PARKER HALE 12G SIDE LOCK, SIDE by SIDE MODEL 604 SHOTGUN
12 gauge Side by Side Parker Hale, model 604, Side lock Ejector Shotgun.
Listed in various editions of their catalogues as the STANDARD GRADE SIDE LOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN the direct copy from the catalogue states :
“The 600 Series, with specification to your own requirements. Fine Hand engraving and Best quality Walnut stock complement the superlative balance, look and performance of this classic gun. Also offered in pairs and triples.”
“Never before has there been such demand for quality game guns in the classic English tradition – together with a growing concern for value. Parker-Hale have answered both needs with the introduction of a new breed of side by sides. Designed and specified for the English shooter, with stocks tailored to his average size.
To manufacture these guns, we selected one of the few gunsmiths in Spain experienced in supplying the English market (wonder WHO that was / is?) and skilled in producing true pairs and triples, perfectly matched in weight, balance and figure. Under our guidance, they produced a range with all the character and feel of English thoroughbreds, fashioned after the example of traditional British gun making. Which makes the 600 Series familiar to the seasoned shooter and a classic introduction for the novice.
(Here comes the clue as to origin) All the guns have chopper lump forged barrels, disc set strikers, correctly formed chokes and concave English type rib, except the model 603 which has a Churchill type rib”.
As above this is the STANDARD model 604 and was made to individual specification with HAND ENGRAVING to the action.
This gun comes in with approx. 27 ¾” barrels and chokes at ¼ and ¾ with 2 ¾” (70mm) chambers set onto the treble grip action. With a reasonably well figured 15″ stock retains crisp chequering but does have a few small blemishes including a small chip to the top left side at the butt pad. Nothing major for a gun around 30 plus years old and in reality a complete stock refinish will do nothing but justify the investment on such a classic piece of iconic British gun history, though in reality there is NO need for anything more than a reasonable amount of care and attention.
All in all this is a VERY NICE gun and anyone with an interest in or collecting Parker Hale OR just wanting a great inexpensive side lock!