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L.C. Smith 4E 12 Gauge – 95% CASE COLOR, 1 OF 438 MADE


Call: 1 (616) 292-6240 To Purchase


General Specs: L.C. Smith, Year 1904, 12 Gauge, 7lbs 10oz, Chokes F/F, LOP 13 1/2″, DAH 2 13/16″, DAC 1 11/16″
Serial Number: 202868

The Grade 4E L.C. Smith is a rare gun, with only 438 produced in 12ga., and most of the remaining guns have been abused and worn out over the last 100 years. This beautiful Elsie, sn202868 made in 1904, is a stunning gun with 95% factory case color covering the receiver (though faded, it is clearly 95% coverage) 97% factory blue on the barrels, trigger guard mostly silver/grey with blue on inside of bow, and the factory original French walnut stocks are in excellent condition.  The action, screws, and engraving remain in untouched factory condition with perfect, clean-cut engraving.  The 4E also has beaded fences filed into the frame and the top of the action is gracefully sculpted.  The end of the forend iron is also hand shaped and filed with raised beads.  The trigger guard bow has a game scene vignette with two quail in a grassy scene.  The Grade 4E L.C. Smith is a notably crafted gun.  The 30” barrels have mirror bores, F/F chokes, double ivory beads, and are tight as new on the hinge pin and breech face, top lever well right of center, with tight ribs.  The mechanics are in perfect working order with strong ejectors, crisp single selective trigger with delightful trigger pull weight.  THIS IS A VFI CERTIFIED GUN WITH A 90 DAY MECHANICAL WARRANTY.  The action and forend iron have been stripped to the smallest part, Ultrasonic cleaned to bare metal, scrubbed, inspected for integrity and function, properly lubricated and reassembled.  This is a $375 service in our shop already performed to ensure your satisfaction with this fine Elsie!  The stock dimensions are modern, and the stock is not cut as it still has the factory curve.  THE LENGTH OF PULL IS MEASURED FROM A REAR POSITION SINGLE TRIGGER.  IF THIS WAS A TWO TRIGGER GUN THE LOP WOULD MEASURE 14 3/8” FROM THE FRONT TRIGGER.  The original factory butt pad was rock hard and mushroomed, so we replaced it with the exact same Silvers pad from England, only pliable!  Collecting L.C. Smith pre-1913 guns has been my passion for over 25 years, and this is one of the most solid Grade 4E’s I have had in 10 years.  The “pre-1913” Elsies are in a class by themselves, built when the double gun world was at it very best.  Truly a high-quality shotgun.  It is a rare opportunity when one comes up for sale that has no excuses, so do not hesitate on this one!  All work to bring this 119-year-old gun back to top mechanical condition has been done and she is ready for another century of service for the new owner.  What a great investment opportunity in a gun that is the epitome of fine L.C. Smith gunmaking.  Thanks for looking!


Barrel Length:  30″
Chokes:  .037/ .042  Full/Full
Bores:  mirror
Bore Diameter:  .735/ .740
Wall Thickness:  .021/ .026
% Blue:  97% factory
Chambers:  2 3/4″
Ribs:  tight
Sights:  double ivory
Action:  tight, right of center
Ejectors or Extractors:  ejectors
Receiver Condition:  95% thinning factory
Screws:  excellent
Engraving:  clear, crisp; maybe Joseph Loy signature on bottom
Trigger Type:  Single- Select- crisp
Trigger Guard Color:  30% mostly grey
Type:  Capped pistol grip/ Splinter forend
LOP:  13 1/2″
LOP To End Of Wood:  12 9/16″
DAH:  2 13/16″
DAC:  1 11/16″
Cast:  0
Checkering Condition:  excellent
Butt Treatment:  Silvers pad


There is a 90 day mechanical warranty on this gun. Call us for full details, or to purchase #616-292-6240. If you have any questions please call or email us, at or 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 $135.00 within the continental U.S. Additional fees for HI & AK. We ship internationally with additional fees!
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes
Please see all of our fine Vintage Firearms on this website. We have many more sxs shotguns, o/u shotguns, rifles and handguns not yet listed, check back or email us for a preview. We are a Wilson Combat dealer! 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.

L.C. Smith 4E 12 Gauge - 95% CASE COLOR, 1 OF 438 MADE
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