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Re: Buying an L.C. Smith
At the 1/23/19 exchange rate, I think EU350 is roughly US$400 ($398). Both guns have been well used and show it. Ask the seller if everything works (triggers, safety, etc.) and confirm that there are no pits or dents in the barrels. I cannot tell the condition of the barrels from the photos, but it's very possible that both would improve dramatically with a just good cleaning. I do notice a crack beginning behind the lock of the Field Grade. This is not uncommon with older Smiths that have seen a lot of use, and it may not be a major problem. However, it will not get better by itself. If you are going to use the gun, you would want to get the crack looked at and probably glass-beaded. Last year I had a Field Grade disassembled, cleaned, glass beaded and reassembled. Cost was around $300. Other gunsmiths might charge less or more, but that's what I paid for a good job. I know there are extremely accomplished gunsmiths in Italy, but you will want someone familiar with Smiths to do the work. Reassembly can be tricky. That being said, given what I presume to be the relative rarity of Smiths where you live, and assuming they both "work," you might think about offering to buy both from the seller for something less than EU350 each. Never hurts to ask. If not that and you are determined to buy one of these guns, buy the Ideal. FWIW.