Rare American classics: 12g L.C. Smith Long Range Water Fowl SxSs….

Scarce L.C.. Smith Specialty grade 12ga "Long Range" 32" fantastic duck gun!
Scarce L.C.. Smith Specialty grade 12ga “Long Range” 32″ fantastic duck gun!

Power and range have always been obsessions with shooters, and as long as people have been using shotguns, they’ve tried to build ones that can reach out further and take game at longer ranges.

In the early ’20s, Fox introduced its contribution to this tradition: the A.H. Fox HE-grade SxSs. These guns were built to take ducks at long ranges using Western’s new12-gauge Super-X shotgun shells.

Western Super X ammo
Western Super X ammo

Around the same time as Fox, L.C. Smith got into the long-range game with its Long Range Wild Fowl Guns. These Smiths were also made to shoot Western’s new ammo and the company claimed “The killing range of this gun is from 70 to 85 yards, and the gun is capable of killing at even longer distances.”

The L.C. Smith Long Range Wild Fowl Guns were big 12 gauges built with wide, heavy actions and barrels built to withstand the recoil from heavy loads. They weighed 8 – 8 1/2 lbs and had 30″ or 32″ barrels with 3″ chambers and were designed to handle 1 3/8-oz of shot. Chokes, as you can imagine, were tight.

Scarce L.C.. Smith Specialty grade 12ga "Long Range" 32" fantastic duck gun!
Scarce L.C.. Smith Specialty grade 12ga “Long Range” 32″ fantastic duck gun!

Scarce L.C. Smith Specialty Grade 12ga “LONG RANGE” 32″ – FANTASTIC Duck Gun: Exceedingly rare configuration with ONLY 2 made in this configuration!!  Matches the LCSCA letter as found today! 12ga L.C. Smith Specialty Grade Long Range gun made with 32″ barrels.  Gun with large original beavertail forend, capped pistol grip buttstock and made with Hunter One SST.  Very scarce gun.  The tip of the beavertail on this gun with a bone inlay that appears it could be original. This gun remains in fine condition overall.  Barrels show most of an older restored blue with an area of light pinprick pitting at the breech end of the left tube on top. Action retains about 35% light original color.  Stocks are sound and retain most of a restored finish. There is a small repair to the bottom left stock finger as seen in the photos. Mechanics are crisp and bores are bright and shiny. These Long Range Guns don’t come up very often and this is a particularly useful and popular configuration. Price: $5950  

L.C. Smith 12 Gauge - LONG RANGE, 3", STRAIGHT GRIP, SST, SxS SHOTGUN
L.C. Smith 12 Gauge – LONG RANGE, 3″, STRAIGHT GRIP, SST, SxS SHOTGUN

This Field grade Long Range Water Fowl Gun was made in 1922, a few years before L.C. Smith had fully developed the features of these guns and come up with a consistent way to designate them. I’ll let the seller tell you all about it:

L.C. Smith 12 Gauge – LONG RANGE, 3″, STRAIGHT GRIP, SST, SxS SHOTGUN:

Description:
General Specs: L.C. Smith, Year 1922, 12 Gauge, 7lbs 12oz, Chokes F/F, LOP 14″ rear trigger, DAH 2 7/8″, DAC 1 13/16″
Serial Number: RE51777

L.C. Smith 12 Gauge - LONG RANGE, 3", STRAIGHT GRIP, SST, SxS SHOTGUN
L.C. Smith 12 Gauge – LONG RANGE, 3″, STRAIGHT GRIP, SST, SxS SHOTGUN

Anyone who has studied L.C. Smith is aware of their famous “LONG RANGE” waterfowler.  Made to shoot a heavy 1 3/8oz. load while keeping patterns 90% 40 yards, the Long Range is very sought after and in high condition like this one, nearly impossible to find.  Special attention to chamber, bore, and chokes from the finest barrel men in the business is what made the L.C. Smith Long Range gun a legend.  The Long Range had heavy barrels with reinforced forend lug, standard frame, 3” chambers, long barrels, and tight chokes.  Those are the features that make a L.C. Smith a Long Range gun.  The Long Range was not officially introduced to the public until 1923 and most (definitely not all) were marked with “LONG RANGE” on the bottom of the barrel lug visible on the underside of the action.  This Field Grade Long Range, snRE51777, was built and shipped in 1922 and does not have the “LONG RANGE” marking on the barrel lug.  It does have all the features of a Long Range and we have the L.C. Smith Collectors Association letter and the Cody Firearms Museum letter documenting it is a Long Range, one of about 2000 ever made.  Not so “Rare”, but only 343 had ejectors, and only 66 had single selective triggers.  Now that is RARE!  Now consider the factory English stock (only found on about 10% of the total production of L.C. Smith guns) and you have A VERY RARE COMBINATION INDEED. NOW, FOR THE FINAL CLAIM TO AN EXTREMELY RARE FIND…THIS GUN HAS 98% FACTORY CONDITION TO GO WITH ALL THE REST!

