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Condition: New In Box
UPC: 03214
Caliber: 9mm (other)


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This stunning LC Smith 12-gauge Specialty Grade shotgun has 32-inch Nitro Steel barrels, a beautifully figured walnut stock with a straight grip, beavertail fore-end, pristine engraving, and substantial original case color.  The gun has automatic ejectors and a Hunter One-Trigger. This was the most expensive configuration for a Specialty Grade gun and hence typically the fewest manufactured.

The 32” barrels are both choked Full (.035) and have 2-3/4-inch chambers.  The bore diameters at 9 inches from the breech are both .727.  The wall thicknesses (top/side/bottom) for the right barrel at 9” from muzzle are …



L.C. Smith field grade 12 gauge new and unfired. Built in 1948, this gun has 28″ Armor steel barrels choked improved modified (.030″) and full (.040″). The gun is new and unfired retaining 100% of the original case colors, barrel blue, and wood finish. My poor photography skills do not do justice to this gun. It is a true 100% in every aspect. There are no primer marks on the standing breech, all screws are timed and unmarked, the checkering is correct for the time period and unmarked. This is the way one looked if you found it under your Christmas tree in 1948. The best one I have had in 45 years of collecting and selling high grade guns.


In 1913, The Hunter Arms Company redesigned all of the grades of L.C. Smith shotguns. One of their catalogs from that year said that the old grades would be manufactured to order during 1913 only, and that the new grades would be carried in stock. The previous combination of numbers and names for grades was replaced by names only. The grade is marked on the water table of the receiver. In many cases, FIELD is written out for that grade, while letters are more commonly used for other grades (e.g., “I” for Ideal, “S” for Specialty, etc.). The name of the grade is usually roll-stamped or engraved on the top of the right barrel. In 1918 when serial numbers started again the Hammer Gun’s serial number had a prefix of “H”. This was stamped on the receiver and the barrel flats. The mechanical construction of all receivers was the same, but the engraving and finish on the inside of the locks varied. Frames and lock plates were case hardened on all of the grades.

Most of the following information was taken from a 1913 L.C. Smith catalog. Information on later grades came from the 1945 L.C. Smith catalog. Intermediate catalogs were used as sources for some of the details. Descriptions combine information from the catalogs and from William Brophy (L.C. Smith Shotguns, 1977), John Houchins (L.C. Smith: The Legend Lives, 2006), and James Stubbendieck (L.C. Smith Production Records, 2013). Appreciation is expressed to Len Applegate and Frank Finch for providing the L.C. Smith catalogs.





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