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12 gauge L.C. Smith Specialty grade, Featherweight, side by side

12 gauge L.C. Smith Specialty grade, Featherweight, side by side

I like 12 gauge side-by-sides. Size wise, they feel right to me. Unlike 20s, the bbls and stocks on 12 gauge fit well in my hands. I also like the versatility of the larger gauge. With the right loads, my go-to 12 gauge can handle everything from woodcock to wild pheasants.

Of course, twelves can have drawbacks, especially weight. A lot of twelve gauges are heavy, especially ones made by American companies like Parker, Lefever & A.H. Fox. In fact, it’s hard to find a 12 gauge American double that comes it at under 7lbs. That’s one of the reasons why I like this L.C. Smith:

LC Smith Specialty Grade 12ga Featherweight with ejectors, 28″ bbls

12 gauge L.C. Smith Specialty grade, Featherweight, side by side

12 gauge L.C. Smith Specialty grade, Featherweight, side by side

As a featherweight, it’s probably under 7 lbs, and it may as light at 6 3/4lbs. That weight, along with the straight stock, 28″ bbls, and high dimensions, make this could a candidate for a perfect all around double,.

L.C. Smith introduced the Specialty grade in 1913 as “…a well-balanced and good shooting-gun and we have every confidence in recommending it to sportsmen who are desirous of having a high quality gun and do not feel justified in purchasing our highest.” In all, L.C. Smith made 4,826 twelve gauge Specialties. I bet very few were featherweights set up like this one. So if you like what you see, I would say get on it today.

2 Responses to “Good gun alert: a 12 gauge L.C. Smith Specialty Featherweight…”

  1. CB says:

    do bbls seem to be redone?

  2. Gregg says:

    The finish looks original to me. But it does look like they’re coming off the face.

    The stock is cracked through the hand. You can see it on the right going from the lock up to the safety.

    But a good wood guy could fix that and make the crack almost disappear.

    Did you get the 20g?

    Gregg

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