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Thernlund

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Price check: Ithaca Model 37
« on: January 05, 2012, 03:51:44 PM »
I have a friend asking about two shotguns.  Both are Ithaca Model 37 Featherlight 12ga shotguns.  One has a 1973 date of manufacture, the other, 1985.

I haven't personally seen these guns.  I'm told they are in fair to good condition.

I'm not sure if the query is for buying or for selling purposes.  But I'm not sure that matters much.

Comments on price/value?  Other remarks?


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Re: Price check: Ithaca Model 37
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2012, 02:42:49 AM »
Ithaca made some fine guns.  The featherlight was pretty popular back in the day and they are still good guns if they aren't beat up or worn out.  Basic field grade guns seem to run from about $350 - $650 form the online stuff I've seen.  Price is dependent on features and condition with a slight premium for the deerslayer model or 16 guage.  Vent rib guns are also bringing a slight premium. 

You actually see very few of them for sale here in Phoenix whether in gunshops or shows. 
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Re: Price check: Ithaca Model 37
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2012, 11:19:03 AM »
I've seen Ithaca's normally run in the $400-$500 range, depending on the gauge, barrel length, finish, etc. But from what I've heard, the older model would be the one to buy. I've heard that when the company went through hard times in the mid-late '70s, quality went down the toilet and the company was pretty much run into the ground. Now that the company has been relocated in the mid-west, the new owners are bringing back the quality standards Ithacas were known for.
Avoid the '80s model, and go for the early '70s model.


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