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Lot 1640: U.S. WWII L. C. Smith/Hunter Arms Co. Field Grade Shotgun

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Scarce U.S. World War II L. C. Smith/Hunter Arms Co. Field Grade Double Barrel Shotgun

Estimated Price: $1,500 - $2,500

Scarce U.S. World War II L. C. Smith/Hunter Arms Co. Field Grade Double Barrel Shotgun

Manufacturer: Hunter Arms Company
Model: Double Barrel
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 28 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 318
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Blued Armor steel barrels with single brass bead front sight, standard barrel marking on the top sides, and 2 3/4 inch chambers with single extractor. The flats are marked with and "FJA" inspector's mark, U.S. flaming bomb, and crossed cannons with "USA-F" on either barrel just ahead of the flats. "ILL 6/20" stamped on right side of frame. These U.S. marked L. C. Smith Field Grades were used for training aerial gunners during World War II. The U.S. ordered some 1,477 of these gun for this purpose. Standard casehardened receiver and locks, double triggers, and automatic tang safety. Multi-point checkered splinter forend and pistol grip stock with hard rubber buttplate. Stock dimensions: 1 1/2 inch drop at comb; 2 5/8 inch drop at heel; 14 inch length of pull; weight 7 lbs 1 oz. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine, retaining 90% refurbished blue and 70% plus case colors, re-solder evidence on the underside of the barrel rib, and mild handling evidence. The wood is also fine with numerous small dings and scratches and worn but well-defined checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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