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Eight gauge L.C. Smiths are rare double barrel shotguns. I don’t know the exact figures on how many were made, but I bet it’s under 50 all together. These side by sides were made as waterfowlers, hunting that can be hard on guns, so mot of the one I’ve seen have been in fair condition. This one at in Julia’s upcoming auction is pretty typical. The one pictured below is not.

That gun is a Gr. 4 (1 of 2 made). It has 32″ barrels and it’s nearly-new, original condition. Spectacular. Best of all, a place called Laughlin Auctions in Edinburg, VA, is auctioning it off this weekend. So if you have to have it, go for it. Be prepared to go deep, though. This gun is attracting a lot of serious attention. I wouldn’t be surprised if it went for $25,000+. ┬áThere’s been a lot of discussion about this gun. Click here for the thread.

8g L.C. Smith Gr. 4 shotgun, 32″ bbls

8 gauge L.C. Smith Gr. 4 shotgun

8 gauge L.C. Smith Gr. 4 shotgun

8 gauge L.C. Smith, Grade 4, 32" bbls

8 gauge L.C. Smith, Grade 4, 32" bbls

8 gauge L.C. Smith, Grade 4, 32" bbls

8 gauge L.C. Smith, Grade 4, 32" bbls

8 gauge L.C. Smith, Grade 4, 32" bbls

8 gauge L.C. Smith, Grade 4, 32" bbls

3 Responses to “At auction: a “holy cr@p” L.C. Smith, 8g, Grade 4…”

  1. Gregg says:

    This just in: this gun hammered down for $40,000!
    I hear it was a fantastic gun.

    Gregg

  2. Holy Schmidt- $40K for a 12 lbs. cannon- and not legal for waterfouls here- and where does one obtain 8 gauge ammo?

  3. Gregg says:

    I doubt very much that the gun’s new owner will ever shoot it. It’s too pristine to fire. It will probably go into a safe or gun room and stay there for a while.

    8g ammo is around, but very hard to find. Most guys load their own, starting with 8g industrial shells. These shells need to be modified for sporting guns, but it can be done. Some states allow 8g for Turkeys, and you can waterfowl with them in the UK.

    They’re no more powerful than a modern 10g, 3 1/2″ mag. That load was developed to take the place of the 8g. So today’s there’s no reason for them to be outlawed. It’s just ignorance.

    Thanks for the comment. Please spread the word about my site.

    Gregg

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