Parker Shotguns Identification and Marks.

Parker Shotguns Identification and Marks.

Parker shotguns have three basic identification marks that will help you identify your Parker.

  1. Frame Size: Parker used different frames for their shotguns. Normally the 12 gauge
    was a 1, 1 1/2 or 2 frame While the 20 gauge was an 0 or a 00 frame. The frame sizes
    included 7 which was the largest down to a 000 the smallest for a 410. The frame size
    and serial number are found on the rear barrel lug.
  2. Grade: The grade is marked on the flat of the action; Parker used a number in the early days and later used an alpha designation. The grades are as follows with the highest grade first. A1 grade 8, AAH grade 7, AH grade 6, BH grade 5, CH grade 4, DH grade 3, GH grade 2,  PH or VH grade 1 and Trojan grade.
  3. Barrel Rib: Parker put the grade of steel on the rib along with Parker Brothers, Meridian CT. The early Damascus barrels were usually marked Damascus on the rib. Trojan grade was marked Trojan Steel, the VH grade was marked Vulcan Steel, B grade usually was marked Acme Steel. This can change as orders could be placed for any type steel or damascus barrel you desired.

This is not a complete description by any means, but is intended to be a tool to help with preliminary investigation and identification. You should always consult a knowledgeable person to clarify the many variations that Parker enthusiast uncover all the time. This is the reason there are so many books written about the Parker Shotguns.

For more information please call me. I do not charge for this service as this is MY HOBBY. My goal is to help people find information about their SXS.  I tell clients I was helped by many collectors and this is how I try to repay them for the time they spent with helping me learn about SXS.

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