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HERB PARSONS, do you remember ?

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  1. shotgunpeople

    shotgunpeople Active Member

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    I just finished the book "Showman Shooter", about the life and times of the legendary Herb Parsons, put together by his sons Lynn and Jerry.

    Back in my "BB" gun days of the 1950s, I couldn't wait to get a magazine telling stories about Herb and his exhibitions. Do any of the other "Old Timers" on here remember Herb, or have a story to share about him?

    I have just ordered the tapes of Herb, and one about the Topperweins, Ad and Plinky. Can't wait til they get here.

    Dave in NY
     
  2. atashooter

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  3. Ed Y

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    I can't stand being refered to as an "Old Timer"

    Ed Yanchok
     
  4. JB Logan Co. Ohio

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    Dave, I have the pleasure of working across the hall from Herb's son Dr. Lynn Parsons. Dr. Lynn is a nice guy and I'm pleased to be a friend of his. If I'm not mistaken Mr. Parsons took a piece of tin and shot the outline of a headdressed indian with a rilfe (cali The item was aroung the clubhouse of the Logan Co. (Ohio) Fish & Game for as long as I can remember but alas someone probably threw away (or stole) this great piece of memorabilia. I've shot with Dr. Lynn many times and some of his stories are quite enjoyable.

    JBV=Jerry Beach 8503917
     
  5. blooch

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    I think the tin with an Indian shot outline on it was an Ad Toepperwein trademark, not Mr. Parsons.
     
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    XP100 Well-Known Member

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    There is a picture of Herb Parsons on the wall at Groton Rod & Gun Club when he did an exhibition shoot there many years ago. Not sure when he was there but the Club was founded in 1949.
     
  7. JB Logan Co. Ohio

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    Blooch- you could be correct. I've heard that name bantied about in my 35 yrs. of being around the club.

    JB=Jerry Beach 8503917
     
  8. atashooter

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    Parsons died when.... '57 or '59 ??
     
  9. Rebsmith

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    Ed Ulrich tells the story of the time Herb and some of the guys at Winchester were shooting trap at the Winchester club. The trap boys cast some aluminum targets for just such an occasion and threw one for Herb, who rarely missed. He hit it but no piece came off so the puller called it a loss. Several turns later Herb went to his car to "tighten the guard screw" on his Model 12 and returned to the line. He finished the squad without a miss and the trap boys couldn't figure how he did it because they threw him 2 more "special targets."
    As they found out later, Herb replaced his trap loads with slugs and knocked out a piece of even the aluminum targets. He was a pretty saavy guy.

    Jere
     
  10. Joe Woods

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    I remember at the Grand/Vandalia ,I think in the 80's. I sat at the east end.The Year Herb was inducted. Looked it up "1991"
    Bill Staub's booth , he installed recoil reducers.We sat arround a table with Winchester/U.S. Repeating Men. They were talking about Herb having an airconditioner installed in his AMC car. Put in his expense account and this gentleman had rejected his request.He figured Herb got his money.
    Herb was held in high regard at that gathering.

    Joe Woods/Ontario
     
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    Herb's other son, Dr. Jerry Parsons lives in San Antonio, Tx, He is quite a charcter in his on right.He is a Botany man Knows everything about gardening and bugs.
    Bob R
     
  12. jevoliva

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    blooch is correct on ad toepperwein -- my dad has one of his indian heads hanging in his office...

    Great page on the HOF on Ad and Pilnky
     
  13. Big Heap

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    In the West, Gus Parrot, a Peters representative, drew the Indian in head-dress with his .22 for many of the gun clubhouses. Gus worked during the '20's and 30's and was also notorious for parading the Vandalia grounds with a large goose on a leash.
     
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    ED Y,

    Its better to be refered to as an Old Timer rather than the old guy who died ... Someday hopefully it will happen to all of us even us younger old guys ... lol ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
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