Skip to main content Skip to main content

Marlin Introduces A New "Old Classic"

Marlin Introduces A New "Old Classic"

Gunning Bobwhites And Chukars With The New L.C. Smith

Marlin's new L.C. Smith double-barrels are quick-pointing, easy-handling bird guns.

Among many wingshooters the name L.C. Smith brings to mind the image of a classic double-barrel and plenty of corresponding upland hunting scenes--a gunner walking in on his English setter's point in the October grouse woods, for example, or a brace of quivering pointers locked down tight on a covey along a field edge in the Deep South.

L.C. Smith double-barrels have long been venerated as bird guns carried by discerning American sportsmen, and deservedly so. However, an original "Elsie" can significantly lighten a shooter's wallet these days, so the introduction of a new series of affordable L.C. Smith shotguns by Marlin Firearms (which now owns the L.C. Smith name) is certainly worth noting.

Four new double-barrels bearing the L.C. Smith designation--two side-by-sides and two over/unders, each in 12 and 20 gauges--will be available from Marlin in the first quarter of 2005. I recently had the opportunity to try out these guns on bobwhites and chukars at the Pierce Ranch (Karankawa Plains Outftting Company,; 979/578-0100) near Houston, Texas, and I'd have to concur with the prediction made by one of my shooting partners: "They're going to sell a heckuva lot of these." The L.C. Smith doubles are, quite simply, quick-pointing, easy-handling bird guns--ideal for taking afield, in other words.

Marlin's four L.C. Smith shotguns feature checkered walnut pistol grip stocks with fluted combs, recoil pads and bead front sights. All four come with three choke tubes (improved cylinder, modified and full), selective single triggers and selective automatic ejectors. A safety lock is also included with each purchase.

Specifics are as follows: The 12-gauge side-by-side (Model LC12-DB) weighs approximately 61?4 pounds with a 26-inch barrel and an overall length of 43 inches. The 20-gauge side-by-side (Model LC20-DB) weighs six pounds and is also 43 inches long with a 26-inch barrel.

The 12-gauge over/under (Model LC12-OU) weighs approximately 71?4 pounds and has a 28-inch, ventilated rib barrel and an overall length of 45 inches. The 20-gauge (Model LC20-OU) weighs 63?4 pounds with a 26-inch ventilated rib barrel and an overall length of 43 inches.

For more information contact: Marlin Firearms, Dept. GD, 100 Kenna Dr. P.O. Box 248, North Haven, CT 06473-0905; (203) 239-5621;

To Continue Reading

Go Premium Today.

Get everything Gun Dog has to offer. What's Included

  • Receive (6) 120-page magazines filled with the best dog training advice from expert trainers

  • Exclusive bird dog training videos presented by Gun Dog experts.

  • Complete access to a library of digital back issues spanning years of Gun Dog magazine.

  • Unique editorial written exclusively for premium members.

  • Ad-free experience at

Subscribe Now

Already a subscriber? Sign In or start your online account

Get the Newletter Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Gun Dog articles delivered right to your inbox.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Gun Dog subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now