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Please be courteous, RESTRICT YOUR POSTS AND COMMENTS TO L.C. SMITH RELATED TOPICS, and you MUST USE YOUR ACTUAL NAME.
You will find answers to many of your questions by reviewing "Shotguns" (where the grades are shown) and "FAQ" (Frequently Asked Questions) on the Home Page. Please review the General Information FAQ "Is my shotgun safe to shoot?" before using your L.C. Smith or Hunter Arms Co. Fulton shotgun.
The serial number alone is not adequate to identify or date your Smith gun. A numeric grade stamp began to appear underneath the serial number with the introduction of the No. 00 in 1898, but may not be found on No. 2 and higher grade guns. When the grade designations and engraving patterns were changed in 1913, "Field" or a capital letter (I=Ideal, T=Trap, S=Specialty, etc.) were stamped on the action flats and barrel flats underneath the serial number; the grade was also marked on the top of the right barrel. Guns manufactured 1945-1950 will (usually) have a 'S' preceding the serial number. Please request a Research Letter (Request Form is on the Home Page) to obtain the DATE OF MANUFACTURE of your L.C. Smith.
DO NOT POST if you are seeking the VALUE of a L.C. Smith. Instead, visit the FAQ and read "How can I determine the value of my L.C. Smith?"
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