The National Firearm Museum's Phil Schreier is busy keeping watch over all three Parker Invincibles, considered the rarest and most valuable of all American-made shotguns, at the Safari Club International show. Phil reports live from the show, taking place in Reno through Saturday:
The name Parker Brothers of Meriden, CT stands above all others in the history of American made shotguns. Since 1868, Parker shotguns have been highly desired and cherished by their owners and often passed down as priceless heirlooms from one generation to another. The craftsmanship found in higher grade Parkers was never surpassed during the years the company produced what has become known as the finest of all American made shotguns of the 19th and 20th century.
Of all their high grade guns, the highest grade was called The Invincible. Only three were ever made. All three will be on exhibit at the SCI convention in a rare opportunity for the public to see what is likely to be the most valuable set of shotguns ever made.
On loan to the NRA's National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia, the Parkers are on exhibit courtesy of the Robert E. Petersen estate.
The first Invincible was made in 1922 to commemorate the 200,000th Parker shotgun. In 1929 two more were made and offered in the Parker catalog for $1,250.00. During their subsequent history, only two people have owned all three at one time. Normally they are on display at the Beretta Gallery in the NRA's National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA.
Phil would like to add a special thanks to SCI, Tony Makris, Tony Galazan and the estate of Robert E. Petersen for the opportunity to display and share these historic firearms with the membership of SCI.