SOLD FOR: $1,121.00
Make: L.C. Smith
Model: Field Grade Featherweight
Serial Number: FWS21524
Year of Manufacture: 1947 (Pg. 120 of “L.C. Smith Production Records” by Stubbendieck)
Gauge: 20 GA with 2 3/4” Chambers
Action Type: Top Lever Opening Sidelock Double Barreled Shotgun With Ejectors
Markings: The top of the right barrel is marked “L.C. SMITH-20 GA-Field-FULTON, N.Y. U.S.A.”. The bottom of each barrel is marked “ARMOR STEEL”. Each side of the barrel flat has a proof mark, the left barrel flat is marked “21524 / FIELD E”. The inside of the forend iron is marked “21524”. Each side plate is marked “L.C. SMITH”. The right of the water table is marked “FWS21524 / FIELD E”.
Barrel Length: The barrels are 28″ in length and have a full length finely serrated solid rib down the center.
Choke: Both Full, both fixed.
Sights / Optics: This shotgun has a brass bead fixed to the front of the rib.
Weight: 6 lb., 11.8 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a splinter forend, capped pistol grip, straight comb and serrated black hard rubber buttplate. The stocks have scattered light-moderate compressions, nicks, dings, scuffs and drag lines. The checkering is smoooth but well defined. The wood is generally proud to the metal. There are no chips or cracks. The grip cap has some light scuffing. The LOP measures 14 1/8” from the front of the forward trigger and 13 1/4” from the front of the rear trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has light wear with a few scattered light marks, in about Very Good-Fine condition. The drop at comb is 1 3/8″ and the drop at heel is 2 3/8″. The cast is about neutral. The stocks rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: The barrels and trigger guard are blued and the receiver and upper tang are case colored.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 93% of its metal finish. The barrels have some scattered light scuffs, nicks and spots of finish wear with more notable finish wear over the forend with light patina in the wear. There is strong finish between the rib and barrels. The receiver and sideplates have generally strong case-coloring with some scattered light freckling except for the right sideplate which has more wear and discoloration from oxidation toward the rear. The trigger guard has some scattered light marks. The lever and safety slider have light handling wear. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrels lock solidly to the frame. Its safety engages automatically upon opening. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The history of the L.C. Smith firearms is quite interesting. L. C. Smith formed a partnership with L. H. Smith and W.H. Baker to manufacture a three-barrel gun in 1879. L. C. Smith took over the company in 1880 and in 1884 began manufacturing hammer shotguns. Smith became interested in a new-fangled invention called the typewriter, and sold the company in 1888 to John Hunter. Smith went on to form the Smith-Corona company and became a world leader in the manufacture of typewriters. The L. C. Smith shotguns manufactured by Hunter Arms went on to become some of the highest quality shotguns made in the United States. When Marlin bought the Hunter Arms Co. in 1945, they began manufacturing the same guns under the L. C. Smith Gun Company title. A fire caused destruction of most of the manufacturing capability in 1949 and in 1950, the factory was closed. This is an L. C. Smith Field Grade Featherweight shotgun made in 1947, chambered in 20 gauge with 28″ barrels. The shotgun is in about Very Good condition with about 93% of its original finish remaining and nice bores. This would make great addition to any L.C. Smith, double-barrel, American, or really any shotgun collection and would also make a fine field shotgun to this day. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible shotgun CAN be transferred as a dealer sale in California. All cartridge firing firearms sold to a California resident must be DROS’d. This does not apply to out of state residents.