Make: L. C. Smith
Model: Side By Side Field Grade
Serial Number: S8734
Year of Manufacture: 1947. The.410s weren't produced until 1926, and the "S" prefix dates it as a Marlin-- 1946-1950."
Caliber: .410 Gauge
Action Type: SxS Top Break Lever Actuated
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “< L. C. Smith Field Grade >”. The barrel flat is marked “8734”, “Field”, “NP” and a boxed “MAP co”. Both barrels are marked “Armor Steel” on the bottom. The left and right sideplates are marked “L. C. Smith”. The water table is marked “Field”, “S8743” and “F W”. The forend metal is marked “8734”.
Barrel Length: 26”
Choke: Both bores measure 0.400” at the muzzle.
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a full length rib with fine wavy serrations and a brass bead front sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are dark checkered walnut. The pistol grip has a black hard rubber grip cap which matches the buttplate. The buttstock has one small ding on the bottom about 3 ½” from the buttplate, and one more on each side of the stock just behind the checkering of the pistol grip. The checkering is sharp and unmarred. The forend is oil stained at the front and rear and the checkering is not as deep as on the pistol grip. It appears the stocks may have been re-finished as there is varnish overlapped onto the lower tang, bottom and sides of the receiver, and on the metal of the forend. The buttplate has many scratches but no chips. The buttplate screws have the finish worn off but are otherwise undamaged. The LOP measures 14” to the front trigger. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mirror bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 50% of its metal finish. The barrel shows wear at the muzzle and thinning on both sides on the back half. The thinned areas show brown patina. The rib has 2 small dings on the right side, but the flat sighting plane is undamaged, with no mars in the serrations. The metal hinge area on the back of the forend has thinned, but the brown color is due to varnish, not patina. The receiver shows thinning with a brown patina and pinprick surface erosion. The left sideplate shows thinning, pinprick surface erosion at the front, and a mark around the screw head. The right sideplate shows thinning and has varnish overflow, plus marks around the screw head. The finish on the lever and safety show thinning. The Screw heads are damaged but serviceable. The markings on the top of the barrel and sideplates are shallow but readable, while the others are sharp and deep. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this shotgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: L. C. Smith shotguns were made in the United States as early as 1878 by W. H. Baker Co. and L. C. Smith . From 1890-1946, L. C. Smith shotguns were manufactured by Hunter Arms Company, and then by the L. C. Smith Gun Co. from 1946-1950. In 1968 Marlin acquired the label and began making them, but by 2004, they were manufactured in Italy. This shotgun is a good example of the outstanding quality possible in an American made firearm. The fitting of all parts is tight, and the bores are like mirrors. Although the metal shows a little wear, the wood is nice looking. This shotgun still has a lot of years left for someone who appreciates a quality firearm.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible shotgun can be transferred in California.
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