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Grandpa's Lefever is now mine

 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:41 pm    Post subject: Grandpa's Lefever is now mine Reply with quote

I got this gun from my late uncle who just passed last year. It was my grandfathers and my uncle and my father used it also on the farm in North Dakota. My father passed 7 years ago and was unaware of this gun. My aunt mailed it to me after my uncle passed last year. Is it worth anything. There is some sentimental value to me cause my grandfather passed before when I was only 6 years old.

serial number is 63397 and is in 4 places that I could find. Its not fancy but looks to be a real solid gun. Seems to be missing some trigger spring part (looks like a v shaped thin piece of metal) on the right side. and also on that side a piece of wood is missing near the the lever to open the gun.

Have photo's will try to post them If I can figure it out.









guess I couldnt figure it out sorry

[edited: photo link addition - ADG]
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you email them to me at:
laca@hawaii.rr.com
I will post them for you.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the Forum!

You need the right sideplate for a DS or I grade 12 ga.(?), and while it can be like looking for a needle in a haystack, there are more than one in the haystack!
Your gun is not worth more than parts at this time, but don't let that discourage you. These guns are solid, and built to last for generations, when properly maintained.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Ed,

I have the sideplate for the gun I just took it off for the photo. I believe all's it is missing is the "v shaped trigger spring thing"

I guess I need to find someone in my area that can look the gun over and get it into working condition.

If anyone knows of a good gun smith in the Pittsburgh area please let me know.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes you are missing the V spring for that right lock. This spring would correctly be called the Sear Spring. You have about three options on this spring. You can of course seek out an original from a parts gun & there are firms which deal in old original parts. Next firms shouch as Dixie Gunworks & others carry many V springs of assorted sizes in stock, one of which you may be able to use with a little fitting perhaps. Finally you can have a gunsmith make one from scratch from spring stock. Due to the work involved this would of course be the most expensive, but even so would be worth it to put your grandfather's gun back in operation.
A good woodworker, & perhaps you are one, could find the best possible color match to the stock & bond in a replacement for that missing chip of wood.
So fortunate to have a gun of this quality as a family heirloom.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you 2-piper,

I am very knew to world of double guns, I have actually never even seen a side x side before this arrived. or a firearm this old. I have several semi auto pistols and some modern rifles. But I am very interested in restoring this gun and then seeing if I can hit anything with it and not break my shoulder in the process. I only fired a 12ga once and it put me on my backside when I was about 10. So I might be alittle apprehensive.

I will look for a Sear spring thanks for the info.

Does anyone out there know the approx. date of mfg. of this gun?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was manufactured about 1910. However, note that a lot of Lefevers were made out of sequence. The date of the frame is probably accurate, but when it left the factory could have been some time after that.

None of my Lefevers give me any problem with a kick (I haven't shotten an 8 g) even in a 25 round of trap. When you get the sping fixed make sure the barrels are checked out for safety purposes.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone have any thoughts on what the value of this gun would be. I would like to have it added to my home owners policy in case of fire/theft.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably no need. In very good shape it could be easily bought for $750. In it's current condition I would guess less than half that. The value is sentimental.

Having said that, these Lefevers represent ridiculously good value. The pictures are dark but it looks to me like there might be unusally attractive wood lurking there.

There's a very serious doublegun smith in PA, Dewey Vicknair, you may want to talk to just to weigh possility and cost.
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