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Hello, John -
If you have not yet discovered the L. C. Smith Collectors Association web site, then this is the link to the association home page:
Reading the association's article here may prove instructive about your shotgun:
On the association home page, in the left side bar, scroll down to the link for Shotguns. Through that link you will find a link for Year of Manufacture. Click or tap on that link.
On the web page for Year of Manufacture, near the bottom, you will find this sentence:
To obtain all of the existing information about your shotgun, the Research Division of the L.C. Smith Collectors Association can search the factory production records and can provide this information in a letter.
There is a charge for such research, however.
Posted on Mar 19, 2018
In general, a 1950s Sweet Sixteen is a valuable gun. Measure the distance from the trigger
to the end of the **** stock to get the "legnth of pull" (LOP). this
was 14 1/14 " when it left the factory. If it is shorter, the value
will be less.
Without seeing it, although many have been altered which would bring a price $350 - $450 area.
This guide might help if you can determine the condition : OS is 1958.
AUTO-5 SWEET 16
- 16 ga., 2 9/16 in. chamber from 1937-1940, and 2 3/4 in. chamber from 1947-1975, similar configuration to Lightweight, 12 and 20 ga., gold plated trigger, 10 oz. lighter than Standardweight Model 16 ga., 1937-1940 mfg. Sweet Sixteens were available in pre-war Grades I, III, and IV. Mfg. 1937-1975 by F.N.
Grading ...............98% ....95% ....90% ........80% ........70%
Plain Barrel .......$950 ...$825 .......$725...... $625 .......$500
Solid Matte Rib $1,300 .$1,075 ....$950 .......$825 .......$700
Vent. Rib .........$2,100 .$1,650 .....$1,225 ...$1,050 ....$875
Subtract 20% for front safety.
Subtract 20% for 2 9/16 in. chamber.
Posted on Jun 25, 2010
It should be stamped on the barrel. If not, please take it to a gunsmith. He should be able to tell you what lenght of shell can be safely fired from the gun.
Posted on Nov 09, 2014
It was built on the 1890 Hopkins and Allen patent and is very similar to several dozens of inexpensive single shot shotguns.
Posted on Dec 03, 2014
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