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Updated: 09/01/10

Ithaca Gun
REFERENCE CENTER
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    LeFever

     

    *On the eve of World War I, the management of the Ithaca Gun Company decided to develop and market a lower-priced line of shotguns. However, they did not want to degrade the price-quality image enjoyed by the long-established Ithaca Double. The strategy they chose for accomplishing both objectives was to purchase a well-known and respected gun company, discontinue its products, and introduce their lower-priced line under that firm’s name. This strategy was implemented in the early months of 1916 with the purchase of the Lefever Arms Company in Syracuse, New York. *“The Ithaca Gun Company From the Beginning” by Walter Claude Snyder
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    Mag 10

     

    *The Ithaca Mag-10 was designed by James Tollinger & introduced in 1974 at a cost of $424.95. The gun was only available with a full-choke 52-inch barrel. By 1979, a Deluxe Grade at $549.95 and a Supreme Grade at $649.95 were available. By 1985 the Supreme Grade was $1,124. A Standard Vent Rib model with tubes was a new feature that year. The Mag-10 patent rights were sold to the Remington Arms Company, Inc. in 1987 during the bankruptcy proceedings, thus terminating Ithaca Gun’s production of this popular sporting firearm.
    *“The Ithaca Gun Company From the Beginning” by Walter Claude Snyder
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    Model 37

     

    *The company released its newest creation: the Model 37 Repeater in 1937. The Model 37 was a pump action shotgun based on the Remington Model 17 pump shotgun. The Ithaca was an improvement on the former design because it emphasized simplicity of form and function. The Model 37 has remained in continuous production since its introduction. It has been produced in a bewildering number of finishes, calibers, barrel lengths, smooth bore and rifled barrel configurations, and stock and forearm configurations.
    *“The Ithaca Gun Company From the Beginning” by Walter Claude Snyder
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    Model 49 Saddlegun

     

    *This lever-action, single-shot rifle was introduced in 1961 in .22-Caliber short, long, and long rifle. A Magnum WMRF, a Presentation model, and a Deluxe Saddlegun were introduced in 1962. The Presentation model was discontinued in 1973, the Deluxe model in 1975, and all other models by 1979.
    *“The Ithaca Gun Company From the Beginning” by Walter Claude Snyder
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    Model 51 Deerslayer

     

    *Model 51 Introduced in 1970, the Model 51 was a gas-operated semi-automatic shotgun designed by the late James Tollinger. By 1971, the Model 51 was available in several 12-gauge configurations, including standard and deluxe grades, and trap and skeet grades with vent-ribbed barrels. Retail prices varied from $179.95 to $2/15.95. DeerslayerŽ and Magnum Models were introduced in 1973. Twenty-ga options were available by 1975. All Model 51 product1on was suspended in 1987.
    *“The Ithaca Gun Company From the Beginning” by Walter Claude Snyder
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    Model 66 SuperSingle

     

    *This gun was introduced in 12 gauge in 1963, in 20 gauge in 1964, and in .410 caliber in 1966. In 1967, a slug gun with rifle sights, called the Buckbuster was introduced. The Model 66 was available in other configurations, the Ithaca Supersingle, the Long Tom, the Standard Grade, the Model 66 Standard Youth Grade, and the Model 66 Vent Rib. The suggested retail price in 1976 for the Standard Grade was $69.95, and the Standard Youth Grade was $74.95. The Buckbuster was cropped from the catalogue in 1975. All of the Model 66s were discontinued by 1979.
    *“The Ithaca Gun Company From the Beginning” by Walter Claude Snyder
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    Model 72

     

    *Rimfire Rifles In 1975, Ithaca Gun imported a lever-action .22-caliber rifle made in West Germany by Erma-Werke, AG. The Model 72 SaddlegunŽ had a tubular magazine with a 15-round capacity and sold for $79.95 when introduced. A Model 72 Deluxe was introduced in 1974 and the Model 72 Magnum in 1975. By 1976 the Saddlegun was priced at $144.95, the Deluxe at $199.95 and the Magnum, whose tubular magazine held 11 rounds, at $159.95 The 1978 catalogue only lists the Saddlegun and the Magnum. The Model 72 does not appear in the 1980 catalogue, having been discontinued the year before.
    *“The Ithaca Gun Company From the Beginning” by Walter Claude Snyder
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    Single Barrel Trap
    [Flues]

