SOLD FOR: $1,285.00
Make: L.C. Smith / Hunter Arms Co.
Model: Featherweight Ejector Field Model
Serial Number: FWE26071
Year of Manufacture: 1920 (http://www.lcsmith.org/serial.php)
Gauge: 16 Gauge, 2 ¾”
Action Type: Side by Side, Boxlock, Dual Non-Selective Trigger Shotgun with Ejector
Markings: The top of the right barrel is marked “L.C. SMITH – 16 GA – FIELD – FULTON, N.Y. U.S.A.”, the underside of both barrels are marked “ARMOR STEEL”, the underside barrel flat has the serial number and “FIELD”, with “MPA 09” monogram in square and “NP”. The top of the forend bracket is marked “E / 26071”. The lock plates are marked “L.C. SMITH”. The watertable of the receiver is marked “FWES 26071 / FIELD”.
Barrel Length: 28”, with a solid high profile rib that tapers from 0.418” at the breech to 0.281” at the muzzles.
Choke: The right bore is fix choked Improved Cylinder (0.635”), the left is fix choked Modified (0.647”).
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a brass bead, which is screwed into the solid rib.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two piece checkered American walnut set. The checkered splinter forend has scattered light to moderate depth handling marks as photographed. The butt stock has a black capped pistol grip that is flank checkered. There are notable marks on the left flank and on the underside of the wrist, the rest of the surfaces show only a few minor cosmetic marks. Drop at comb is 1 1/2”, drop at heel is 2 1/2”. The LOP measures 13 1/4” from the front of the rear trigger and 14 1/8” from the front of the forward trigger to the back of the black serrated plastic shotgun-style butt plate; the plate shows some scuff and compression marks, one of the serrations is interrupted by a flattening mark, the plate is free of cracks and major damages, in about Fine condition. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued & Case Colored
Finish Originality: Factory original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 80% of its metal finish. The finish on the barrel set has some spots of thinning from handling by the handguard, which is shifting to brown patina. There are infrequent spots of surface etching and light surface oxidation. The right side of the rib has some imperfections under the finish, the rear of the right barrel has some cleaning marks which is shifting back to patina. The receiver still has distinct case coloring with areas of wear from handling, which is shifting to patina. The blued trigger guard shows a few minor marks, some edge thinning and light etching. Please see our pictures. The screw head slots range from sharp to lightly tooled. The markings are crisp. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The shotgun has independent ejectors, dual non-selective triggers, a tang mounted safety that automatically sets to ‘safe’ when the action is opened and a roller forend release. The shotgun weighs 6lbs 15oz. 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: This is a beautifully preserved L.C. Smith Featherweight Ejector Field Grade in 16 gauge. The shotgun retains about 80% of its blued and case colored items, which is amazing for a 96 year old field shotgun! The walnut stocks show only minor cosmetic marks with no cracks or major damages, the bores are bright with no erosion and the action functions correctly. If you are an L.C. Smith collector, this item will definitely please your collection. Please see our pictures and good luck.