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That's all way different than the way I thought it went down. Let's hear more opinions, or maybe the whole truth.

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This courtesy of Bruce Day on the Parker Gun Collectors Association site back in 2012 --

Here are the three Invincible Grade Parkers, which are fully owned by the NRA. While at one time they were held by the NRA as trustee, they are now owned. Two are straight hand grip, one is half pistol grip with a foliate or leaf carving.

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So, I guess they will not be part of the Petersen estate monetization.

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You can “monetize” something by charging exhibition fees or admission.
Lots of painting collections are preserved, protected, and promoted for enjoyment that way.
Cars too.

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Several years ago when the Invincibles were displayed at the Annual Meeting of the Parker Gun Collectors Association on Maryland's Eastern Shore Phil Shrier told me the NRA Museum had been offered $4 million for the three Invincibles... No Deal was struck at that time.

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Who is Phil Shrier?
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so then the Invincible is the "Best" grade Parker gun....the other grades are just also rans.....price point guns....some are lip sticked up quite a bit...but they are what they are..??..

Im more of a Fox gun person....but they admitted that the only real difference between the sterlingworth and the high grades was lipstick.....


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Originally Posted by gunut
...the only real difference between the sterlingworth and the high grades was lipstick.....
And some damn fine lipstick it was:
https://stevebarnettfineguns.com/ah-fox-shotguns-for-sale/ah-fox-xe-12-gauge
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Originally Posted by gunut
...they admitted that the only real difference between the sterlingworth and the high grades was lipstick.....

I think you're mis-stating the reality of it. The Sterlingworth internals were kept to the same high quality as the graded guns. With A H Fox guns, the graded guns were offered years before the Sterlingworth was. Point is, the graded guns weren't of a lower quality internally, the Sterlingworth was just above average in internal quality, for guns of a competitive nature in other makes. Big difference.

I'm mostly a "Fox man" myself, but I can appreciate and enjoy Parkers. My latest acquisition is a DHE Parker 16/20 that may well become my go to dove gun, for later season birds.


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Hey there Deano. You and your brother Parkeristas might enjoy the fine article on the Del Grego family and their unique history with Parker Bros-Autumn 2021 issue (40th. Anniv.) 0f Sporting Classics, very well written,IMO, byTom Kerr. Do you know this gent by the way- His research seems solid, and the fotos are a nice insight into the Del Grego shop-- But, like any fine article on "classic shotguns: Parlers and Model 12's- there is an error in both Mr. Kerr's article, and also in the John Madis M12 book. Are you astute and observant enough to spot them? Nothing like a challenge, right?? RWTF


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