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Re: 1911 LC Smith
Dennis, if you study the Brophy or Houchins book you'll understand how to ID a factory produced gun with auto ejectors as opposed to those with manual extractors by simply understanding serial number blocks and option codes. Your gun, by definition, is a manual extractor gun because its serial number has identified the gun as a hammer gun, and Hunter Arms never offered their auto ejector option on the hammer gun models. I would encourage you to order a research letter to verify manufacture/shipping date, as doing so will also allow you to verify original features such as barrel length. As you state your gun has 26" barrels I'm guessing they've been cut, as I've never seen a Smith hammer gun with original 26" barrels. But if the research letter verifies those 26" barrels as original; then I suspect they would be very unusual and thus create some unknown degree of desirability/value. By the way Hunter Arms did offer auto ejectors on their lowest grade HAMMWELESS guns as an extra cost option; auto ejectors were just never offered on their hammer guns.