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Re: Odd LC Smith
Posted by Tom Archer on March 16, 2021, 11:26 pm, in reply to "Re: Odd LC Smith
Well Rich, I guessed wrongly as your gun is not an auto-ejector gun as surmised; but with the pix I can now correctly answer your question. When your manual extractor gun was originally shipped in 1898(?), extractor model guns were fitted with a snap on/off fore end fastener and is easily identified as a manual extractor gun by the bakelite dogs head fore arm insert; whereas auto-ejector guns from the same period featured a metal fore end escutcheon with a fore end roll release. When grade designations changed in 1913 all graded Smith guns featured a fore end with a metal escutcheon and roll release; it was a more secure fore end fastener. Based on the shape of your fore arm escutcheon, that second set of barrels would have been fitted at the factory during the 1930's, as it was during that period that the shape of the metal escutcheon was changed from what is termed the "banjo" escutcheon to a much simpler oval shape. Those barrels and fore arm, because the work was done by Hunter Arms, were serial numbered to the original frame; and the "2" stamp seen on the fore iron and the fore iron hanger lug on the barrels denote that barrel set as being the secondary set. The "2" stamp on the secondary barrel set at the serial number denotes gun grade, or Grade 2 as that is the correct pre-13 grade designation of your gun. The reason your secondary barrel set is fitted with the reinforced fore iron fastener and escutcheon is because a Grade 2 gun is considered a higher grade gun, and that feature had become standard on all Smith guns Graded Ideal and higher with the 1913 grade designation changes.
And yes you can certainly bring your Parker along with your Smith; but your Parker, unless altered, will have chambers shorter than 2 3/4". Your Smith came standard with 2 3/4" chambers and will be perfectly safe to shoot using your Crown Steel barrels. The event will be held April 23-25, but many attendees come early because the shooting and fellowship will begin on the 22nd. Hope to see you there!