They are legends. Born to the majestic wealth of the roaring twenties, Parker Invincibles were intended to be the pride of American royalty. But like so much of the early 20th century opulence, they were lost to the despair of the Great Depression. In the years since, rumors simmered in the gun-collecting realm. One Invincible here, another there. Reproductions. Fakes. Upgrades. All told, only three true Invincibles were ever publicly accounted for in the factory record books.
With years of closely guarded private ownership, few enthusiasts have ever personally seen an Invincible. That was before NRA Life Member Robert Petersen, head of the Petersen publishing empire, acquired all three. In the gracious spirit of the NRA family, Mr. Petersen now gives his fellow members the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see three of the world's most inimitable shotguns in one public forum.
The guns are now together and, for the first time ever, on public display as a set. See them, along with an amazing collection of other historically significant guns and other arms, at the National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Va.
Reprinted from America's 1st Freedom, February 2004.