     

    *In 1911, the Ithaca Gun Company introduced their first single-barrel shotgun especially designed for trapshooting. This was known around the Ithaca Plant as the Flues Model after it's designer Emil Flues. In 1922 the Flues model was discontinued when the current model was introduced. All guns of the earlier Flues model have serial numbers under 400,000. The 1922 version was designed by Frank Knickerbocker and is called the Knick model.
    *“The Ithaca Gun Company From the Beginning” by Walter Claude Snyder
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    Single Barrel Trap
    [Knick]

     

    *One of the most amazing products in the history of commercial shotgun manufacturing appeared in 1922. On February 28th of that year, Ithaca Gun Company shipped the first of a new model Single-Barrel Trap Gun, serial number 400,005, in No. 5-E grade, to Von Lengerke 8; Antoine, Chicago, Illinois. This model, known as the “Knick” (or “Nick,” as it was called at the time), remained in production, virtually unchanged, for over 60 years.
    *“The Ithaca Gun Company From the Beginning” by Walter Claude Snyder
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    SKB 100 / 200 Side by Side

     

    *IMPORTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY ITHACA GUN COMPANY
    Double-Barrel Shotguns, Side-By-Side Two new Ithaca-SKB grades were introduced in 1966; the Grade 100 priced at $151.95 arid the Grade ZOOE (ejector) at $197.95. Both grades have selective single triggers and were 12 gauge. By 1968 both guns were available in 20 gauge.
    *“The Ithaca Gun Company From the Beginning” by Walter Claude Snyder
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    SKB XL300 / XL900 Recoil Automatic

     

    *IMPORTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY ITHACA GUN COMPANY
    The Ithaca-SKB Grades 300 and 900 (Recoil Action) were introduced in 1968 and discontinued in 1973. The Grade 300 was priced at $159.91 the Grade 900 was $169.95 Both models were available in 12 and 20 gauge. The difference between the two models was essentially cosmetic. All Ithaca-SKB guns were discontinued by 1978.
    *“The Ithaca Gun Company From the Beginning” by Walter Claude Snyder
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    SKB 300 / 900 XL Gas Automatic

     

    *IMPORTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY ITHACA GUN COMPANY
    The Ithaca-SKB Grades XL300 and XL900 were introduced in 1972. Both were gas-operated guns and were available in a variety of configurations. The Grade XL900 had a larger group of options. The Grade XL300 Standard was priced at $179.95; the Grade XL900 Standard Grade was $204.95 All Ithaca-SKB guns were discontinued by 1978.
    *“The Ithaca Gun Company From the Beginning” by Walter Claude Snyder
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    SKB Century Trap

     

    *IMPORTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY ITHACA GUN COMPANY
    In 1975, an Ithaca-SKB Century Trap was introduced. It was still in the 1974 catalogue, Selling at $464.95 The 1976 Catalogue lists an Ithaca-SKB Century II at $599.95 Neither model was catalogued in 1978.
    *“The Ithaca Gun Company From the Beginning” by Walter Claude Snyder
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    SKB Over & Under

     

    *IMPORTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY ITHACA GUN COMPANY
    The Ithaca-SKB Grades 500 in Field model and 600 in Trap and Skeet models, initially in 12 Gauge, were introduced in 1966. The Grade 500 was priced at $215.95, the Grade 600 at $259.95. Both models have single selective triggers and automatic ejectors. An Ithaca-SKB Grade 700 was introduced in 1969 in Trap and Skeet configurations. As with the Ithaca-SKB side-by-sides, the remainder of the line was discontinued by 1978.
    *“The Ithaca Gun Company From the Beginning” by Walter Claude Snyder
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    Western Arms

     

    *On 1929, just eight years after the introduction of the Lefever Nitro Special, and on the eve of the Great Depression, the Ithaca Gun Company created a new corporation. the Western Arms Corporation, Ithaca, New York. The new company produced one model shotgun, the low-cost Long Range Double. With this introduction, the company then participated in the high-, middle-, and low-priced markets. The new model was well received. More than 65,000 guns were made before the model was discontinued in 1946.
    *“The Ithaca Gun Company From the Beginning” by Walter Claude Snyder



*“The Ithaca Gun Company From the Beginningby Walter Claude Snyder