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L. C. SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, FIELD GRADE 12 GAUGE

L. C. SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, FIELD GRADE 12 GAUGE

Vintage, Field-grade doubles are not the kind of guns you usually come across today in minty, all original condition. As you can imagine, most of the guns were bought to be used, and they saw many, many days in hard hunting.

That’s what makes this 12g L.C. Smith Field so unique. Made in 1936 – well into the Great Depression, six years before we would enter World War II – it’s basically brand new.

A couple things about its original finish impress me: the boldness of the color-case hardening and the finish on the wood. The price is very fair, too.

L. C. SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, FIELD GRADE 12 GAUGE

L. C. SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, FIELD GRADE 12 GAUGE

L. C. SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, FIELD GRADE 12 GAUGE: 28″ BARRELS, IC & MOD., 100% BLUE, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, PERFECT BORES. FEATHERWEIGHT FRAME, 100% BOLD VIVID CASE COLOR. PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, ORIGINAL BUTTPLATE AND GRIP CAP, 100% VARNISH, UNTURNED SCREWS, 1 1/2″ X 2 3/4″ X 14″, WEIGHS 6# 14 OZ. ABSOLUTELY 100% ORIGINAL FINISH ON ALL SURFACES. NO BLEMISHES OF ANY KIND, ANYWHERE. MADE IN 1936. Price: $1,850.00

L. C. SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, FIELD GRADE 12 GAUGE

L. C. SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, FIELD GRADE 12 GAUGE

L. C. SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, FIELD GRADE 12 GAUGE

L. C. SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, FIELD GRADE 12 GAUGE

L. C. SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, FIELD GRADE 12 GAUGE

L. C. SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, FIELD GRADE 12 GAUGE

L. C. SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, FIELD GRADE 12 GAUGE

L. C. SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, FIELD GRADE 12 GAUGE

L. C. SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, FIELD GRADE 12 GAUGE

L. C. SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, FIELD GRADE 12 GAUGE

4 Responses to “Wow – amost 80 years old and brand new…”

  1. Wow. What a specimen. Wish I had
    some spare moolah. I own a Smith
    hammer gun that’s almost that nice.

  2. Gregg says:

    Yeah – it’s a nice one. They’re hammeguns are also nice. Hope you take yours out in the field.

    Gregg

  3. JERRY G says:

    Not to be a “Doubting Thomas,” but how does one know this is not a restoration job? It seems unlikely to me that the case colors would be so brilliant after 70+ years, likewise the gloss finish on the wood….

    There are several gunsmiths doing first class restorations on these older American classis SxS’s.

    Nevertheless, the price is reasonable for a good restoration.

    JERRY

  4. Gregg says:

    I hear ya. I believe it’s original, but I could be wrong. Here’s why I think it’s a factory finish:

    -Color, while bold, look right. Most “restorers” get these wrong
    -Finish on the stock looks old and a little dirty, especially around the triggerplate
    -There’s enough wear on the wood to make me believe it has been handled some down through the years
    -Finally, why would anyone go through all that work to “restore” a 12g L.C. Smith Field?

    If that gone is redone, whoever did it knew what they were doing. They were probably expensive – a lot more than the asking price of the gun.

    If the work was done to deceive, why waste your time with a 12g Field grade? There’s no money in it… If you’re that good, pick up a high-grade 20g and go from there.

    But again, I could be wrong…

    Gregg

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