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I have a collector Friend with a problem, and questions in need of an answer from an expect gunsmith; which disqualifies me. My friend is presently engaged in the restoration of a very high grade LC Smith; a special order gun recorded in the ledgers and grade stamped on the frame as an A-1 grade, but with engraving and features much higher than A-1. This gun will require a new stock, but also has a few other issues beginning with a crack on each side of the rear portion of the lug cut in the bottom of the frame. I'm assuming these areas could be welded up and the engraving repaired, and am thinking doing so would require annealing and re-hardening the frame; but my friend does not want the frame re-hardened as new case colors never look appropriate on an vintage gun. So my first question is this; can this area be micro welded and engraving repaired without the frame being re-hardened and still maintain the correct appearance? If so, who should do the work?
My final question, since I can't seem to post pics here, is will someone be kind enough to post pics so that the issue can be viewed and assessed?
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Picture posting here hasn't been updated in 19 years...but here's how...

https://www.doublegunshop.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=6339#Post6339


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Thanks Rob, but I'm too stupid to get thru the process. I'd prefer someone send an email to tomarcher@charter.net; I'll respond with pics attached and the hopes that they'll then be posted here.

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No, you're not.

Like a lot of guys around here, guys who can disassemble an AD boxlock with one eye closed, you don't want to do it if you can get someone else to do it for you.

Take the 10 minutes to learn, it swill open up a whole new world for you.


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Here are the pictures Tom emailed me --

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Many thanks David. The first two pics illustrate the quality and extent of the engraving on this A-1 Grade Smith gun, while the last pic illustrates the issue with the cracks behind the barrel lug. So......is there any way to address this problem w/o annealing and re-hardening the frame; and thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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Send those pics to these guys:

https://www.microprecisionwelding.com/gun-repair

Laser welding will not affect the heat treatment of the frame.

What a gun!

Also best to find out why that happened before it's repaired.

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That is a gorgeous LC...


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Is there more than one high grade shotgun with those specific cracks in circulation?
I seem to recall seeing them previously.

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My first question would be why did the cracks develop. I would think the cracks could be welded and the engraving picked up but the color of the area will be different.

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