Re: Looking for info on 12 ga hammerless SN16008
Posted by David Williamson on March 12, 2021, 7:39 am, in reply to "Looking for info on 12 ga hammerless SN16008"
Nathan, you have a very early Syracuse L.C. Smith made in August 1886. The serial numbers for the Syracuse line of hammerless guns started at 16000 in August of 1886, I own serial number 16000 which like yours is a Quality 2. Mine is a 10 gauge with 32" barrels, has no makers name on top rib, does not have L.C. Smith on the side plate. Looking at your pictures it does not show an extra pin (screw post) on the side plate, which on mine is for a sear spring (picture below) |
Inside of lock showing sear spring.
From what I can see, yours does not have this sear spring located where mine is, also your gun looks like it was made without a safety.
The butt plate showing Trap Gun at the bottom was an advertising ploy to show these guns were good at the Traps as well as in the Fields.
I cannot find on our Members Only site the patent date to tell you what that was for but I believe it was for the "J" spring that holds the fore arm on.
Back in 1886 this gun was selling for $80.00
From the looks of your gun it needs a good cleaning in and out, and if you are not familiar with taking one apart I would have a reputable gunsmith that KNOWS L.C. Smiths do it.
Good luck with your fine gun.