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CHRONOLOGY OF SURVIVING L.C. SMITH SHOTGUNS

Last Updated January 15, 2016


L.C. Smith shotguns were manufactured over a period of nearly seven decades by four companies.  Much of the actual manufacturing chronology is lost.  In general, the annual catalogs tell when certain features were added, but inspection of shotguns has revealed that certain features were added earlier or removed from the lineup later.  For example, there was not a clear end point for the pre-1913 shotguns.  Many were made in 1913 and later.  Likewise, Field, Ideal, and Specialty grade production started in 1912 and these grades are mixed with No. 00, 1, and 2 grades in the ledgers. L.C. Smith shotguns were rarely finished in the order of their serial numbers. Therefore, a later serial number does not necessarily mean that it was finished at a later date.

One of the primary complications to L.C. Smith chronology is that serial number blocks were reused up to three times.  The L.C. Smith Collectors Association is fortunate to have a copy of the production records which provide dates of manufacture, but many of the features and options are not listed in the ledgers.  Connecting the date of appearance or disappearance of a feature, such as the first type of ejectors or the Curtis forend release, to a date helps to complete the production chronology. 

YOU CAN HELP!  We invite you to look at the categories and submissions.  If you have a shotgun that you think is older than the "Earliest", newer than the "Latest", heavier than the "Heaviest", etc., please send the information to Jim Stubbendieck. The date of manufacture will be checked in the records (if the record cannot be located, the shotgun cannot be included in the Chronology), and your entry will be posted if it beats the current entry.  Be creative and submit entries for new categories.  Information about your shotguns may help to assemble information on the manufacturing chronology.

When there is a new category "winner" the old is crossed out and the new is in bold. When both the category and "winner" are new <--- NEW CATEGORY and the "winner" is in bold.

FEATURES AND OPTIONS: EARLIEST AND LATEST

EARLIEST

Earliest Curtis Forend Release

Serial Number 337348 March 8, 1912), 12 gauge No. 00 submitted by Chuck Gernhart.

Earliest Schnabel Forend <--- NEW CATEGORY

Serial Number 122350 (July 15, 1929), 12 gauge Specialty Grade submitted by Phil Carr.

Earliest Beavertail Forend

Serial Number 13689 (December 17, 1920), 12 gauge Crown Grade submitted by Gerald Basham.

Earliest Straight Stock

Serial Number 2391 (November 27, 1895), 12 gauge Pigeon Gun submitted by Scott Janowski.

Earliest Skeleton Butt Plate

Serial Number 925 (1894), No. A-1 12 gauge submitted by Joe Ray.

Earliest Second Type of Ejectors

Serial Number 2371 (November 27,1895), 12 gauge Pigeon submitted by Scott Janowski.

Earliest Featherweight Frame

Serial Number 1104 (December 4, 1907), 20 gauge No. 00 submitted by Keith Swicewood.

Earliest Two-Piece Top Tang

Serial Number 37702 (1894), 10 gauge submitted by Ed Onwiler.

Earliest Horizontally Grooved Triggers

Serial Number 925 (1894), No. A-1 12 gauge submitted by Joe Ray.

Earliest Fluid Steel Barrels

Serial Number 1108 (1894), No. A-3 12 gauge with Whitworth Steel barrels submitted by Tom Breeden.

Earliest With Crown Steel Barrels

Serial Number 2391 (November 27, 1895), 12 gauge Pigeon submitted by Scott Janowski.
Serial Number 37209 (December 1893), 12 gauge Pigeon submitted by Phil Carr.

Earliest Field Grade with 24-inch Barrels<-- NEW CATEGORY

Serial Number 349272 (September 24, 1914), submitted by James Hall.

Earliest With 26-inch Barrels <--- NEW CATEGORY

Serial Number 41994 (November, 1896), 12 gauge No. 1 with Damascus barrels submitted by Phil Carr.

Earliest With Miller Trigger

Serial Number 213404 (March 3, 1911), 12 gauge No. 00E submitted by Chalmers Culbreath.

Earliest With Selective Hunter One-Trigger

Serial Number 2391 (November 27, 1895), 12 gauge Pigeon submitted by Scott Janowski.

