UPDATE: Now you can hear Doug Turnbull tell the story of our Parker BHE restoration on Project Upland!
A closer look at the vintage shotgun restoration process with Doug Turnbull of Turnbull Restoration Co.
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Few classic American firearms conjure up imagery and emotions like Parker. Nearly every Parker Bros. double gun that comes to us for restoration has numerous stories attached to it, just like this BHE example from 1921. One of the most rewarding aspects of our job is hearing these stories and doing our best to honor them during the restoration process. And, as with all our restoration projects, we do our best to honor the original makers. One way we do that is by capturing the many steps that make up a full gun restoration, as we’ve done here in our multi-part blog series.
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Contents: The Full Restoration Process
Days 1-3: making a new buttstock, fitting the stock to the receiver, fitting the skeleton buttplate
Days 4-6: last day of inletting, polishing the barrels, inletting the gold shield
Days 7-9: re-cutting the barrel engraving, polishing the action, rust bluing the barrels
Days 10-12: stock refinishing, checkering the buttstock, finishing up the checkering
Days 13-15: engraving, re-cutting, re-assembly
More Photos: see a full collection of this project’s before and after photos in our Restoration Gallery.
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Turnbull does phenomenal work. Superbly skilled staff devotes extreme attention to detail. They’ll restore a vintage firearm just the way you want it. A couple years ago, I asked Doug about restoring a 1906 vintage Parker DHE I’d bought for a song at a gun show. To preserve the history of the shooters who’d enjoyed it for more than a century, we agreed to leave the patina of age on stock, action, and barrels intact, but to rebuild the interior so it functioned as well as the day it left the factory – a great way to preserve the heritage of your grandparents’ favorite gun. See my article in Sporting Classics. John Ross, Senior Editor
as a historical collector the factual stories behind these classics are what keeps them alive and constantly increasing value. The days when competition was fierce between Baker, Parker etc. pushing the limits of American gun builders to overcome the Europeans.
Quality restoration is imperative in keeping this history alive