Like most boys my age in the early 1950’s, my first gun was a single-shot .410. It didn’t take very long for me to find out it wasn’t much good on flying targets or even running rabbits for that matter. My only source of income was a paper route, so funds were pretty scarce. A new Model 870 or a Model 12 was just a dream.
Two 1894 Remingtons. The upper gun is the 12 gauge. The 1894 Remington side-by-side shotguns were made in grades A through E, and the top grades were equal to any guns made in America for strength and beauty.
Three fine examples of American Doubles in 12 gauge: Parker (top), 1894 Remington (center) and a lovely L.C. Smith.
A trio of American Doubles in 16 gauge: L.C. Smith (top), Lefever (center) and 1894 Remington. The L.C. Smith’s sideplated action requires delicate inletting of the stock and, therefore, made the stocks susceptible to breakage if abused in handling.
L.C. Smith shotguns. The top gun is a field grade in 16 gauge that has been restocked, circa 1942. The lower gun is a Grade 3 12 gauge made in 1896.