Hunter Arms enthusiasts to convene for shooting event Aug. 23–25

The Friends of History in Fulton will host the third Hunter Arms Homecoming Aug. 23 through 25.

The event will feature a display of Hunter Arms memorabilia and L.C. Smith double-barrel shotguns.

A competitive three-event shoot consisting of trap, skeet and five stand will take place at Pathfinder Fish & Game Club.

Members of the L.C. Smith Collectors Association will set up displays at the Hunter Arms Gallery at the Pratt House Museum, which will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 24 and 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 25.

The public can vote for the People’s Choice Award. There will be no gun sales.

The public is encouraged to watch members of the Collectors Association use L.C. Smith side-by-side shotguns, made in Fulton at the Hunter Arms Co. Some of the guns could be 100 years old.

An evening awards banquet Aug. 24 at Tavern on the Lock in Fulton requires reservations.

Cash bar will open at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7:30 p.m. Contact Friends of History at 598-4616 or Les Weldin at 593-6848 for information. Awards from the shooting events and displays will be presented at the banquet.

The Hunter Arms Co. sat on the east side of the Oswego River north of Oneida Street. The vast majority of more than 500,000 double-barrel L.C. Smith shotguns were produced there from 1880 to 1950.

During those 70 years, Hunter Arms employed a local workforce of craftsmen whose work became known worldwide.

Most of the shotgun barrels were stamped “The Hunter Arms Co. M’F’R’s Fulton, N.Y.”

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