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 Post subject: "Off Face" Double Gun?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 10:22 pm 
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I have a 1908 Parker VH shotgun that has a small amount of movement if you wiggle the barrels up and down when the gun is in the closed position. On the left side, if you insert two cigarette papers and close the gun, you can’t pull the papers free. On the right side, it takes requires 5 stacked cigarette papers to get a snug enough fit so you can’t pull the papers free.

Is this amount of clearance enough to create an unsafe condition, and if so, is it a major amount of work to correct this condition?

Thank you in advance for your comments and recommendations.

Tom ….

 Post subject: Re: "Off Face" Double Gun?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2006 8:49 am 
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It's hard to say about this creating an unsafe condition. At this point, probably not. However, shooting the gun in this codition will quickly accelerate the wear already present, and an unsafe state is on the horizon. You should have it repaired before shooting it much more to avoid further damage.
There are several repairs that will probably fix this. The hinge pin can be replaced with one of a slightly larger diameter. The hook can be "spray welded" and refit to the pin. New metal can be added to the hook by dovetaling. Or, shim stock can be soldered to the hook to make up for the wear. Personally, I would prefer one of the first three for a long term solution, and leave it up to the smith performing the work as to which is most cost effective and appropriate.
None of these is "terribly" expensive, $100-$200 range, most likely.

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 Post subject: Re: "Off Face" Double Gun?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2006 9:39 am 

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Shooting a shtogun that is "off face" is a lot like giving a man with a hammer a backswing; the more the backswing, the more damage done. This is a condition that should be repaired before damage becomes excessive.

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