Ithaca NID Field 20ga “STAR MODEL”, 88% CASE COLOR, FACTORY ORIGINAL
Most Field Grade guns from any maker are made in prolific numbers and there are plenty of Ithaca NID 20 gauge guns being offered for sale for less money than this one. However, most Field Grade guns got hard use and are found with little factory finishes remaining, and lots of undesirable alterations like cut off butt stocks, bad butt pads, cracks and repairs, pitted bores, buggered screws, pits and heavy scratches, and a host of other negative issues. It is refreshing to find a fine factory original example like this one, serial number 450700 made in 1927, intact with lots of factory finish, great modern dimensions, and ready for decades more service. The “Star Model” was produced for about 5 years and had 6 stars engraved into the receiver and trigger guard in addition to the setters engraved on the sides of the action. Weighing in at 6lbs. 3oz. and nicely balanced, this little NID will be an awesome little upland gun for its next owner and will do nicely on the Sporting Clays course as well. An affordable vintage American double in the very popular 20ga., it will always be a desirable field gun and will not loose value like a new gun does. The NID series of Ithaca doubles is the most sought after of all the Ithacas and is known to be very strong and reliable in its design.
The 28” barrels retain 98% blue, mirror bores, choked IC+/F (.012/.028, can be altered to your specs for $70 per barrel), 2 ¾” chambers, bore diameter of .617 both barrels, minimum wall thickness of 43 thousandths, no pits, scratches, or dents, extractors, barrels tight on breech face and hinge pin like a new gun, ribs tight and barrels ring true, a great set of barrels.
The action retains 88% vivid case color, very good screws, action tight with lever right of center, engraving clear, crisp double triggers, trigger guard retains 95% niter blue, cocking indicators, all in mechanical and visual excellent condition.
The wood is in excellent condition with most all of its finish remaining, excellent checkering, LOP of 14 1/16” to the factory butt plate, 2 ¾” drop at heel, 1 5/8” drop at comb, neutral cast, no splits, chips, cracks, or repairs, a very nicely dimensioned set of wood.
There are few 20ga. guns from vintage American double shotgun makers that can be had for under $2000, and most have little factory condition remaining. This diminutive Ithaca is a nice investment quality shotgun that will serve you well this upcoming bird season and bring you pride of ownership with all of its factory finishes intact. High condition original guns are becoming very hard to find and will be THE guns to have in your safe as the prices for original guns continues to climb. Tangible assets are highly recommended in this shaky market, and this one is affordable and will be fun to carry afield as well.
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