Guyette and Deeters’ September Fine Sporting Arms auction starts on Monday. Session two starts the next day, and here are three nice-looking guns that look like they could be sleepers in Tuesday’s sale. Both L.C. Smiths looks like they’re in great, original condition. The first one looks brand new, and it was most likely made as a true pigeon gun. The Zanotti looks like a good, basic boxlock, the kind of SxS that would be perfect for all-around upland hunting.
Lot 334: EXCEPTIONAL HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION L.C. SMITH GRADE 3E 12 GAUGE LIVE BIRD GUN: SN. 9106. Cal. 12ga. Made with 30″ nitro steel brls, 2-7/8″ chambers, that have matted concave top rib with small brass front bead. Rib extension stamped “HUNTER ARMS CO. FULTON, N.Y.” Extremely fine and the finest of its type this cataloger has examined. Brls retain more than 97% of their original blue. Buttstock and forearm are crisp and sound with scattered light impressions, crisp checkering, and retains more than 97% of their untouched original finish. Receiver and locks with nearly all of their bold original case color just beginning to tone at carry point but still fully visible and superb. Trigger guard with more than 85% of its beautiful glossy original blue. Bores are brilliant and shiny. Mechanics are crisp. Top lever far right of center and breech face shows only the faintest hint of a shell ring indicating the gun has been very lightly used outside of factory test firing. A true reference model. Est. $2,500 – $4,500
Lot 374: FINE FABIO ZANOTTI 12 GAUGE EJECTOR GUN SN. 4534. Cal. 12ga. Made in 1964 w/ith 27-3/4” Bohler brls that have slightly raised matted rib with brass bead. Excellent as field used. Brls with about 95-97% original blue. Buttstock and forearm are sound and retain about 90% original finish. Frame with about half of its original case color. Bores are bright and shiny. Mechanics are fine.
Lot 527: FINE HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION L.C. SMITH FIELD GRADE 20 GAUGE: SN. 39107. Cal. 20ga. Made with 26″ brls, 2-3/4″ chambers, that have raised matted top rib with small brass front bead. Excellent as very lightly used. Brls with about 95% of their original blue. Most losses from safe dings and handling. Forearm and buttstock are original and sound with scattered light impressions and retain about 95% of their original finish. Case color is bold and vivid with more than 90% original color remaining. Trigger guard with nearly all of its original blue. Bores are bright and shiny. Mechanics are excellent. C&R.
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