Earliest With Nonselective Hunter One-Trigger

Serial Number 138768 (October 9, 1934), 12 gauge Field Grade submitted by Bill Winter.

Earliest with Infallible Trigger

Serial Number 331978 (April 19, 1911), 12 gauge No. 0 submitted by Bryndon Steele.

Earliest Single Sighting Plane Rib

Serial Number 14724 (August 28, 1936), .410 Field Grade submitted by Tom Martin.

Earliest Ventilated Rib

Serial Number 9930 (March 6, 1925), 12 gauge Eagle Grade submitted by Gerald Basham.

Earliest Live Pigeon Gun (no safety)

Serial Number 2198 (June 19, 1896), 12 gauge Pigeon Gun submitted by Larry Ruppert.

Earliest 12 gauge 3-Position Safety

Serial Number 31886 (1890), Quality 1 submitted by Tom Garver.

Earliest 20 guage 3-Position Safety <-- NEW CATEGORY

Serial Nunber 5071 (July 12, 1907) No. O submitted by James Deemer.

Earliest Long Range (3-inch chambers)

Serial Number 55710 (March 26, 1924), 12 gauge Field Grade submitted by John Johnson.

Earliest Fully Featured (all major options) 20 gauge

Serial Number 96888 (July 30, 1927), Specialty Grade submitted by
Tom Breeden.

Earliest Fully Featured (all major options) 16 gauge

Serial Number 119591 (June 27, 1929), Specialty Grade submitted by Tom Breeden.

Earliest Fully Featured (all major options) 12 gauge

Serial Number 82527 (May 16, 1925), Specialty Grade submitted by Tom Breeden.

LATEST

Latest With Convex Ribs on the Bottom of the Frame

Serial Number 1074 (August 14, 1896), 12 gauge No. 2 submitted by
Carl Erickson.

Latest Live Pigeon shotgun (no safety)

Serial Number 131039 (June 18, 1930), 12 gauge Specialty Grade submitted by Denver Dillard.

Latest Curtis Forend Release

Serial Number 22729 (March 24, 1920), 12 gauge Ideal Grade submitted by Nikolaos Vrouvas.

Latest Schnabel Forend<-- NEW CATEGORY

Serial Number 129621 (July 22, 1930), 12 guage Skeet Special submitted by Phil Carr

Latest with Firing Pin Bushings with Brass Retaining Screws

Serial Number 210907 (March 15, 1909), 12 gauge Pigeon Gun submitted by Tom Martin.

Latest with Damascus Barrels

Serial Number 355686 (January 27, 1917), 10 gauge Ideal Grade submitted by Tom Salazer.

Latest 3-Position Safety

Serial Number 129253 (May 28, 1930), 16 gauge Field Grade submitted by Ron Cook.
Serial Number 132880 (January 1, 1931) 20 guage Field Grade submitted by Ken Bean

Latest 2-Screw Trigger Guard

Serial Number 51354 (November 24, 1922), 12 gauge Ideal Grade submitted by J. David Williamson.

Latest Factory Installed Sling Swivels

Serial Number 66003 (March 17, 1924), 12 gauge Ideal Grade Long Range submitted by John Chew.

Latest Two-Piece Top Tang

Serial Number 218500 (July 8, 1915), 12 gauge Specialty Grade submitted by Skip Dunlap.

Latest Long Range (3-inch chambers)

Serial Number 122923 (August 14, 1929), 12 gauge Field Grade submitted by Doug Kubosh.
Serial Number 134336 (March 25, 1931) 12 guage Field Grade submitted by Rocky Ferraro.

Latest Horizontally Grooved Triggers

Serial Number 6047 (June 21, 1901), 12 gauge No. 5E
submitted by Dick Miller.


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GRADES:  EARLIEST AND LATEST

EARLIEST

Earliest No. 00

Serial Number 47278 (1898), submitted by Robert Hamilton.

Earliest No. 0

Serial Number 39283 (December 17, 1895), 12 gauge
submitted by Jon Thompson.

Earliest No. 1

Serial Number 31886 (August 1890), 12 gauge
submitted by Tom Garver.

Earliest No. 2

Serial Number 30293 (February 1890), 12 gauge Damascus
submitted by Chris Caile.

