L.C. Smith.


While I was out of town yesterday I took the opportunity to stop at the Cabellas. They had a few L.C. Smith doubles in the “gun library. This one being the only fancier grade.

I’m a big fan of the LC Smiths. My appreciation of them coming from Brady who was the major factor in my taste for all fine vintage firearms.

The two cabellas has are both 12s and not a 16 gauge in sight unfortunately .


  1. Yesterday Ken had on the knuckledragging sight a great video of 4 gauge rifles going up for auction in
    the state of Me.,some have some serious history and the shells look like something one would see in a howitzer,1/4 pound bullets for short range/hopefully put down anything you are hunting.They demonstrate one being used(not a collector grade) and is a very cool video.Here is the link: http://knuckledraggin.com/2020/03/a-quarter-pound-bullet/ ,you just want to see the rifle going off at end of video though I thought the whole video interesting way to spend 20 minutes.

  2. That’s an “Ideal Grade” shotgun, made after 1913. It is one grade above “Field” grade, which you can tell from the simple oak leaf engraving pattern on the lock plates.

    At that price, I’m going to guess that it is a lifter gun, ie, a non-ejector gun. It has double triggers instead of the single trigger. The Ideal Grade could be ordered with either single or double triggers (doubles were cheaper), lifter or ejector (ejector was more), 26 to 32″ barrels, in a variety of chokes. A gun with a Hunter single trigger, ejectors and 32″ barrels probably set you back over $70 before WWI.

      • What most people don’t realize is that an ejector gun is basically four sets of lockwork. There’s a set of locks for the barrels, and then a set of locks for the ejectors. Think of the ejectors as firing pins, and you start to understand why the ejector guns cost so much more and are worth so much more.


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