L.C. Smith Gd. 2E 12ga. – HIGH FACTORY CONDITION, MODERN DIMENSIONS
My collection consists mostly of Fox guns and pre-1913 L.C. Smiths. I love the early Elsie graded guns with superior fit and finish and classic engraving. The early guns had firing pin bushings, more attention to details, nicer wood and checkering, and better inletting. This fine Elsie, sn8699, was built in 1901 and remains in remarkable condition, with all finishes factory original, even the stock finish and checkering. They made almost 11,000 12ga. L.C. Smith Grade 2 guns and you see them for sale quite often, most all of them worn, having bad screws, cut off stocks, rust and pits, the works. It is a rare find to acquire one in such unmolested condition. That is where the value is in today’s market; high condition original guns. There are so few of them left to buy. This is a big gun, weighing 7 3/4lbs., but it balances ever so delicately right on the hinge pin and feels great in hand. Great for all of your pheasant, waterfowl, and turkey hunting and a superb sporting clays gun, it is a fine example of when the double gun industry was at its zenith.
The 30” nitro steel barrels retain 97% dark factory blue, mirror bores, choked M/F (.024/.039, can be altered to your specs for $70 per barrel), .726/.727 bore diameter, minimum wall thickness 32 thousandths, no dents, pits, or major scratches, 2 ¾” chambers, ribs are tight and barrels ring like church bells, double ivory beads, crisp lettering, ejectors timed, barrels tight on breech face, an awesome set of barrels.
The regular weight receiver retains 80% fading case colors, perfect screws, clear sharp engraving, action tight with lever right of center, crisp double triggers, 75% factory niter blue on trigger guard, action recently stripped, inspected, and cleaned. excellent condition inside and out. HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET TO BUY A 110 YEAR OLD GUN THAT HAS BEEN COMPLETELY STRIPPED AND CLEANED, INCLUDING PHOTOS OF THE INTERNALS? That is the best way to buy a vintage shotgun, ready for another decade or so before any required service.
The wood is nicely figured French walnut with excellent factory finish and checkering, HEAD OF STOCK HAS NO CRACKS AND WE HAVE PHOTOS OF THE INSIDE OF THE STOCK HEAD. AGAIN, THIS IS THE WAY TO BUY AND ELSIE! The wood to metal fit is superb all the way around with no splits or cracks, LOP of 14 7/16” to the end of new Silvers Pad. Gun was likely shipped with a pad as the curvature of the butt still remains and I purchased the gun with a decrepit Silvers pad that was hard as a rock. Drop at heel of 2 ¾”, drop at comb 1 5/8”, 1/8” cast off (can be bent to your specs within 10 days of purchase for about $180), really a great example of factory originality.
Cruise the internet searching for an L.C. Smith Grade 2E that comes close to comparing to this one and it is unlikely you will find one at any price. What an appealing gun for your 12ga. needs in the field or at the clays course. Utility aside, a gorgeous example of one of the best vintage American doubles you could own and a true investment quality shotgun. With proper care the gun will continue to grow in value.
There are additional photos upon request. THERE IS A 30 DAY MECHANICAL WARRANTY ON THIS GUN. Please see my other fine Vintage Firearms on this website. Just click on the line in the ad that says “see all items from this seller” and a great list of collectible and sporting arms will appear. Many more treasures being listed daily. Thanks for looking, and don’t let this fine Elsie get away!
Trades Accepted: No
LET ME SELL YOUR GUNS!!! As you can see, I do a thorough job, am nationally known, and have hundreds of existing customers looking for your gun! Federally licensed dealer of Classic American Doubles, i.e. Fox, Parker, Ithaca, L.C. Smith, Lefever. Guns must be shipped to licensed dealer. Layaways accepted. No returns on layaways. I BUY SHOTGUNS, COLLECTIONS OR ONE AT A TIME.