Make: Lefever Arms Co.
Model: Model F
Serial Number: 48849
Year of Manufacture: 1903/1904
Caliber: 16 Gauge
Action Type: Top Break, Side By Side Shotgun
Markings: The bottom of the barrels, the water table, the trigger guard, and the forend metal are all marked “48849”. The side locks are both marked “Lefever Arms Co”. There is an “F” on the water table. The receiver in front of the trigger guard is marked “Patented 1872. / 22.214.171.124.”. These numbers are difficult to read probably due to the finishing.
Barrel Length: 28”
Choke: Both bores measure approx. .630” at the muzzle.
Sights / Optics: The gun is mounted with a full length rib and a bead front sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are dark wood. The checkering has become smooth. There is a long crack in the right side of the buttstock, likely from drying out. There is a through crack and distressed wood / missing chip in the bottom of the buttstock wood, behind the trigger guard. The remainder of the wood has many nicks, dings and compression marks. Please see our photos. The LOP measures approx. 14 ¼” from the front of the front trigger to the back of the butt plate. The stocks rate in about Fair - Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Unknown. The barrels look original, but the trigger guard is highly polished and there is wear on the lettering in front of the trigger guard. The receiver lettering on the side lock is sharp. Sooo… we don’t know. The hinge end of the forend metal is gray. And yet the bores are bright.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and shiny. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 85% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows general thinning of the barrels and just a few surface scratches. There are some minor nicks on the rib and signs of light age discoloration throughout. The screw heads are sharp and undamaged. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Good condition, with much better metal than wood.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this shotgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: What a great old collector / shooter – a high end, American shotgun, from a well known maker with beautiful engraving. A 16 gauge side by side is the best gun made for upland game and dove. This is a classy old shotgun, with very nice blue and a nice looking and still repairable stock. This gun will still perform for many years to come, and do so with style.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This shotgun can be transferred in California.
|Payment and Shipping Instructions:|
USPS or UPS Insured shipping will cost $30. To reduce the likelihood of damage during shipping, we disassemble long guns by removing stocks when it is possible & easy and will not damage the wood or screws. We will also break down takedowns. We have had problems with rough carrier handling breaking the stocks at the wrist, and since we have begun to disassemble, we have not had any breakage. All parts will be individually wrapped. If you would prefer to not have your item disassembled, please let us know as soon as you win the bid. We package all merchandise for shipment on the Monday following the sale.
Your item will be shipped within 1 week of receipt of good funds, usually the next day. You will receive an automatic notification with a tracking number upon shipment, to let you know that we have received funds. If you are in Southern California, you are welcome to pick your item up and complete the transfer at our shop in Simi Valley (M-F, 8-5).
This gun can only be shipped to an FFL or C&R, and it will be shipped from an FFL. It is your responsibility to ensure that the gun is legal to own and receive in your area. Please include a copy of your C&R or your dealer’s license with payment. We will need CFLC numbers for CA FFL’s to ship. We are FFL dealers and comply with all Federal, State and Local laws.
Full payment on non-layaway items is required within 14 days. We accept Cashiers Checks, Money Orders, Cash and Personal Checks. No Credit Cards or electronic payments are accepted. To help us properly apply your payment, please indicate what item you have purchased when payment and/or FFL are sent. If you would like to be notified when we receive your payment, please obtain a tracking number from your carrier. We receive about 40 checks a day and do not have the staff required to email everyone when we receive checks.
CA Sales tax applies to CA buyers (7.25%).
Layaways are offered on all items, requiring a 20% non refundable down payment within 7 days of the auction’s close and the balance within 60 days. We do not require prior notice to place an item on the layaway. No returns are accepted on layaway items and the item will be considered abandoned after 60 days.
Successful Bidder Instructions:
You will be invoiced by the morning following the sale. This invoice will include totals for the sale and all instructions.
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Returns (less shipping) are accepted within 3 days of when the item is delivered with signature confirmation. Returns are very costly for both the buyer and for us, so please ask all of your questions before bidding and please be sure you can legally purchase this item.
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