Vintage Firearms Inc


L.C. Smith Field 20 Ga – RARE 30″ BARRELS, 6 1/4LBS.


Call: 1 (616) 292-6240 To Purchase


General Specs: L.C. Smith, 1927, 20 Gauge, 6lbs. 4oz., Chokes F/F, LOP 14 1/4″, DAH 2 13/16″, DAC 1 7/16″
Serial Number:  FW94467

There were a LOT of Field Grade 20ga. Elsies made over the years, nearly 31,000 in total, so how do you know which one to buy?  Most are nice, but not special, guns.  ONLY 1,224 OF THIS 31,000 HAD 30” BARRELS, SO A VERY RARE AND DESIRABLE OPTION ON THIS GUN, WHICH MAKES IT MORE VALUABLE.  I have noticed that even on the common Featherweight frame the guns can be a bit on the heavy side, often weighing close to 6 3/4lbs. even with 26″ barrels.  Occasionally, I find one that is dynamic in hand, with lighter than usual weight, usually guns with the lower rib from the 1920’s or earlier.  Lightweight, dynamic guns are highly desirable as well.  This gun, snFW94467 made in 1927 is just such a gun.  Weighing just 6 1/4lbs. with her long, elegant 30″ barrels and full-length stock (see specifications below) this Elsie is notably dynamic in hand.  The factory case color rates about 90% (thinning), factory barrel blue and trigger guard 98%, and factory original wood retaining most all of an older refinish.  The screws are perfect, the mechanics are excellent, the barrels are tight as new on the hinge pin and breech face, ribs are tight, and the top lever is well right of center.  The wood-to-metal-fit and checkering are superb and no cracks.  This is a VFI CERTIFIED GUN, meaning we stripped the action to the smallest part, cleaned all in the Ultrasonic cleaner, scrubbed each part and inspected all for function and integrity, lubricated and reassembled.  VFI CERTIFIED guns have a 90-day mechanical warranty (a $275 service in our shop).  Most guys buying guns of this nature are shooter/collectors that will use the gun for birds and clays.   PRESENTLY IT IS DIFFICULT TO FIND 2 ½” 20GA. SHELLS.  BECAUSE OF THIS, VFI GUNSMITHS HAVE CAREFULLY MEASURED THE BARREL WALL THICKNESS AHEAD OF THE CHAMBER AND HAVE LENGTHENED THE CHAMBERS TO 2 ¾” AND EXTENDED THE FORCING CONES TO 1 ½” TAPERS SO THAT YOU CAN SHOOT MODERN 2 ¾” HEAVY FIELD LOADS THROUGH THIS GUN.  This is a $360 service in our shop.  This is a gorgeous investment quality gun set up for long range dove shooting, pigeons, late season pheasants, waterfowl, turkey…any longer-range use with its tight chokes (we can alter chokes to your specs within a few days of purchase).    These guns are going up in value as you enjoy their use, so you won’t lose money should you ever decide to sell this nice little piece.  The price is affordable, the gun is attractive and 100% functional, having already had all the service and adjustments needed by qualified gunsmiths here at VFI.  What a great way to get into the small-bore vintage double gun chase without breaking the bank.  Thanks for looking.


Barrel Length:   30″
Chokes:  .029/.030 F/F
Bores:   excellent
Bore Diameter:   .615/.615
Wall Thickness:   .034/.030
% Blue:   98% factory blue
Chambers:   2 3/4″ w/1 1/2″ cones by VFI
Ribs:   Low concave-tight
Sights:  Front brass
Action:  tight-way Right of Center
Ejectors or Extractors:  extractors
Receiver Condition:   90% factory case color; thinning
Screws:   excellent
Trigger Type:  double-crisp
Trigger Guard Color:   97% factory charcoal blue
Type:   Capped pistol grip/Splinter; nice figure for Field Grade; euro walnut
LOP:   14 1/4″
LOP To End Of Wood:   14″
DAH:   2 13/16″
DAC:   1 7/16″
Cast:   neutral
Checkering Condition:   excellent
Butt Treatment:   factory butt plate
There is a 30 day mechanical warranty on long guns. If it is a “VFI Certified” gun there is a 90 day mechanical warranty. Call or email us for more details or questions. Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc
Payment and Shipping
Payment Methods: Credit Card, Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer (Advertised price reflects 3% cash discount. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher.)
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: Collected in CO, FL, MI
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $105.00 within the continental U.S. Additional fees for HI & AK.
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes. We accept C&R licenses for shipping on C&R eligible guns.
Terms of Purchase: Check your local and state laws before purchasing. It is the buyer’s responsibility to confirm his/her right to own the firearm or any item before purchasing.
PLEASE SEE OUR OTHER FINE VINTAGE FIREARMS. View all listings and our full inventory of fine sporting and collectible arms will appear. Thanks for looking!We employ full time gunsmiths on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase. Common requests are: -stock bending to suit your particular requirements -addition of any specified butt pad to increase length of pull -alteration of chokes to suit your shooting preferences -lengthening of chambers and forcing cones -darkening stock color with penetrating stains -restoring any part of the gun including rust blue, charcoal blue, bone and charcoal case color, wood restoration and checkering recuts. If you like one our guns but it needs “tweaked”, let us know and we can quote you a time and price. Some enthusiasts like the guns “as found” and others want them “just so”. We often list guns as found and let the particular buyer choose how they want their gun to fit or look.
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