Good gun alert: 20 gauge L.C. Smith Field, straight grip….

20 gauge L.C. Smith Field Featherweight. 28" bbls, straight-grip stock
20 gauge L.C. Smith Field Featherweight. 28″ bbls, straight-grip stock

For some reason, Americans have never loved shotguns with straight-gripped stocks. That’s why most of the doubles by American makers like Parker, A.H. Fox, & L.C. Smith feature pistol grips.

When you do see straight-gripped stocks on an American double, it’s usually on a higher grade model. The higher-grades were custom made, and customers could order whatever they wanted.

But most of the lower-grade guns were bought off the rack at a local sporting-goods shop or hardware store, and buyers took what they could get. And that was usually a double with a pistol grip.

20 gauge L.C. Smith Field Featherweight. 28" bbls, straight-grip stock
20 gauge L.C. Smith Field Featherweight. 28″ bbls, straight-grip stock

So all this means that this Field-grade L.C. Smith is a tough shotgun to find — especially in original condition.

L C Smith, Hunter Arms, 20 Gauge Straight Stock: Field grade, 28″ bbls, Full & Full, 2 3/4″ chambers, Very good blue, Mirror bores, Light case color, Featherweight frame, Straight-grip stock, Splinter forearm with the Curtis Forend Fastener (refer to page 424 in the John Houchin’s L.C. Smith book). Very good wood and checkering. 1 1/2″ X 2 3/4″ X 14 1/2″. Made in 1913. Price: $1650

20 gauge L.C. Smith Field Featherweight. 28" bbls, straight-grip stock
20 gauge L.C. Smith Field Featherweight. 28″ bbls, straight-grip stock
20 gauge L.C. Smith Field Featherweight. 28" bbls, straight-grip stock
20 gauge L.C. Smith Field Featherweight. 28″ bbls, straight-grip stock
20 gauge L.C. Smith Field Featherweight. 28" bbls, straight-grip stock
20 gauge L.C. Smith Field Featherweight. 28″ bbls, straight-grip stock
20 gauge L.C. Smith Field Featherweight. 28" bbls, straight-grip stock
20 gauge L.C. Smith Field Featherweight. 28″ bbls, straight-grip stock
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