L.C. Smith / Hunter Arms Co. Model FWE Featherweight Ideal Grade, Blue & Case Colored 30” Side by Side SxS, Boxlock Shotgun, MFD 1929 C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,405.20

Make: L.C. Smith / Hunter Arms Co.

Model: Featherweight Ejector Ideal Grade

Serial Number: FWE115387

Year of Manufacture: 1929 (L.C. Smith Shotguns by Lt. Col. William S. Brophy, Page 208)

Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 ¾” Shells

Action Type: Side by Side, Boxlock, Dual Non-Selective Trigger Shotgun with Ejectors

Markings: The top of the right barrel is marked “L.C. SMITH IDEAL GRADE” with opposing arrows, the left is marked “HUNTER ARMS CO. INC. M’F’R’S FULTON, N.Y, U.S.A.”. The underside of the barrels are marked “LONDON STEEL”. The underside barrel flat is marked with the serial number, “I”, nitro proofs and “PM Co.” monograms. The watertable of the receiver is marked with the serial number over “I”. The side plates are marked “L.C. SMITH”, with tasteful floral engraving and a zig-zagged border. The receiver has border engraving. The lower tang is marked with the serial number and the underside of the trigger guard tasteful engraving. The forend bracket is marked with the serial number, the outer surfaces have line bordering.

Barrel Length: 30”, with a solid, concave, finely checkered rib that tapers from 0.417” at the breech to 0.248” at the muzzles.

Choke: The right bore is fix choked about Improved Modified (0.702”), the left is fix choked about Full (0.691”).

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 walnut set. The splinter forend has an ebony tip insert, the stock shows some gouge marks by the takedown receptacle, a small compression on the upper right side and a few scattered minor marks; the wood’s fit to the metal is crisp. The butt stock has a pistol grip, set with a black plastic cap. The butt stock has been re-varnished but NOT refinished; there are areas of uneven varnish as photographed. The stock has some small chip losses at the upper tang, a small chip loss and un-repaired crack by the lower tang, a few deeper gouges on the belly and scrapes on the flanks. There is a small darkened area on the underside of the wrist, right of the tang, that looks like a minor repair. Drop at comb is 1 7/16”, drop at heel is 2 3/4”. The LOP measures 13” from the front of the rear trigger and 14” from the front of the forward trigger to the back of the black plastic shotgun-style butt plate; the plate has a few small chip losses and compressions, there are no cracks. The plate sits a tad proud of the wood at the heel, we suspect natural shrinkage of the wood to be the cause. The plate is in Very Good condition. The stocks rate in about Very Good overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blued & Case Colored

Finish Originality: Factory Original

Bore Condition: The bores are bright with a few extremely light bumps in the bore from infrequent dings on the outside of the barrel set. There is no erosion.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 78% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows a shift to brown patina on the barrel set, with a few areas exhibiting scuff and scrape marks; there is thinning near the muzzles and light marks on the rib. The blued surfaces have some small spots of surface oxidation and light pin prick erosion, in isolated cases. The case coloring remains with vivid hue and tone variation, the metal to metal fit is crisp. The receiver has a dusting of oxidation and the left side shows some spots of erosion, of light influence. The screw head slots range from sharp to lightly tooled. The markings on top of the barrel are lightly struck in areas, the balance are crisp. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The shotgun has dual non-selective triggers, a tang mounted safety and an extractor; the action resets to ‘safe’ when opened. The shotgun weighs 7lbs 2oz. 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 an L.C. Smith Featherweight Ideal Grade made in 1929 by Hunter Arms Co, featuring blued and case colored metal finishes and American walnut stocks, the barrels are constructed of London Steel. The shotgun retains about 78% of its finish, with vivid case coloring and the bores are surprisingly bright! The action functions correctly and the stocks have beautiful grain. If you are an L.C. collector, this one is sure to spark interest. Please see our pictures and good luck.

L.C. Smith / Hunter Arms Co. Model FWE Featherweight Ideal Grade, Blue & Case Colored 30” Side by Side SxS, Boxlock Shotgun, MFD 1929 C&R
L.C. Smith / Hunter Arms Co. Model FWE Featherweight Ideal Grade, Blue & Case Colored 30” Side by Side SxS, Boxlock Shotgun, MFD 1929 C&R