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Hi All. I'm trying to ID a Lefever and only have a couple of pics to go by. It's a hammerless 12 ***** with damascus barrels. On the sideplates it has Lefever Arms Co. stamped. On the tang there are the following numbers. 80 85 86 87. Can anyone help me with this mystery? Thanks in advance!
 

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Look at the action flats (where the barrels sit when gun is closed). Lefevers usually have the grade marked on those flats. If you can't get pictures of the action flats with the barrels removed then I am not sure how you would proceed except by being very knowledgeable on the engraving patterns used. If the gun has extraordinary engraving it is going to be a higher graded gun such as a C grade or above.

Below is a resource that list the Lefever grades. If you end up owning a Lefever, you should consider joining the Lefever Arms Collectors Association. They have a great newsletter and a wealth of information.

If it has ejectors then an I is added to the grade. For example an E grade with ejectors becomes an EI grade. Good luck.

https://www.lefevercollectors.com/resou ... er-grades/
 

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Vette Jockey2 said:
oyeme said:
If it has ejectors then an I is added to the grade. For example an E grade with ejectors becomes an EI grade. Good luck.

https://www.lefevercollectors.com/resou ... er-grades/
Are you sure about that? My friends who are Lefever aficionados say "E" is an indicator of having ejectors. i.e. if it has FE on the action flats, it is an F grade with ejectors.
You are right! I was having a spelling brain cramp. E is for ejectors; of course! Thank you for correcting my obvious error.
 
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