Gun Report

Marlin L.C. Smith Side-by-Side 20 Gauge

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in our view, this gun needs work before we’d want to own it. in particular, functioning problems with the latch, heavy triggers and poor patterning performance were our chief concerns.

Marlin L.C. Smith Side-by-Side 20 Gauge

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Action Type
Chamber Length
Choke Tubes
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Stock Material
Length of Pull
Drop at Comb
Drop at Heel

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The beavertail forearm provided a little more protection than the Smith & Wesson from hot barrels after heavy shooting action, but was a little plain for our taste. The release at the end of the forearm worked well.
Not quite as attractive as the Smith & Wesson, the case hardening just did not stand out. The false side plates are a nice touch.
The basic user-gun style of plain wood stock with a pistol grip and machine checkering, we were just not impressed with the appearance of this double barrel. There were no handling problems and recoil was not overly excessive.
We had multiple problems with the lever failing to return to the closed position. We had to push the lever into place about every third time. a trip to the gunsmith would be recommended to correct this malfunction.

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