Herb Parsons in "Winchester 73"


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:32 pm
I think it is fitting to include a bit about the best salesman Winchester ever had. Not only did Herb put on exhibitions, but he was required to sell rifles and shotguns at each show. I have a Winchester Model 71 and every time I look at it I think of Herb Parsons doing the aerial shot for Jimmy Stewart in the movie 'Winchester 73'. What has always puzzled me is why Herb chose the 71 Winchester. It was chambered in the .348 and considered one of the most powerful rounds produced for a lever action.
Herb Parsons is still a legend and worth a search to read of his exploits.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 8:52 pm
http://www.showmanshooter.com/html/herb_parsons.html is a bit more about the legend Herb Parsons
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I bought the video Showman shooter about 15 yrs. ago. I have probably watched it 100 times over the years. In writing my book I talked to many people that were lucky enough to see one of his exhibition shoots. He was a fascinating guy and a real showman. I was able to purchase a M63 owned by Ernie Lind, who along with his wife, were another exhibition team that Winchester employed. Ernie and Dot were trained by The Topperweins. To be able to shoot like these guys and gals must be something.
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great video clip. that is great shooting.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:01 pm
The History Channel did a piece on Herb Parsons...with his son telling some of the story. If you ever watched the subject video...the two kids that Herb Parsons used to pull out of the crowd when doing his exhibition were his own sons.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 6:47 pm
I was fortunate to have met both of Mr. Parsons sons when Tom Knapp did an exibition at the Grand American when it was still in Vandalia, Ohio. This was in the late '90's or early '00's. Mr. Knapp was inspired to become an exibition shooter by Mr. Parsons and paid tribute to him throughout the show.
I felt like a 10 year old. :shock:
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Wow! I bet that was a thrill. Are both his sons still shooting?

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:08 am
P.Muerrle wrote:Wow! I bet that was a thrill. Are both his sons still shooting?


As far as I know, they both shoot and are hunters.
The eldest son, Lynn, is a surgeon of some repute. The younger son, Jerry, is a PhD. in horticulture.
If some is good and more is better, then too much must be just enough.

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