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September 19, 2018

Hunter Arms Homecoming: Trivia Q&A


FULTON, NY – Courtesy of the John Wells Pratt House Museum:

Here is a little trivia Q&A to get you up to speed on the Hunter Arms Homecoming event on August 24-25 at the John Wells Pratt House Museum.

Q. What is an anti-side lock?
A. If you said how your aunt locked her side door, you would be wrong. It is the unique locking device on the L.C. Smith guns that kept them shooting accurately.

Q. What is a lunch box special?
A. If you said your Roy Rogers lunch box, you are wrong. It was a unique gun made by the workers at the Hunter Arms plant, assembled from mismatched parts. They were common in the Fulton Area.

Q. How do you know if you have a lunch box special or an authentic gun?
A. All authentic guns have internal matching serial numbers. Lunch box specials did not because of the mismatched parts used in assembling.

Q. How do you know if your gun comes from the Hunter Arms Factory?
A. The guns have “Fulton” stamped on the barrel.

Q. What do kids and guns have in common?
A. They both get grades.

Q. What is 8, 10, 12, 16, 20 and .410?
A. Yes they are all even numbers, but they are also gauges for shotguns.

Q. What is “side-by-side” and “over and under”?
A. If you answered kids’ games, you would be wrong. They are styles of gun barrels. Both were used by guns made at the Hunter Arms factory.

Q. What do Dodge, General Motors and Chrysler have in common?
A. Yes, they are all cars, but all had top employees who owned L.C. Smith Guns.

Q. Can you name any famous people who owned an L.C. Smith shotgun?
A. Theodore Roosevelt, Humphrey Bogart, Babe Ruth, and Annie Oakley are just a few of the American icons who owned L.C. Smith guns that were manufactured at the Hunter Arms Factory in Fulton.

Q. What do the names Rich Beyer and Andy Anderson mean to you?
A. If you answered two marksmen and collectors who did much to support the L.C. Smith Association, you are absolutely correct.

Interested in learning more about L.C. Smith shotguns and the Hunter Arms Homecoming weekend?

Contact Theresa Jones at [email protected], or Les Weldin at [email protected]

You can also call the John Wells Pratt House at 315-598-4616 for more information.

Please visit us at the Pratt House at 177 S. First Street in Fulton and at the Pathfinder Fish & Game Club on Route 57 to see the action for yourself.

3 Responses “Hunter Arms Homecoming: Trivia Q&A”

  1. John and Betty Finocchiaro
    August 17, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Some very interesting and fun facts about LC Smith in your trivia article. Hunter Arms is just one more piece of Fulton history to be proud of and to share with others. Any time the Hunter folks would like to return to Fulton in a manufacturing way I am sure they would be as welcomed as their gun enthusiasts are welcomed to this wonderful “Friends of History in Fulton NY” annual event.

  2. IM Watching
    August 17, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    I vaguely remember a couple of things as a child growing up in Fulton. My father taking me down to view the closed HA Building that collapsed after a storm off of second street downtown, it pancaked.
    I remember a dog kennel down near the RR tracks and the old Burton Coal yard off Division St. in a gulley that supposedly were the hunting dogs used by the family who owned the factory. Once 481 was put in they filled the hole and the creek where they were located.

  3. Robbie Gardenier
    August 21, 2018 at 10:27 am

    My Dad Worked At Hunter Arm’s Lapping Barrels on the shoot gun’s and he also made hunter fans. which we had one but don’t know where it went

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