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old shotgun ???

Discussion in 'Curio & Relics Forum' started by wv hillbilly, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. wv hillbilly

    wv hillbilly Well-Known Member

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    a guy brought this in my shop yesterday and wanted som information on it.
    i looked through every book i had and found nothing
    i would apreciate any information you can give




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  3. wv hillbilly

    wv hillbilly Well-Known Member

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    last time i went to school that first letter was eye or roman numeral one. this is a L
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    Well, it is an L and L.C. Smith shotguns are well known and documented.

    Note that the barrels are Damascus ("twist") and IMHO should be admired and not fired, and certainly not fired with smokeless powder loads. Some experts claim that well-made Damascus barrels (and L.C. Smith barrels are of high quality) can be safely fired with even modern Magnum loads. Others, some with missing fingers, would disagree.

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    There should be additional markings on the bottom of the barrels or on the flats of the receiver. I believe that part is called the water table??? I'm not sure about that designation. L.C. Smith made quality shotguns. Some barrels were finished to look like damascus barrels, but were marked "fluid steel"A nice looking wall hanger in my opinion with todays smokeless powders.
  6. wv hillbilly

    wv hillbilly Well-Known Member

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    these markings were found when you remove the barrel from the reciever
    DM4R2983
    LY13.86
    C? maybe T 5.86
    in that order
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    I don't know about this one. I was looking at others on ********* and the type of the letters is different then on your gun.
    Is there any kind of crown mark on the bottom of the barrels? Belguim made many copies of popular guns. I wish I still had mine but I had to let it go a few years ago and never have been able to get another.
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    I zoomed up several pictures of LC Smith shotguns, then yours, back and forth, I think it is a broken L and it is a L.C. Smith. The engraving and contours pretty much match. :) Have to admit my first thoughts were Belgium, but I'm now convinced it it a "Elsie".
  9. wv hillbilly

    wv hillbilly Well-Known Member

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    the only markings is what i already posted.
    i went over that thing with a magnifying glass, as you can see in the first picture
    anyone have a rough value. the fore arm is cracked along with the stock.
    personally i would rate the gun at about 40-50%
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    None of those numbers match serial numbers given in my reference. Are you sure you have read them and posted them correctly? Hammerless damascus barrel shotguns were made in two groups from 1884 to 1886 and 1886 to 1890. We caution shooter to be careful about shooting old damascus barreled shotguns for several reasons.We can't see the gun to determine its condition, the barrels may have rust pits almost all the way through the barrel walls. These old guns were used hard and received little maintenance and care. There are cheap made guns out there that were unsafe to shoot using almost any ammunition. Usually these are inexpensive poorly made Belgian made guns made back in the early 20th century often referred to a Just Another Belgian Clunker (JABC). Damascus barreled guns were not designed or made for modern ammunition loaded with high pressure smokeless powder, steel shot or slugs. Given the American propensity for wanting more powerful ammunition somewhere, sometime, some damn fool is going to stuff a 3 inch magnum in one of these old guns (it can be done), cock the hammers and pull the trigger. If when various pieces take off for parts unknown and if he is still standing, has the normal number of fingers and eyes, we don't want him coming back to us and say "You didn't tell me that wasn't safe!"
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    wv hillbilly Well-Known Member

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    None of those numbers match serial numbers given in my reference

    that was my point when i posted a picture of the gun.
    i looked through all the LC SMITH information i had and came to the same conclusion you did
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    Looking at the engraving--not very well executed, I suspect it has a heritage similar to my W. Richards...JABC.
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