Re: LC 2 E
Posted by Tom Archer on July 19, 2012, 11:30 pm, in reply to "Re: LC 2 E"
We know all this shift because we sacrificed our careers seeking enlightenment. If your gun had originally shipped with two sets of barrels, then each barrel set would be noted in the barrel column within the original shipping ledger record (and in exchange for cash, you may order a research letter form the LCSCA). But very few Smith guns were originally ordered and shipped with multiple barrels sets; the majority were returned at a later date to have the extra set/s fitted. Using logic, we know by the grade of your gun that it dates to the pre-1913 era, for the grade names/designations were changed in 1913. We also know that vent rib barrels and beavertail forearms were never cataloged until the early 1920's; and we know further that whenever the gunworks added an additional set of barrels, or barrels and forearm, those new barrel/forearm sets were numbered to match the number on the gun frame; the reason being that they were hand-fitted to that gun and thus would/should not interchange with another Smith gun. We also know that any secondary factory fitted barrel set would be designated as such by the placing of a "2" stamp on the fore iron hanger lug on the barrel, and on the fore iron strap. And finally, additional barrel sets and additional forearms do add value. And believe it or not, none of this errata is rocket science; so if you haven't already, then join the LCSCA and get with the program as I am tired of typing this crap!