Long Range & Wild Fowl
Posted by Jim Stubbendieck on June 8, 2017, 7:39 pm, in reply to "Re: Solid "barrel loop support""
Edited by board administrator June 8, 2017, 8:22 pm
It appears that the use of "Long Range" and later "Wild Fowl" was a Hunter Arms Company marketing scheme designed to sell more shotguns. LONG RANGE was stamped on the barrel lug of designated shotguns from 1921 through 1941. WILD FOWL was stamped on the lug of designated shotguns from 1940 to 1942. These were the "Long Range" and Wild Fowl" shotguns and were recorded as such (LR, L, or WF) in the shipping ledgers. |
Others were made in the same configuration, but were not marked or designated in the records as a LR or WF. Many did not have the reinforced loop. In addition, not all LRs had 32-inch barrels and 3-inch chambers.
To be a "real" LR or WF, it has to have the marking on the barrel lug. Remember, this was simply a marketing scheme and there is nothing extraordinary about shotguns marked in this manner. In the early to mid-1920 they charged about $10 extra for a LR. By the 1930s, an LR cost a more realistic $1.60 extra.
There are quite a number of L.C. Smith shotguns in a "long range configuration", but fewer (2,606 LR and 98 WF) were marked as such.