Good gun alert: a 12 gauge L.C. Smith 5E…

12 gauge L.C. Smith No. 5E double barrel side-by-side shotgun
12 gauge L.C. Smith No. 5E double barrel side-by-side shotgun

High grade L.C. Smiths side-by-sides are some of the nicest double barrels ever made in America. Just check out this 12 gauge No. 5 to see what I mean.

In their 1900 catalog, the Hunter Arm Company wrote that the L.C. Smith No. 5 was designed for shooters “in need of a gun handsomely finished and elaborately engraved.” The actions were filed up in the usual Smith style, and then finished with elaborate engraving of dogs, flowers, and scrollwork. Patterns varied, though, because No. 5s were custom-made shotguns and customers could specify what they wanted to see.

L.C. Smith madeĀ  just 484 shotguns in No. 5 grade: 1 in 8 gauge, 11 in 10 gauge, 414 in 12 gauge, 37 in 16 gauge, and 21 in 20 gauge guns. That mans the one shown here is rare. When you factor in its original condition, it gets even harder to find.

Auction Alert: Parker A-1 Special, L.C. Smith Monogram & more…

12 gauge Parker A-1 Special Dside-by-side shotgun, 2 barrel set
12 gauge Parker A-1 Special side-by-side shotgun, 2 barrel set

Bonhams Fall, 2012 Antique Arms & Armor and Modern Sporting Guns sale is on Monday, November 12. If you click here, you should be to see all the shotguns in the sale.

This year’s sale is in San Francisco, CA, which is nice for American buyers. You can bid away and not have to worry about the hassle of importing any lots you win. Good luck.

Lot 3389: A 20 gauge Parker Brothers VHE Grade boxlock shotgun with hang tag and factory letter.

Lot 3391: 16 gauge DHE Grade Parker Brothers boxlock ejector shotgun. This is a late gun with lots of original condition. Very hard to find like this.

 

12 gauge Parker A-1 Special Dside-by-side shotgun, 2 barrel set
12 gauge Parker A-1 Special side-by-side shotgun, 2 barrel set

Lot 3392: 12 gauge A-1 Special Parker Brothers boxlock shotgun two barrel set. After these three Invincibles, the A-1 Specials were the highest grade shotguns Parker ever created. They introduced the first one around 1907 and about 79 in all.

Lot 3393: 20 gauge Winchester Model 21 boxlock trap shotgun

Lot 3394: 12 gauge L.C. Smith Monogram Grade sidelock ejector shotgun with hang tag and factory letter. Made in 1924. Another rare America side by side. Introduced in 1895 and offered until 1945, L.C. Smith made fewer than 250 of these shotguns.

12 gauge L.C. Smith Monogram Grade Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge L.C. Smith Monogram Grade Double Barrel Shotgun
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