L.C. SMITH/HUNTER ARMS Grade “F” Double Barrel 12 GAUGE C&R Hammer SHOTGUN
TURN OF THE CENTURY Sporting/Hunting Shotgun
Here we present an L.C. Smith Grade “F” 12 Gauge Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun, manufactured circa 1900 in Fulton, New York. 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 good. Bright and smooth bores. Strong action and tight at the breech face. The stock shows lots of period use, including that knock at the heel of the butt/butt plate. The fore end lug has been repaired with solder at some point in the past. A repaired and stable crack in the wood is found to the left of the trigger guard. This example includes an interesting leather sling. Here is a great piece for above the mantle or display in the office.
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrels: 30 inches
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2-3/4 inches
Length of Pull: 14-1/4 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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