L.C. Smith 12 Gauge - LONG RANGE, 3", STRAIGHT GRIP, SST, SxS SHOTGUN
L.C. Smith 12 Gauge – LONG RANGE, 3″, STRAIGHT GRIP, SST, SxS SHOTGUN

For those of you that admire the famous Elsie LONG RANGE, and the magic and skills of some of the best bore and choke men that ever lived, this is the “Holy Grail”.  Truly a fine example of an untouched, factory original, 98% condition in case color, blue, and stock finish in a waterfowler from the heydays.  You can still see jeweling on the breech face of the barrel and all the original trigger blue remains on the trigger blade. The 32” F/F choked barrels match to perfection from left to right.  Of the last 1000 barrels I have measured up, this is the only set that has the same bore diameter, barrel wall thickness, and choke constriction.  It is simply unheard of.  And it is all untouched barrel work as it left the factory.  This gun even has a LONG STOCK WITH EXCELLENT SHOOTING DIMENSIONS and a 14” LOP measured from a single trigger in the rear position to the end of the butt plate.  Add a vintage pad and you will have 14 ¾” LOP.  This gun has everything the modern collector/shooter is looking for and is almost impossible to find.  You can tell this will be an amazing gun in the field.  A gun sure to increase in value as you enjoy its use.  A classic waterfowler at home in the blind or whacking turkey, blocking for pheasants, or blasting long range doves, this is a chance to own a very nice Elsie! Price: $5,750

Auction alert: 16g Grulla sidelock shotgun, no reserve …

 

Stunning Grulla Armas SXS 16ga. 216 SL
Stunning Grulla Armas SXS 16ga. 216 SL

Grulla Armas is one of Spain’s most famous gunmakers, and since 1932 they’ve turned some of the country’s finest SxS shotguns. The one you see here is a 16 gauge Model 216. It’s on Gunbroker.com now at No Reserve. The auction ends tomorrow, 10/15/2019, @9:00 PM.

Stunning Grulla Armas SXS 16ga. 216 SL
Stunning Grulla Armas SXS 16ga. 216 SL

Stunning Grulla Armas SXS 16ga. 216 SL: 28″ fixed choke improved and modified. H&H style, DT, ejectors, straight grip English stock, luxury grade wood, case hardened with hand engraved Purdey style rose and scroll. Two triggers, 14″ & 15″ LOP. Front of comb (face) 1 3/4″, midpoint on the comb, 2 1/4″ and 3″ at the heel. Weight is 6.4 lbs and there is no box, case, or paperwork. Current retail is over 10K. This beauty is offered at no reserve.

Stunning Grulla Armas SXS 16ga. 216 SL
Stunning Grulla Armas SXS 16ga. 216 SL
Stunning Grulla Armas SXS 16ga. 216 SL
Stunning Grulla Armas SXS 16ga. 216 SL

Watch this video to find out some more about the company:

Good gun alert: 20g Grulla sidelock, $2650 …

Grulla 215 20 gauge 26 inch barrels ic/mod,
Grulla 215 20 gauge 26 inch barrels ic/mod,

Following this AYA No. 2 I posted yesterday, here’s another Spanish SxS that looks like it could be a good deal. The seller’s calling it a Grulla 215, which it appears be.

That means it was made to be a solid, affordable, nice, but not out of reach for most people. It looks a bit rough, but sound, and I get it would benefit from a good cleaning and tuneup. Because it’s a Grulla (one of Spain’s top makers), it should be a good deal and an even better bird gun.

Grulla 215 20 gauge 26 inch barrels ic/mod,
Grulla 215 20 gauge 26-inch barrels ic/mod,

Grulla has been around since 1932, and many people consider them to be a step up from AYA or Arrieta. Maybe. I’ve seen a bunch of their guns, and I’ve always thought of them as some of the nicer doubles coming out of Eibar.

