The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > The Harley Nolden Memorial Institute for Firearms Research

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old October 9, 2000, 10:17 PM   #1
Alex Johnson
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 16, 2000
Location: Grand Forks, ND
Posts: 805
I was at my local gunshop yesterday looking at a nice condition LC Smith 12 guage on the rack. It has damascus barrels but they have a funny sort of pattern on them. They almost resemble fish scales and are not the usual fingerprint, or plain twist pattern that I'm used to seeing. Does anyone recall seeing anything like this on other LC Smith shotguns?
Alex Johnson is offline  
Old October 10, 2000, 05:39 AM   #2
Dave McC
Staff In Memoriam
 
Join Date: October 13, 1999
Location: Columbia, Md, USA
Posts: 8,812
Twist patterns are myriad, one old Colt double I saw in a magazine had the Colt signature repeated in the metal all the way up the bbls. That's masterful metalworking.

There's not a twist bbl in the world I'd shoot now, while they were sufficent when new, time weakens them badly.
Dave McC is offline  
Old October 10, 2000, 12:38 PM   #3
James K
Staff
 
Join Date: March 17, 1999
Posts: 19,482
The so-called "laminated" barrels sometimes looked like that, but I didn't think L.C. Smith used them, as they always advertised "finest English twist", and the guns I have seen had twist barrels.

Laminated was a cheaper production method in which strips of iron and steel were welded together around a mandrel. The difference was that Damascus bars were twisted, then flattened and wrapped around the mandrel, while laminated pieces were heated and welded together while only partially bent around the mandrel.

Later, L.C. Smith used solid steel barrels patterned to look like Damascus, which was still considered the mark of the best guns.

An expert can tell the difference in the type of barrel.

I agree that I would not shoot a gun with any kind of Damascus, "twist", or "laminated" barrels. The chances of injury are simply too great. Not strong at best, the effects of time and corrosion have usually weakened the barrels still more.

Jim
James K is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:14 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.06191 seconds with 7 queries