The following information was taken from William S. Brophy’s L.C.
Smith Shotguns (1977). Additions and corrections to the
information are welcomed.
W.H. Baker Company
1877 W.H. Baker and Company started making
the Baker Three-Barrel Gun in Lisle, NY.
1879 W.H. Baker forms a partnership with
L.H. Smith and L.C. Smith and manufactures the
Baker Three-Barrel Gun in Syracuse, NY.
1880 W.H. Baker and L.H. Smith leave the
company and Lyman Cornelius Smith (1850-1910)
takes over the company.
L.C. Smith, Maker of the Baker Gun
1881 An advertisement listed the product
as “The Baker Guns, L.C. Smith Maker, Syracuse, N.Y.”
1884 Began manufacture of L.C. Smith double
barrel hammer guns in qualities F ($55),
D ($95), C ($125), B ($150), A ($200), and AA ($300).
1886 L.C. Smith hammerless guns were introduced
in Qualities 2 ($80) through 7 ($450).
1888 Manufacture of the Baker Three-Barrel
guns ceased. L.C. Smith sold the company to
John Hunter, Sr., Fulton, NY and founded the L.C. Smith and Brothers
1889 Hunter Arms Company completed a factory
in Fulton, NY to build the L.C. Smith gun.
1892 Automatic ejectors were available.
Qualities 1 through 5 and Grades Monogram, A1,
A2, and A3 were offered.
1895 The Pigeon Grade ($125), No.1 Grade
($60), and No. 0 Grade ($42) were added.
1898 The No. 00 Grade was added.
1904 The Hunter One-Trigger was available.
1908 Featherweight guns were offered.
1913 Names, grades, and engraving patterns
were changed to Field, Ideal, Trap, Specialty, Eagle,
Crown, Monogram, Premier, and De Luxe.
1917 Ownership of the company changed to
a group of Fulton citizens. A One-Barrel Trap gun was
1920 The Hunter Arms Company was purchased
by Gifford K., A.T., and H.K. Simonds of Fitchburg,
1924 The Long-Range Wild Fowl gun was introduced.
1929 The Skeet Grade was offered.
L.C. Smith Gun Company
1945 The company was purchased by Marlin
Firearms Company, North Haven, CT. The L.C.
Smith Gun Company was organized as a subsidiary company to
continue production of the L.C.
1949 A section of the first floor of the
factory in Fulton collapsed causing nearly complete suspension
1950 The factory was closed.
Marlin Firearms Company
1969 The Marlin Firearms Company began
limited production of 12 gauge Field Grade shotguns.
1971 Production ceased after production
of about 2,351 Field Grade and 188 De Luxe Grade shotguns.
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