Weight: 6½ lb. (20 gauge) Barrel Length: 26, 28 in. Gauge: 12, 20 Cost: $1,800 At first I was put off by Marlin's nerve at sticking the grand old L. C. Smith name on an Italian boxlock made by Fausti Stefano. However, taken on its own merits, the new "Smith" is all right. It has case-colored, unadorned side plates and a fleur-de-lis checkering pattern. The fit and finish are good; my only quibble with its appearance is the mud-brown wood, covered by an uninspired polyurethane finish. Nevertheless, when I handed it around at the gun club, one of the regulars said, "Nice gun. What's it sell for, $3,000?" That's high praise for an $1,800 shotgun.