L.C. Smith Crown 12 Gauge – PROVENANCE, VENT RIB
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L.C. Smith Crown 12 Gauge – PROVENANCE, VENT RIB

Ex Tax: $10,450.00
Product Code: LC Smith 12ga sn161491


General Specs: L.C. Smith, Year 1937, 12 Gauge, 7lbs 14oz, Chokes F/F, LOP 14", DAH 1 3/4", DAC 1 3/8" Serial Number: 161491 The Crown Grade Elsie; one of the finest, most elegant American doubles ever produced.  The Cr...

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General Specs: L.C. Smith, Year 1937, 12 Gauge, 7lbs 14oz, Chokes F/F, LOP 14", DAH 1 3/4", DAC 1 3/8"
Serial Number: 161491

The Crown Grade Elsie; one of the finest, most elegant American doubles ever produced.  The Crown Grade was certainly a special, “MADE TO ORDER” shotgun, with only 800 or so made in all gauges, and only 639 made in 12 gauge.  If you consider loss and damage, there are likely less than 550 Crown Grade 12’s left on the planet, and only ONE LIKE THIS ONE.  What a find we have here in this 1937 vintage Elsie, sn161491, with its highly figured walnut stock, elaborately engraved with rose and scroll background and fine, deeply chiseled bird dogs on either side.  The L.C. Smith Gun Collectors Association letter that accompanies the purchase of the gun states clearly that the gun was shipped to Joe Heistand in December of 1937.  Heistand is a Trap Shooters Hall of Famer and still holds the record for the most Grand American Championship wins in the history of the event.  He won High Overall in 1938, possibly shooting this L.C. Smith…THAT IS SERIOUS PROVENANCE!  See the attached history of his shooting accomplishments.  The L.C. Smith was the only commercially successful sidelock gun from the glory days of the vintage American double.  What a canvas to lay down your art as an engraver, and what a functional, strong, simple action was created in the venerable “Elsie”.  This gun is in excellent condition, with mirror bores, excellent factory original checkering and wood finish, nice case color, 99% factory blue on the 30” F/F ventilated rib barrels that are tight as new on breech face and hinge pin, top lever right of center, excellent screws, properly functioning single selective trigger, and scarce “flat style” beavertail forend (most were the Schnabel style) made with high shooting dimensions.  The wood figure on this gun is standout.  Even the jeweling on the barrel flats is still strong, indicating little use.  Nicely balanced, weighing 7lbs. 14oz. on the "regular" weight frame with a reinforced forend lug, no cracks or chips in the wood, it would be a great clays or heavy upland gun.  It is not often you will have a chance to own a fine L.C. Smith that is documented as belonging to the most accomplished champion in the history of the American Trap Shooters Association!  See the specifications below.  A true collectible, investment quality firearm that will continue to rise in value as you enjoy its use. 

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Barrel Length:  30"
Chokes:  .036/.036  F/F
Bores:  mirror
Bore Diameter:  .726/.726
Wall Thickness:  .035/.030
% Blue:  99% factory
Chambers:  2 3/4"
Ribs:  vent rib - tight
Sights:  ivory front/white mid


Action:  tight - Slight Right of center
Ejectors or Extractors:  ejectors, good
Case Color:  60% coverage, factory, faint
Screws:  perfect
Engraving:  sharp, clear
Trigger Type:  single selective trigger
Trigger Guard Color:  98% factory


Type:  Capped Pistol Grip/Beavertail forend
LOP:  14"
LOP To End Of Wood:  13 1/4"
DAH:  1 3/4"
DAC:  1 3/8"
Cast:  3/16" off
Checkering Condition:  superb
Butt Treatment:  Red Silvers pad


There are more photos upon request. There is a 30 day mechanical warranty on this gun. Call us for full details. Please see all of our fine Vintage Firearms on this website. We have many more sxs shotguns for sale and soon to be listed, check back or email us for a preview. Thanks for looking!

Payment and Shipping

Payment Methods: Credit Card, Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer (Advertised price represents the 3% cash discount price. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher cost)
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: 6% Michigan Only
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $95.00 We ship internationally!
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes


Call to purchase #616-292-6240.  If you have any questions please call or email us, at jay@vfiguns.com or sales@vfiguns.com. Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc

We employ a full time gunsmith 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.