• Rifle Regiment arriving at Belle Point, 1817. Artwork by Michael Haynes

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

Smith Shotgun

L.C. Smith Shotgun
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L.C. Smith Shotgun

Gauge: 12

This double-barreled shotgun is made by L. C. Smith Company. This one is stamped Wells and Fargo & Co. These types of shotguns were common with lawmen in the old west as it did not require much aiming and had a lot of power. It was intended to shoot a metallic round that held several small lead balls. To create a larger pattern with the lead balls the barrels were cut short as in this example. Its range was limited but deadly.

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