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My uncle was at a garage sale, saw this, and thought I would like it. He was right, but I need some help with identifying what I have, and where to pick up a stock and some other parts.

It looks like it should function just fine. It is missing a firing pin, and action screws... possibly some other bits, but I haven't dug that far into it yet.

Serial number is in the 355,3XX range, so it should be a 12 gauge made in 1917.
 

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You have inherited one heck of a project. You may look for a while for missing parts. Check out Boyd's for wood. If they don't have it, you are in for a very challenging wood carving project. Side lock shotguns are the most difficult to restock correctly.
 

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Looks an awful lot like the New Haven Arms double barrel recently given to me. I have since removed almost all the surface rust and am still trying to discover a model number and possible date of manufacture. The patent in front of the trigger guard is dated 1884!
 

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Try checking, emailing these websites for parts:

http://www.gunpartscorp.com/catalog/Products.aspx?catid=287

http://www.hoosiergunworks.com/index.html

http://www.jackfirstgun.com/index.php

http://www.poppertsgunparts.com/

and also: http://www.lcsmith.org/

The weak point in LC Smiths, as in any sidelock, is the stock inletting. The little "ears" in the front between the tang and sideplates always crack. If you buy a stock make sure you cut the inletting out a little at an angle toward the outside to allow for the shrinkage that cracks them off. Because of their fragility I'd consider a brass rod reinforcement in them but the purists probably have already put up a stake and are piling up the firewood because I wrote this.
 

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just had one 1919 restored- could "have" use some of those parts, screws, forearm latch and spring.
i have a friend that stocks and restores, checkers blues that type and other shot guns.
pm me i believe is the term, sorry <><dk

my friend past last year he could have helped us!
 

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A reminder for everyone, offers to buy or sell guns or parts belong in the trader or send a PM. We don't buy sell or trade in a discussion forum and we don't hold discussions in the trader. Them's the rules.
 

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Hi there..I am new here and would like to add hat I just picked my first LC Smith SXS this week. It is and old Rabbit ear 16 gauge. The number on it puts it made in 1905. Someone told me that there were few 16's made back then with the hammers. Is that correct?
 

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