10 Greatest USA Made Shotguns Ever – Day #3

bestshotgun_03L.C. Smith Field Grade
Lyman C. Smith sold his gun company to Hunter Arms to chase a newfangled gadget called the typewriter. Hunter Arms then produced many thousands of the only sidelock-­style shotgun made in America until Anthony Galazan began making them in the 1990s. The “Elsie” became the favorite of bird hunters, who loved its lithe feel and balance. Like its competitors, Smiths came in many grades and versions, including a Long Range model to compete with the Super Fox. Smiths enjoyed a short-lived rebirth when Marlin, which bought ­L. C. Smith in 1945, made a small run of Elsies between 1968 and 1971. ($1,500, Field Grade)

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