Lot #3486
Lot #3488

Lot 3487: U.S. Inspected WWII L. C. Smith/Hunter Arms Co. Shotgun

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

Auction Date: December 11, 2022

Lot 3487: U.S. Inspected WWII L. C. Smith/Hunter Arms Co. Shotgun

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

Auction Date: December 11, 2022

Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,500
Price Realized:

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

Manufacturer: Hunter Arms Company
Model: Field
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 28 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 438
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 258
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

The right barrel flat is stamped with an ordnance flaming bomb, and "USA-F" is marked on the underside of either barrel just ahead of the flats. These U.S. inspected L. C. Smith Field Grades were used for training aerial gunners during World War II. Rochester Ordnance ordered approximately 1,477 of these guns between May 9th, 1942 to April 9th, 1943, in the 197321-202813 serial range. Reference page 203 of William Brophy's "L. C. Smith Shotguns". Blued Armor steel barrels with dual brass bead sights, "L.C. SMITH field GRADE" and "HUNTER ARMS CO. INC. M'F'R'S FULTON, N.Y., U.S.A" marked on top of the barrels. Standard casehardened receiver and locks, double triggers, and automatic tang safety. Multi-point checkered splinter forend and pistol grip stock with hard rubber buttplate. Chambers measure 2 3/4" with single extractor, chokes measure improved modified/full, and 14 inch length of pull. Provenance: The Paul H. Thompson of Union, SC Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine, retains 80% original blue finish on the barrels with a few areas lightly thinning and smooth brown patina on the balance. 60% plus original case colors remain, with scattered moderate freckling and smooth gray patina concentrated on the right. Wood is also fine as re-oiled on the right of the buttstock, with a few scattered light to moderate scratches and dents. Mechanically excellent.



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