[.]I have just purchased a 20 gauge itaca featherlight shotgun with a red pistol grip cap. Does this cap designate anything. The gun is in 90 % condition with a serial # of 371552111. Anyone care to give me a guess at age and value? I realize it is in the eye of the beholder as far as condition is concerned, but i would appreciate a educated guess.
I just picked up my Ithaca and looked it over a little closer. The red pistol grip cap has a flying duck on it. On one side of the receiver are three ducks or geese. On the other side is a dog along with two flying pheasants. It is not the aluminum model. Anyone want to give me a little more info?
I think I just discovered that my Ithaca is a 37R Featherlight takedown model with a 28" full choke barrel. It does say in the Gun Values Blue Book to add 25
% for a 20 gauge. Does that sound likely to you guys?
From what I have seen the blue book is really rather vague when it comes to the model 37. What they call the R version more than likely means a vent rib model. They might even use RV as a designation.
A mid 70s D model would have a flur de lis pattern checkering on the stock and forearm. It could have a plain or vent rib barrel. The what I'll call standard model would have the same checkering on the stock and a plain forearm with finger grooves.
I did take a few more pics to see if you can determine anything else. as far as I can tell the stock and forearm are from the same piece of wood. the checkering is quite nice as you can see. I do not know what the Fleur de"lis means, but I think both the stock and forearm have special cuttings. Just for your info I paid $300 for it. Did I get hosed or was it a good buy?
This thread caused me to haul out my wife's Ithaca Model 37. It was her father's from as far back as she can recall, is in reasonably good condition though it looks as though it might have been restocked. However, I cannot for the life of me locate a serial number on it anywhere. Where would that have normally been found?
Sorry it took so long to reply, but--i did take out the ithaca and did some clay pigeon shooting. I could not hit anything with it. My son who is a pretty good shooter tried it too with the same results(missed 65% of the clays. We then switched to a browning bps and were hitting 90-95%. Needless to say i took out a ad in the local paper and someone else is shooting it now. I don't know if the stock was not the correct length, but something was wrong for sure. No more 37s for me.