Rare double alert: 16g L.C. Smith 2E, straight grip, double triggers…

L.C. Smith No. 2 Grade, pic courtesy The L.C. Smith Collector's Association
L.C. Smith No. 2 Grade, pic courtesy The L.C. Smith Collector’s Association

Every gun nut has THE shotgun they’re trying to find. For a friend of mine, it’s 2o gauge Lindner-made Charles Daly with damascus barrels. Another guy I know is searching everywhere for an all original, color-case hardened Belgian-made 20g sidelock with 28″+ tubes.

My holy-grail used to be a 16 gauge L.C. Smith No.2 with a straight grip and double triggers. I spent years trying to track one down. When you look at the gunmaker’s production numbers, it’s easy to see why.

L.C. Smith No. 2 Double Barrel Side-by-Side 16 gauge shotgun
L.C. Smith No. 2 Double Barrel Side-by-Side 16 gauge shotgun

According to the L.C. Smith Collector’s Association, the folks in Fulton made just seven-hundred and ninety-three 16-gauge No. 2s. I bet at least 90% of these had pistol grips, and that’s why one with this configuration are easy hard to find (I’ve owned at least 3).

But swap in a straight grip, ask for double triggers, and now you’ve got a tough gun to track down. L.C. Smith probably set up fewer than thirty 16g No. 2s like this, and I’ve spent a decade looking for one.

L.C. Smith No. 2 Double Barrel Side-by-Side 16 gauge shotgun
L.C. Smith No. 2 Double Barrel Side-by-Side 16 gauge shotgun

In the past few month — bang! — two of them have popped up on the market. When I found the first one, I shocked by the condition – 90%+ all original – and stunned by the price – $8,0000. This one has less of that condition, but the price  is still steep. Of course, it may be the last one you every see:

16 gauge L.C. Smith 2E with an original straight grip and double triggers: Nice, original condition LC Smith 16 GA, grade 2E.  28″ barrels choked .021 modified right and .032 left.  Both bores are .661.  Barrels retain 75-80% original blue.  Engraving is sharp and clear, original case color remains at 50% or so.  Straight hand stock with splinter fore-end.  Checkering is sharp and un-damaged.  Butt stock has an extension added that is so good that is hard to see.(see photos).  LOP is 14 7/8″ to a 1/2″ pad.  DAC 1 5/8, DAH 2 3/4, Cast is neutral.   Mechanically perfect, this one is ready for some action in the field or on the range.  Price: $5,495.00

L.C. Smith No. 2 Double Barrel Side-by-Side 16 gauge shotgun
L.C. Smith No. 2 Double Barrel Side-by-Side 16 gauge shotgun
L.C. Smith No. 2 Double Barrel Side-by-Side 16 gauge shotgun
L.C. Smith No. 2 Double Barrel Side-by-Side 16 gauge shotgun
L.C. Smith No. 2 Double Barrel Side-by-Side 16 gauge shotgun
L.C. Smith No. 2 Double Barrel Side-by-Side 16 gauge shotgun

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LEBEAU COURALLY SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 20 GAUGE

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BERETTA 1964 ASEL 20- THE PROPER SIZE 20 GAME GUN- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD by BILL McGUIRE- 27 1/2″ BOEHLER ANTINIT Bbls:  #31186, Beretta O/U Model ASEL 20 Bore Made in 1964 & Then Stocked by Master Stockmaker Mr. Bill McGuire with Exhibition Wood, It has 27 1/2″ Matted Vent Rib Boehler Antinit Steel barrels with top bite cross bolt lugs at .626 .011 & .025″ (Skt.II & Full), 2 3/4″ chambers, Correct factory bores and chokes as it left the factory in 1964, 1.185 KG weight barrels, Single non-selective trigger, Scalloped frame, Game forend, Straight hand stock at 14 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 2 1/8″ over a 9/16″ pad & can go 14 7/8″ with a 1″ pad, Neutral stock for the right or left hand; It is trim, slim and superb balance at 6 lbs. 2 oz., 95% coverage of scroll with light floral that is cut on a scalloped frame, The gun retains 99% of fresh rust blue, The frame has a soft patina at 98%, The wood is at 98%, The recessed fleur-de-lis checkering at 100%, The bores are excellent plus; A complete restock by Master Stockmaker Mr. Bill McGuire. The ASE/ASEL Model Beretta is the best Boxlock they ever produced and it will never be again at anywhere near this price. Price: $8,450.00

BERETTA 1964 ASEL 20- THE PROPER SIZE 20 GAME GUN- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD by BILL McGUIRE- 27 1/2" BOEHLER ANTINIT Bbls
BERETTA 1964 ASEL 20- THE PROPER SIZE 20 GAME GUN- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD by BILL McGUIRE- 27 1/2″ BOEHLER ANTINIT Bbls
Ithaca (NID) 3 1/2 Mag 2E 10 ga:
Ithaca (NID) 3 1/2 Mag 2E 10 ga:

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