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Re: when customer ordered a second set of barrels for a LC Smith already bought did factory stamp barrel
"I have a difference of opinion as to the "2" stamp on the barrels loop. I believe if the gun had a second set of barrels made at the factory with only one for-end there would be no need to have a 2 stamped on the loop. The only exception could be if the customer ordered the second barrel of the same length with different constrictions".
David, you could be entirely correct; but every two barrel set I've found recorded in the original shipping records as has having shipped originally with two barrel sets has featured a "2" stamp on the forend hanger lug. Rarely did someone order a two barrel set without a forend for the second barrel set and I've only seen a couple of examples; have you seen an original one forend two-barrel set without the barrel lug stamp that you've confirmed via the shipping ledgers?