Grulla 215 20 gauge, Sidelock SxS, 26-inch barrels, ic/mod: STRAIGHT GRIP butt plate, double trigger, beavertail forend, 2 ivory beads, ejectors, side clipped, detachable sidelock, gold washed interior parts, bores bright/shiny, opens/closes tight.  Price: $2,650 

Auction alert: Spanish 20 gauge SxS by Union Armera…

UNION ARMERA GRULLA MODEL 5000 DE GRAN LUJO EXTRA LIGHT 20ga SIDELOCK - CASE TOOLS
UNION ARMERA GRULLA MODEL 5000 DE GRAN LUJO EXTRA LIGHT 20ga SIDELOCK – CASE TOOLS

If Spanish doubles are you thing, or if you’re looking for lightweight SxS for the upland,here’s one you’ll want to check out: It’s a Union Amera Model 5000, and it’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends 1/17/2016 @ 8:50:00 PM ET.

Union Armera was the predecessor to Grulla Arms. You can read more about how the company evolved here. This gun appears to be in nice, original condition, and it looks like it was one of the finest side-by-sides the company was making in the 1940s.

UNION ARMERA GRULLA MODEL 5000 DE GRAN LUJO EXTRA LIGHT 20ga SIDELOCK - CASE TOOLS
UNION ARMERA GRULLA MODEL 5000 DE GRAN LUJO EXTRA LIGHT 20ga SIDELOCK – CASE TOOLS

NO RESERVE: UNION ARMERA GRULLA MODEL 5000 DE GRAN LUJO EXTRA LIGHT 20ga SIDELOCK – CASE TOOLS: Supreme Condition – Union Armera – Grulla – Model 5000 “Extra Light” (De Gran Lujo) Sidelock – 20 Gauge – Chamber: 2 3/4″ – Side Lock Shotgun – Dual Triggers – Side X Side – Produced in 1943 – Fancy European Walnut Stock With Hand Checkering – Leather Carry Case With Tools And Accessories – Full Coverage Fine Belgian Style Floral Engraving – Gold Parts.

This is a very rare and vintage factory original Union Armera Model 5000 (De Gran Lujo) “Extra Light” manufactured in Eibar, Spain. Later to be known as Grulla.

UNION ARMERA GRULLA MODEL 5000 DE GRAN LUJO EXTRA LIGHT 20ga SIDELOCK - CASE TOOLS
UNION ARMERA GRULLA MODEL 5000 DE GRAN LUJO EXTRA LIGHT 20ga SIDELOCK – CASE TOOLS

The Union Armera Model 5000 “Extra Light” Custom Rifle was the flagship offering in 1943, hand-crafted to be handed down generation to generation. As a full custom sidelock, every detail, component and feature was subject to the highest standards and specifications. From German silver nameplate, to premier grade steel barrels to the fanciest European walnut available. No expense was spared. Full Belgian floral engraving and exquisite hand checkered walnut. A true Castilian “Old World Masterpiece”.

UNION ARMERA GRULLA MODEL 5000 DE GRAN LUJO EXTRA LIGHT 20ga SIDELOCK - CASE TOOLS
UNION ARMERA GRULLA MODEL 5000 DE GRAN LUJO EXTRA LIGHT 20ga SIDELOCK – CASE TOOLS

Union Armera (Grulla) 20 Gauge. this gun was made by Union Amera In 1943 for the Spanish version of Abecrombie & Finch, SEAM. (Sociedad Espanola de Armas Municiones). A SEAM catalogue from that time period indicates this was their top of the line offering – A Modelo 5000 “Extra Light”. The gun has every attribute of a “Best Gun”: Chopper Lump Barrels, 100% fine floral or Belgian style engraving, hidden third fastener, disk set strikers, articulated front trigger, gold plated Holland & Holland pattern locks (Made by AyA), reinforced action, ejectors, horn buttplate and drop points. True to its designation, this shotgun has a special top rib and weighs 5.5 lbs. The perfect upland game gun.

UNION ARMERA GRULLA MODEL 5000 DE GRAN LUJO EXTRA LIGHT 20ga SIDELOCK - CASE TOOLS
UNION ARMERA GRULLA MODEL 5000 DE GRAN LUJO EXTRA LIGHT 20ga SIDELOCK – CASE TOOLS

Get into the guts of a sidelock shotgun…

A Holland & Holland Royal sidelock side-by-side shotgun
A Holland & Holland Royal sidelock side-by-side shotgun

Locks make a shotgun go bang. When you pull the trigger, the locks drop the hammer, hit the firing pin, and set off the shell.

This quick video gives you a good look at some Holland & Holland pattern sidelocks– the kind of locks used on some of the finest side-by-side shotguns in the world. It also compares a 5-pin lock to a 7-pin, and talks a little about the benefits of one over the other. Interesting stuff.

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