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: 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