering was all visible, but was worn in some areas but mostly filled in with dirt and old stock finish that had been added.  The original pattern was all recut but not fully pointed as to maintain an older look.

Commemorative Stock Inlays

Special guns can be passed down through families or given to people for birthdays, military graduations or various other special occations.  A great way to commemorate an event or a special person is to do a classic brass, silver or gold inlay in the stock.  A common place for these on classic guns is in the toe line of the stock, the bottom of a grip or in the side of the butt.  Below is an example of this done to a Browning A5, a gun passed from grandfather to grandson.  The engraved brass inlay commemorates the life of the grandfather.  Engraving done by Geoffroy Gournet.

Freshening up a Parker GH 20g.

Eighty years of use had left this 1932 vintage 20g. GH Parker in well worn cosmetic condition.  However, despite the amount of hunting it saw, the gun was pretty well cared for.  The original stock finish was very worn and completely gone in a lot of areas.  Checkering was half worn flat.  The wood had various marks and gouges.  The buttplate was cracked and half gone along with the toe of the stock broken off at the tip.  The barrel blue was in about 70% condition with no major pitting issues.  The owner of this gun wished for it to be freshened up so it would present better, but not to be made to look like a new gun. 

The buttplate was replaced with a new one and the toe of the stock repaired.  The stock and forend was worked over to remove any dents and damage that was on the surface.  A fresh shellac finish was applied and all checkering recut.  The barrels were polished out and rust blued.  And the trigger guard was nitre blued.  Other small parts like the triggers and safety were elected to be left in original finish as to fit in with the condition of the rest of the action. 

Performing a “Butt Transplant” on a 98 Mauser

This K98 Mauser had a buttstock that was too short for its owner to comfortably shoot due to the non-adjustable claw mounted scope.  It needed about an additional 1″  to 1.5″ of length.  And the addition of a thicj recoil pad was not an option because the existing buttplate was a military mauser type with long extention on top with a screw into the top of the stock.  A utilitarian wood extention could have been put on, but it would have been unsightly and the owner also wished for the stock to be refinished, checkered and ebony accents put onto it.  The solution was to remove the back half of the stock behind the grip and install a donor back half from another stock.  After the repair and finishing, new checkering was cut.  The repair seam is fully hidden by the rear checkering border of the wrist panel.