Check out the original condition on this 12 gauge L.C. Smith 3E…

L.C. Smith 3E 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" Damascus Bbls
L.C. Smith 3E 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ Damascus Bbls

Age is rarely kind to old double barrel shotguns. That’s why this 12 gauge L.C. Smith 3E is impressive. For a SxS that’s 113+ years old, it’s in awesome original condition. Check out all the color-case hardening on the action and the finish on the barrels and wood. Those are the things that collector’s love to see.

The Hunter Arms Co., of Fulton, NY, made L.C. Smiths  No. 3s from 1894-1912, and they turned a total of 2,592 of them in 12 gauge. Most of the ones I’ve seen have featured the Hunter One Single Trigger, the design Allan Lard patented in 1899 and Smith adopted as their own. The Lard/Hunter One Trigger can be troublesome, so it’s good that this shotgun doesn’t have it.

L.C. Smith 3E 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" Damascus Bbls
L.C. Smith 3E 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ Damascus Bbls

When this shotgun was new, it cost right around $100 — a chunk of money. In Sear’s 1909 Fall Consumer Guide, that $100 would buy a solid gold ring with a 7/8 carat diamond. If you’ve shopped for an engagement ring lately, you know how much one of those costs (easily $6000+ with a nice quality stone).

L.C. Smith 3E 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ Damascus Bbls

L.C. Smith 3E 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" Damascus Bbls
L.C. Smith 3E 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ Damascus Bbls

Price: $5,299.99

Caliber: 12ga
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Chain Damascus
Wood Condition: Well Used
Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny
Barrels: 28″ Ejectors
Triggers: Double Triggers
Stock: Checkered Pistol Grip
Stock Dimensions: 15″ LOP
Fore End: Checkered Splinter
Butt Pad: Butt Plate
Weight: 9 Lbs.
Sights: Front Bead
Chokes: IC & FULL

Is this a genuine L.C. Smith No. 3 Pigeon Gun? Maybe….

LC Smith 3E SxS 12 Gauge Pigeon Shotgun
LC Smith 3E SxS 12 Gauge Pigeon Shotgun

Here’s an interesting L.C. Smith that just popped up on the market. It sure looks like an old pigeon/trap gun to me, and I bet it’s a rare gun.

Smith made just 3,042 No 3s side by sides, and 2,432 of these guns had ejectors. I sure just a handful of those also had a straight-grip stock, single trigger, and a missing safety.

Here’s the rest of the info on it from the seller:

LC Smith 3E Sidelock in 12 Gauge: Price: $2999.00

LC Smith 3E SxS 12 Gauge Pigeon Shotgun
LC Smith 3E SxS 12 Gauge Pigeon Shotgun
Chambers: 2 3/4 inches
Metal Condition: Finish and edge wear; surface scratches; traces of case coloring remaining on receiver
Wood Condition: Dings, dents and impressions; straight line crack at rear of receiver on both sides
Bore Condition: Bright; smooth
Barrels: 30 inches
Triggers: Single select; NO SAFETY ON THIS SHOTGUN
Stock: Oil finished straight grip walnut with checkered wrist
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/8 LOP; 1 3/8 DAC; 2 1/8 DAH
Fore End: Checkered splinter
Butt Pad: Solid rubber recoil pad
Weight: 7 lbs 14 ozs
Sights: Pearl front with white mid on raised concaved checkered rib
Chokes: Fixed; full

Good gun alert: a nice 12 gauge L.C. Smith 3E side by side…

12 gauge L.C. Smith 3E side-by-side double barrel shotgun
12 gauge L.C. Smith 3E side-by-side double barrel shotgun

L.C. Smith shotguns get bad raps. Cracked stocks – that’s the most common criticism you’ll here about them. Finicky single triggers – that’s the other complaint people bring up all the time. While there’s some truth to these charges, the really only apply the post-1913 LCs.

Before then, these side-by-side were much more trouble free. The 12 gauge L.C. Smith 3E you see here is a pre-1913 gun, and it’s a good example of the kind of quality that the Hunter Arms Co. of Fulton, NY, was turning out at that time. The

12 gauge L.C. Smith 3E side-by-side double barrel shotgun
12 gauge L.C. Smith 3E side-by-side double barrel shotgun

In the 1900 Hunter Arms / L.C. Smith catalog, the makers claimed that the No. 3 Grade’s “…Nitro Steel barrels is considered by many to be the finest medium-grade on the market,” and that “This grade always pleases as in it we give so much of value.” I don’t know about the Nitro Steel, but their statement about value is right on. Here’s the rest of the story on the one you see here:

LC SMITH GRADE 3 12 GAUGE EJECTOR GUN: FINE ORIGINAL CONDITION. 30″ FLUID STEEL BARRELS ARE CHOKED IMP MOD AND IMP MOD. 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS WITH EXCELLENT BRIGHT BORES. AUTOMATIC EJECTORS. SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER. PISTOL GRIP STOCK. 14 1/8″ LENGTH OF PULL. WEIGHS 7 3/4POUNDS. SERIAL #208XXX. VERY NICE HIGH GRADE SMITH. INCLUDED IS ORIGINAL LEG O MUTTON CASE IN GOOD CONDITION. SHIP TO FFL OR C&R. Price: $2,295.00

12 gauge L.C. Smith 3E side-by-side double barrel shotgun
12 gauge L.C. Smith 3E side-by-side double barrel shotgun

 

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