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Rumor has it that Marlin is bringing back the LC Smith. Supposedly a model for the Cowboy Action game. Sure hope it isn't a Russian import stamped LC Smith! That would be a disgrace!

Anybody else hear this rumor??
 

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From Marlin Firearms Webpage:

We are in the process of updating our site for 2005--check back with us soon for some exciting additions for 2005--including the return of L.C. Smith and a new self-loading 17 Mach 2 carbine!

Info about earlier L.C. Smith Shotguns

Grades of L.C. Smith Shotguns

Marlin Firearms Company, North Haven, Connecticut

1968 to 1971 Grades
The Marlin Firearms Company reintroduced the L.C. Smith shotgun in 1968. It was only produced until 1971, although it was listed in the 1972 and 1973 Marlin catalogs. Information from the 1968 and 1972 catalogs and from L.C. Smith Shotguns (1977) by Brophy was used for these descriptions. Frank Finch is acknowledged for furnishing his 1972 catalog for the photographs used in this presentation. The 1968 catalog said that “The original L.C. Smith was developed in 1880; it enjoyed immediate and lasting popularity. Fact is, many original ‘Elsies’ are still giving great service. Marlin acquired L.C. Smith many years ago and has studied manufacturing renewal ever since. Thanks to a manufacturing breakthrough, Marlin now re-introduces the Smith – a true and faithful presentation of the original great L.C. Smith.”

Only the Field Grade and Deluxe Model (note: model, not grade) featherweights were offered. They had the same specifications which were listed in the catalog as “12-gauge; 28” barrels, modified and full choke; full length ventilated rib serated [sic] on top with front and middle lights; double triggers; extractors raise shells for withdrawal by hand; hand-fitted American walnut stock – full pistol grip with cap – stock and forend handsomely checkered by hand; 14 x 1-1/2 – 2-1/2 stock dimensions; frame is case-hardened in deep, rich blended colors; auto top tang safety goes on when gun is opened; about 6-3/4 lbs., depending on density of wood. Same as original L.C. Smith standard Field Grade double and guaranteed for life.”



Field Grade
The Field Grade had no engraving or markings on the lock plates. The water table of the receiver was stamped “L C SMITH FIELD GRADE”. The wood was relatively straight-grained. It had a splinter forend. The rib was roll-stamped “L.C. Smith 12 Ga.” in script and the letters were filled with a gold colored material that was not permanent. The barrels had two brass bead sights. The trigger plate was stamped “THE MARLIN FIREARMS CO. NORTH HAVEN, CONN.” The Field Grade was initially priced at $300. Serial numbers started at 56,801 and ended with 59,152 indicating a total production of 2,351 shotguns. Serial number prefix was FWM.



Deluxe Model
The Deluxe Model had no engraving or markings on the lock plates. The water table was stamped “L C SMITH DELUXE MODEL”. The stocks were made from selected walnut, usually with good figure. It had a beavertail forend, and the aluminum ventilated rib was made by Simmons. The serrations on the top of the rib were different than those on the Field Grade rib. The rib was roll-stamped “L.C. Smith 12 Ga.” in script and the letters were filled with a gold colored material that was not permanent. The barrels had one white bullet-shaped sight and one white bead sight. The trigger plate was stamped “THE MARLIN FIREARMS CO. NORTH HAVEN, CONN.” The Deluxe Model was initially priced at $400. The serial number prefix was FWM. The serial number range is 100,000 to 100,188 indicating that 188 were manufactured. Additional shotguns may have been assembled from remaining parts in the 1990s.

© 2004 The L.C. Smith Collectors Association
 

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Word has it that the "new" L.C. Smiths will be manufactured in Italy. They will have both SxS and O/U models.
 

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Another rumor out is that it will be made in China. We'll just have to wait and see. Parley
 

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Some one posted that the 2005 catalog says they are made in Italy.
 
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If I buy an Italian shotgun it will be a Perrazi or a Fabbri . When I first heard they were coming back out with the L.C.Smith I was intrested , after finding out they are not made in the USA ... to heck with that idea :?
 

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I would love to have a L.C. Smith, but not "Made in Italy" or "Made in Russia" or "Made in China" or anywhere else outside the USA!

I hope someone from Marlin reads this post on a regular basis. They could really learn what shooters want. They seem to bring out lots of stuff that I sure don't want, but never seem to bring out the good stuff, which in my mind are the old models.
 

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I too have always admired Marlin for being one of the last American gun makers.I do own a 1968 model field grade and would love to have a deluxe gun.I think for the kind of money these new ones will cost they could still make a comparable gun here,but would we buy it.Are there really enough buyers to justify the cost of tooling up to built a good double.I'd sure like one but traditionally we Americans shop Walmart and shop the bargins.If it were American made I bet few would sell,not enough to cover the tooling cost.Buy having it made there,they leave that cost worry to the manufacturer.If it dont sell well they justdrop it from the line.Kind of sad what we have done to ourselves.When I was young the big deal was to buy American,now the only thing American made are some profits to the mega wealthy,and the packageing on the outside so they aren't lieing when it says made in the USA on the box.If it were made in the USA I'd find a way to buy one for sure...
 
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Accusport recently had a dealer show and a friend , who happens to also be a dealer went. He told me the new LC SMITH looked pretty bad.
 
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