I know there were not a lot of graded LC Smiths that were fitted with the SSP option. Of these, I'm trying to determine if they normally also included the precious metal inlay typical found on the higher grades. All feedback is appreciated!
Re: SSP metal inlay
Posted by John Liles on July 25, 2017, 4:13 pm, in reply to "SSP metal inlay"
Hello Bill, Great seeing you at the Southern! I'm not sure of the answer to your question regarding the Single Sighting Plane Rib, but I've never seen an inlay on a graded gun that had a ventilated rib, and they were similar in height dimension as the SSP. For whatever that incoherent tidbit was worth.... John
Thanks, John. I enjoyed our visit too! I didn't realize how few guns were ordered with this option until I reviewed the totals in Jim's book. I recalled the forum thread related to vent rib guns and thought it would be interesting to gain more insight into high solid rib guns. The one Specialty I've seen with the SSP option has a silver inlay.
Re: SSP metal inlay
Posted by Dick Miller on July 29, 2017, 4:49 pm, in reply to "SSP metal inlay"
Bill, This may not be of much help to you, but a friend of mine has 3 (two 12's and one 20) Premier Skeets, and none have the inlay. These three guns are legitimate, and not pieced-together guns
This doesn't answer your question but may lead us to an answer. All single barrel trap guns of which I am aware from Specialty and up have precious metal inlays, Specialtys usually are silver and higher grades are usually gold. There has never been a documented vent rib double barrel that I am aware of with a precious metal inlay. I haven't seen enough SSP guns to know if any have inlays maybe following the vent ribs without inlays.
Thanks to all for the feedback! I'm thinking Premier Skeet grade wouldn't have an inlay, unless special ordered since that model is two grades lower than a Specialty. Maybe someone will pull a higher graded gun out and join in the discussion...
Now I am aware of four SBT's (Specialty and above) without inlays; I have one Specialty previously recorded without inlays. It's my opinion that high grade SBT's such as Crown grades without inlays is a rare occurrence. Vance, maybe a little dab of silver polish at the rib junction may reveal an inlay. In any case, please forward pertinent info to me for the records.