Lefever FE Grade 12 Gauge – EJECTORS, JOSEPH LOY ENGRAVED, NICE!
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Lefever FE Grade 12 Gauge – EJECTORS, JOSEPH LOY ENGRAVED, NICE!

$2,450.00
Ex Tax: $2,450.00
Brand: Lefever
Product Code: Lefever FE 12ga sn38346

Overview

General Specs: Lefever, Year 1901, 12 Gauge, 7lbs 8oz, Chokes IC/IM, LOP 14 1/8", DAH 2 5/8", DAC 1 9/16" Serial Number: 38346 Lefever Arms Co. of Syracuse, N.Y. produced innovative shotguns, some of the best of the Am...

Call: 1 (616) 292-6240 To Purchase

General Specs: Lefever, Year 1901, 12 Gauge, 7lbs 8oz, Chokes IC/IM, LOP 14 1/8", DAH 2 5/8", DAC 1 9/16"
Serial Number: 38346

Lefever Arms Co. of Syracuse, N.Y. produced innovative shotguns, some of the best of the American trade, from the 1880’s until the sale of the company to Ithaca Gun Co. in 1916.  Ithaca assembled a few more Lefever patent shotguns through 1919 and then there were no more.  The most unusual variation is the “ball and socket” joint that mates the barrels to the frame.  Most all other gun makers utilized the more familiar hinge pin in the action and the hook on the barrels to achieve joining of barrels to action.  The ball and socket joint allows the user of the gun, through the simple turning of a large screw, to tighten the barrels to the standing breech of the gun should the gun ever develop any “looseness”.  It is brilliant and simple.  This fine Lefever FE Grade, sn38346 built in 1901, is in splendid factory original condition, unaltered over its 118 years of existence, still retaining 65% bold case colors on the action and about 85% Damascus pattern on the barrels.  The F Grade is the first in the Lefever line up to be adorned with game scene engraving, and this gun shows the talent of the master engraver Joseph Loy.  The scroll work is superb, and the game birds are delicately detailed and realistic.  The action is mechanically excellent, with perfect screws, and the barrels are tight as new on the ball joint and breech face. The 30” Damascus barrels are in superb condition, with no dents or dings, excellent shiny bores with only a few very light frost marks,  tight ribs, choked IC/IM, and a minimum barrel wall thickness of 36 thousandths on both barrels.  These are excellent barrels safe to shoot modern loads to 1 1/8 ounce and around 1250 fps.  There are none better than the RST shells we use, as they pattern beautifully and are loaded to low pressures for shooting vintage shotguns (RSTSHELLS.COM).  We regularly hunt and shoot vintage clays with healthy Damascus guns and we do not hesitate to recommend them for avid shooters, but not with heavy field loads.  The English walnut stock is nicely figured, original to the gun, and has great modern shooting dimensions of 14 1/8” x 2 5/8” x 1 9/16” to the original butt plate, and no cracks or repairs.  The gun is choked as the perfect upland gun for pheasants and other quarry.  With RST Spreader loads and their normal loads it is extremely versatile for close work and long birds.  At 7 1/2lbs. and balanced perfectly 3/16” ahead of the ball joint, she is as lively as she is lovely.  This is a very attractive Lefever for a very affordable price.  Very few F Grades were produced with ejectors as this one has, and this gun has that perfect aged look that purists really enjoy.  We priced her to sell, so don’t miss out on this fine gun.  Thanks for looking!


Barrels

Barrel Length:  30" damascus
Chokes:  .007/.025  IC/IM 
Bores:  shiny
Bore Diameter:  .746/.746
Wall Thickness:  .037/.036
% Blue: 70% damascus pattern
Chambers:  2 3/4"
Ribs:  tight
Sights:  single

Action

Action:  tight
Ejectors or Extractors:  ejectors, timed
Case Color:  65% faded factory
Screws:  perfect
Engraving:  sharp; Joseph Loy engraved
Trigger Type:  double, crisp
Trigger Guard Color:  30% case color; patina

Stock

Type:  capped pistol grip/splinter forend
LOP:  14 1/8"
LOP To End Of Wood:  13 5/8
DAH:  2 5/8"
DAC:  1 9/16"
Cast:  0
Checkering Condition:  excellent, plus
Butt Treatment:  factory butt plate



Other

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 $45.00 We ship internationally!
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes

Other

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.