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I just noticed an advertisement (https://www.trapshooters.com/thread...ch-vent-rib-barrels.906828/#post-8751072) for a Parker upgrade with side clips. I can't remember ever seeing a Parker with side clips, or for that matter any American shotgun with side clips. If the gun was not originally made with side clips how were they added?

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The first Invincible was completed in August, 1923 but was first cataloged in 1926. It was offered at the princely sum of $1,250. Over the years the Invincible has taken on a shadowy mystique and was more of an unfounded rumor than fact. It has only been in recent history that the Invincible has come to be seen and photographed.
In addition to being more lavishly engraved and checkered than the A1 Special, the characteristic Parker recessed hinge pin is not present. There are gold birds inlayed on the sides and bottom of the frame, combined with fine scroll engraving. Unique to the Invincible, the frame has barrel side clips on the bolsters and was rebated so the stock fit behind the frame to prohibit splitting of the stock head. The checkering and engraving patterns are superbly executed.

Invincible serial number 230329 is a 16 ga. and the other two are 12 ga.

There were three Invincible Parkers produced*.


This was copied from the Parker site, I guess the Invincible had side clips.
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The first Invincible 200000 --

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The 16-gauge, the A.C. Middleton gun 230329 --

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The Dr. Lyman gun 233565 --

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They all eventually made it into the Petersen Collection and eventually into the NRA Museum. I've heard the Petersen estate has been moving to monetizing the collection so they may get out and about again.

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I had not heard that the Invincibles were on loan to the NRA.

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I had not heard that the Invincibles were on loan to the NRA. It's time for my visit to the museum to check on them.

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Originally Posted by Researcher
I've heard the Petersen estate has been moving to monetizing the collection so they may get out and about again.

What does that mean exactly, Dave?


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Stanton....It means you better getting to selling those clunkers if want a chance to buy one of them.

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Originally Posted by sxsman1
The first Invincible was completed in August, 1923 but was first cataloged in 1926. It was offered at the princely sum of $1,250.
In 1926 $100 equated to $1535.01 in today’s money (according to a google search), so in today’s money, the Parker Invincible would have sold for $19,187.63 which seems even low for what hi-grade guns are selling for today, imho.


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[They all eventually made it into the Petersen Collection and eventually into the NRA Museum. I've heard the Petersen estate has been moving to monetizing the collection so they may get out and about again.[/quote]

The Petersen Collection has been in the process of being "monetized" for several years. It was absolutely massive in quantity and quality. Steve Barnett, RIP, has been selling off a large portion of it for at least 7-8 years, and Tony Galazan has been doing so as well. Steve had worked it out with the decision-makers involved to dribble pieces out in a fashion that would not overwhelm the market in order to get the best price for the pieces. The NRA Museum was collaborating with Steve when it all started, then Tony Galazan got involved into the deal and changed the the whole process. But it has been going on for quite some time.

I doubt anyone but the Petersen family/estate and the NRA museum knows how much is left to sell, and if these Invincibles will be available for purchase.
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