Earliest No. 3

Serial Number 39753 (1895), 12 gauge
submitted by Walt Pomroy.

Earliest Pigeon Grade

Serial Number 2391 (November 27, 1895), 12 gauge
submitted by Scott Janowski.

Earliest No. 4

Serial Number 37611 (July 29, 1894), 12 gauge Damascus
submitted by Phil Carr.

Earliest No. A-1

Serial Number 537 (April 10, 1893), 12 gauge
submitted by Robert Hamilton.

Earliest No. 5

Serial Number 2126 (April 25, 1896), 16 gauge
submitted by Stan Middleton.

Earliest Monogram Grade

Serial Number 3778 (June 30, 1899), 12 gauge
submitted by Bruce Bonney.

Earliest No. A-2 First Variation

Serial Number 582 (1898), 12 gauge, submitted by Bruce Bonney.

Earliest No. A-2 Second Variation

Serial Number 2407 (February 15, 1900), 12 gauge with 32-inch Whitworth barrels submitted by Tom Breeden.

Earliest No. A-2 Fourth Variation

Serial Number 208751 (July 23, 1907), 12 gauge submitted by Jerry Lamon.

Earliest No. A-3 12 guage

Serial Number 1108 (1894), with Whitworth barrels submitted by Tom Breedon.

Earliest No. A-3 20 guage<-- NEW CATEGORY

Serial Number 5624 (September 28. 1909), with 28-inch barrels submitted by Frank Finch.

Earliest Gladiator Hammer Gun

Serial Number 179027 (February 16, 1918), 12 gauge with 30-inch barrels submitted by J. David Wiliamson.

Earliest Field Grade

Serial Number 215263 (October 31, 1912), 12 gauge submitted by Will Sanders.

Earliest Ideal Grade

Serial Number 215468 (December 6, 1912), 12 gauge submitted by Pauly Bridges.

Earliest Trap Grade

Serial Number 216016 (April 17, 1913), 12 gauge submitted by Dan Branton.
Serial Number 215070 (August 20, 1912), 12 guage submitted by Thomas Garver.

Earliest Skeet Special Grade

Serial Number 107201 (April 13, 1928, 12 gauge submitted by Tom Carrier.

Earliest Premier Skeet Grade

Serial Number 54989 (February 24, 1950), 12 gauge submitted by
Walt Pomroy.

Earliest Specialty Grade

Serial Number 214825 (May 7, 1912), 12 gauge submitted by John Liles.

Earliest Olympic Grade

Serial Number 137221 (May 27, 1932), 12 gauge submitted by Ed Matter.

Earliest Eagle Grade

Serial Number 46396 (July 26, 1922), 12 gauge submitted by
Walt Pomroy.

Serial Number 215168 (October 3, 1912), 12 guage submitted by Thomas Carver.

Earliest Crown Grade

Serial Number 7762 (July 15, 1914), 20 gauge submitted by Jon Weber.

Earliest Field Grade (Marlin 1968-71)

Serial 58525 (1968), 12 gauge submitted by Gerald Basham.

Earliest Deluxe Model (Marlin 1968-71)

Serial Number 100015 (1971), 12 gauge submitted by Jim Stubbendieck.

Earliest Eagle Grade with a Ventillated Rib

Serial Number 9903 (March 6, 1925), 12 gauge submitted by
Gerald Basham.

Earliest Single Barrel Trap (SBT) With a Compensating Rib

Serial Number 601 (April 19, 1918), Specialty Grade with pistol grip and banjo escutcheon submitted by Walt Pomroy.

Earliest Specialty Grade SBT

Serial Number 8942 (March 19, 1919), 34-inch barrel, submitted by Bruce Clumpner.

Earliest Eagle Grade SBT

Serial Number 2165 (April 7, 1919), 34-inch barrel, submitted by
Tom Breeden.

Earliest Crown Grade SBT

Serial Number 14060 (September 12, 1919), 34-inch barrel, banjo escutcheon submitted by Jesse Williams.

Earliest Monogram Grade SBT

Serial Number 13578 (June 10, 1920), 34-inch barrel submitted by
Tom Breeden.

