HUNTER ARMS/L.C. SMITH Field Grade Side x Side 12g. C&R Hammerless SHOTGUN
1920s Field Grade Sporting/Hunting Shotgun
Here we present a C&R Hunter Arms/L.C. Smith Field Grade 12 Gauge Double Barrel Hammerless Shotgun, manufactured circa 1916 with a production run between 1912 and 1934. Field Grade production began in 1912 and it was the lowest grade available. The 1913 catalog said: “This gun is especially designed for those requiring a cheap, sound and plainly finished weapon. It is particularly useful for field and marsh where rough usage is required. The shooting powers of this gun can be relied upon to be fully equal to those of the higher grades.” Featherweights are made in twelve-gauges as light as six and one-quarter pounds.” Field Grade production totaled 199,384 accounting for 82% of the total production of L.C. Smith side lock shotguns during the period of 1912 to 1950. The price in 1913 was $25. The Hunter Arms Company continued to produce hammer shotguns until 1934.
The era of the great American double-barreled shotgun lasted for almost 100 years, from shortly after the Civil War in the late 1860s until the middle of the 20th century. Grand old names like Parker, Fox, Ithaca, Winchester and L.C. Smith topped the list of the better double guns that were made in the United States. Each of these brands have many advocates, users and collectors.
The L.C. Smith Company has a rather complex history. Lyman Cornelius Smith and his older brother, Leroy, entered the gun business in partnership with William H. Baker in 1877 to manufacture the Baker series of shotguns. In 1880, Lyman (L.C.) Smith bought out his brother and William Baker. Leroy Smith, William Baker and some other partners went on to form Ithaca Gun Co. L.C. continued to make the Baker guns, which were marked “L.C. Smith, Maker of the Baker Gun.” The Baker models were phased out beginning in 1884, and by 1886 newly designed hammer and hammerless side-by-sides were being made by “L.C. Smith, Maker.” At about this time, L.C. was looking beyond the firearms industry for his next business venture. He was intrigued by the recent invention of a gadget that would eventually have as huge an impact on our culture as the firearm. It was called the typewriter, and Smith made the decision to sell his gun company and go into the typewriter business. In 1888 he sold the company to John Hunter of Fulton, New York, who formed the Hunter Arms Company and continued making the L.C. Smith shotguns in a new factory in Fulton. From 1889 until 1945, L.C. Smith shotguns were made by Hunter Arms Company.
The overall condition is very good. Original brown barrel patina. Bright bore. The action is strong. Solid stock throughout. The buttplate is absent. Markings are legible. Numbers match.
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrels: 28 inches.
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2-3/4 inches with Extractor
Chokes: Improved Modified/Improved Modified
Length of Pull: 14 inches
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING. Will need to be sent to your local FFL or C&R licensee. This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
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