Earliest .410

Serial Number 94755 (December 7, 1926), Field Grade submitted by Mark Young.
Serial Number 94767 (November 30, 1926), Field Grade submitted by Chris Helms.

Earliest 20 Gauge

Serial Number 5067 (September 30, 1907), No.2 submitted by
Jason Marks.

Earliest 20 Gauge with 3-inch Chambers

Serial Number 5772 (March 19,1910), 3E Grade with 30-inch barrels submitted by Jerry Lamon.

Earliest 16 Gauge

Serial Number 2126 (April 25, 1896), No. 5E submitted by
Stan Middleton.

Earliest No. 00 20 Gauge

Serial Number 1639 (November 10, 1909), submitted by Phil Carr.

Earliest No. 0 20 Gauge

Serial Number 1135 (December 18, 1907), submitted by Robert Merkel.

Earliest No. 2 20 Gauge

Serial Number 1003 (July 12, 1907), submitted by Jim Abrams.

Earliest 16 Gauge No. A-1

Serial Number 3195 (April 10, 1899), submitted by Frank Finch.

Earliest 20 Guage Fulton <--NEW CATEGORY

Serial Number 5696 (January 1, 1919), submitted by David Williamson.

Earliest 12 Guage Fulton Special <--NEW CATEGORY

Serial Number 24919 (April 15, 1920), submitted by David Williamson.

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Latest

Latest No. 00

Serial Number 215277 (December 26, 1912), 12 gauge submitted by Robert Hendricks.

Latest No. 0

Serial Number 346882 (April 1, 1914; note this was the last No. 0 made and was the only one made in 1914), 12 gauge submitted by
Vince Positano.

Latest No. 1

Serial Number 215038 (August 21, 1912), 12 gauge with fluid steel barrels submitted by Terry Olson.

Latest No. 2

Serial Number 216962(January 12, 1914), 12 gauge with Damascus steel barrels submitted by J.David Williamson.

Latest No. 3

Serial Number 214564 (March 8, 1912), 16 gauge submitted by
Dick Miller

Latest Pigeon Grade

Serial Number 214915 (June 2, 1912), 12 gauge submitted by
Bruce Bonney

Latest No. 4

Serial Number 214428 (February 6, 1912), 12 gauge submitted by
Jim Stubbendieck

Latest No. A-1

Serial Number 7249 (December 7, 1901), 12 gauge submitted by
Bruce Bonney.

Latest No. 5

Serial Number 6047 (June 21, 1901), 12 gauge submitted by Dick Miller.

Latest No. A-2

Serial Number 219170 (July 19, 1916), submitted by Phil Carr.

Latest No. A-3

Latest A-3 is waiting for someone to claim.

Latest 16 Guage Ranger <--NEW CATEGORY

Serial Number 1580 (July 30, 1937), submitted by David Williamson.

Latest Field Grade

Serial Number 56314 (January 23, 1950), .410 submitted by C.J. Schoon.

Latest Ideal Grade

Serial Number 47656 (December 14, 1949), 16 gauge submitted by
Dick Miller.

Latest Trap Grade

Serial Number 127418 (December 13, 1929), 12 gauge submitted by Gerald Basham.

Latest Trap Grade Hammergun

Serial Number 91596 (May 13, 1926), 12 gauge submitted by
Gerald Basham.

Latest Skeet Special Grade

Serial Number 107472 (April 13, 1928), 12 gauge submitted by
Dan Branton.

Serial Number 129621 (July 22, 1930), submitted by Phil Carr

Latest Premier Skeet Grade

Serial Number 54449 (May 24, 1950), 12 gauge submitted by
Gerald Basham.

Latest Specialty Grade

Serial Number 206266 (May 21, 1946), 12 gauge submitted by
Jim Stubbendieck.

Latest Eagle Grade

Serial Number 138374 (February 27, 1934), 12 gauge with swamp rib submitted by Skip Dunlap.

Latest Crown Grade

Serial Number 154577 (March 15, 1937), 20 gauge submitted by
Phil Carr.

Latest Field Grade (Marlin 1968-71)

Serial Number 59042, 12 gauge submitted by Frank Hosna.

Latest Specialty Grade SBT

Serial Number 192160 (August 5, 1941), pistol grip with rectangular escutecheon submitted by Tom Breeden.

Latest No. 00 20 Gauge with 32-Inch Barrels

Serial Number 6593 (December 12, 1912), submitted by Terry Olson.

Latest .410

Serial Number FWS 56059 (March 18, 1950), submitted by James Brown.
Serial Number 56065 (April 5, 1950), submitted by Marie Birnbaum

Latest 10 Gauge Pigeon

Serial Number 318687 (June 12, 1907), submitted by Craig Larter.

Latest Gladiator Tournament Grade <--NEW CATEGORY

Serial Number 3623 (February 19, 1919), 12 guage submitted by Thomas Garver.


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HEAVIEST AND LIGHTEST

Heaviest L.C Smith Shotgun

12 pounds 14 ounces, 8 gauge No. 2 Serial Number 91781 (1896), submitted by Jim Stubbendieck.

Lightest L.C Smith shotgun

5 pounds 11.6 ounces, 20 gauge No. 0 Serial Number 1240
(April 10, 1908), submitted by Bill May.

Lightest Regular-Weight L.C Smith shotgun

6 pounds 12 ounces, 16 gauge No. 0 Serial Number 205822 (April 16, 1906), submitted by Bill May.


ONE OF A KIND AND MISCELLANEOUS

Damascus 20 gauge

Serial Number 14788 (October 21, 1919), Field Grade submitted by Frank Finch.

Swamp Rib

Serial Number 138374 (February 27, 1934), 20 gauge Eagle Grade submitted by Skip Dunlap.

Skeet Special Grade with 25-inch Barrels

Serial Number 127942 (February 11, 1930), 12 gauge submitted by Bruce Clumpner.

Eagle Grade with 25-inch Barrels

Serial Number 73916 (September 2, 1924), 20 gauge submitted by Gerald Basham.

Dissimilar Barrels

Serial Number 882 (June 1, 1893), No. A-1 12 gauge with one fluid steel and one Damascus barrel submitted by Frank Finch.

Hybrid Barrels <--NEW CATEGORY

Serial Number 2354 (September 12, 1896). 12 guage No. 3E with fluid steel left barrel and combination Damascus and fluid steel right barrel submitted by Vance Henretty.

Hybrid Shotgun <--NEW CATEGORY

Serial Number 22484 (November 3, 1947), 12 guage Ideal Grade shipped from factory with Field Grade barrels submitted by Jerry Spinks.

Lowest Grade Made to Order

Serial Number 208717 (March 17, 1907), No. 3 12 gauge with 30-inch barrels submitted by Bill May.

10 Gauge Damascus with 3-inch Chambers Stamp (in oval)

Serial Number 212477 (June 27, 1910), No. 1 with 32-inch barrels submitted by Gerald Basham.


SYRACUSE L.C. SMITH SERIAL NUMBERS

Earliest Quality 2

Serial Number 16294, 10 gauge submitted by Mark Ouellette.

Earliest Quality 3

Serial Number 16057, 10 gauge submitted by Frank Cronin.

Earliest Quality 5

Serial Number 19208, 12 gauge submitted by Skip Dunlap.

Latest Quality 3

Serial Number 23547, 12 gauge submitted by Vince Positano.

Latest Hammerless

Serial Number 23547, 12 gauge submitted by Vince Positano.

Earliest Hammergun

Serial Number 10046, 10 gauge E, 30-inch stub twist barrels submitted by Chris Uhler.

Latest Hammergun

Serial Number 26117, 12 gauge F submitted by Frank Hosna.


BAKER - L.C. SMITH MAKER SERIAL NUMBERS

Earliest Three-Barrel Shotgun

Serial Number 860, 12 gauge over .44-40 submitted by
Jim Stubbendieck.

Earliest 10 Gauge Double Barrel Shotgun

Serial Number 8685, submitted by Russell Turner.
Serial Number 7309 submitted by Milt Fetterman

Earliest Quality C Double Barrel Shotgun

Serial Number 2126, submitted by Jim Stubbendieck.

Earliest Quality B Double Barrel Shotgun

Serial Number 8282, 10 gauge with 32-inch fine Damascus barrels, submitted by J. David Williamson.


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