Dating ithaca shotguns

Use[ edit ] Combination guns have a long history in Europe, Africa, and Asia, dating back to the early days of cartridge firearms. These guns are almost exclusively hunting arms. The advantage of having a single firearm that can fire both, cartridges designed for rifled and smoothbore barrels, is that a single gun can be used to hunt a very wide variety of game , from deer to game birds, and the shooter can choose the barrel appropriate for the target in seconds.

As a result, they are popular with gamekeepers who often need the flexibility of the combination gun during their duties. Firing mechanisms[ edit ] The earliest combination guns were called swivel guns not to be confused with the more widely known small cannon , which used a set of barrels designed to rotate to allow either the rifled or smoothbore barrel to line up with a flintlock mechanism.

Combination guns generally have a selector that allows the user to choose which barrel will fire. Drillings with two shotgun barrels and one rifle barrel may have two triggers, one for each shotgun barrel, and a selector that will allow one trigger to fire the rifle barrel. Four-barrel versions known as Vierlings generally have two triggers, and selectors to switch each between shotgun and rifle.

Iron sights are commonly used for aiming the rifle, and the front sight alone is sufficient to point the shotgun. Scope mounts are available, sometimes with a cutout for aiming the shotgun barrels. However, the thinness of the smoothbore barrels that are usually on top make the scope mounting awkward. Cape guns[ edit ] A cape gun is a side-by-side version of a combination gun, and is typically European in origin. These were at one time popular in southern Africa where a wide variety of game could be encountered.

British versions are commonly chambered for the. German and Austrian cape guns have the rifled barrel on the right side, which is fired by the front trigger. The front trigger is usually a set trigger as well. The German and Austrian versions are commonly chambered in 9. Common drilling barrel arrangement side-by-side shotgun barrels over a rifle barrel Scoped Drilling with a shotgun, center-fire rifle and rim-fire rifle barrels.

Drillings normally consists of two matching smoothbore barrels and a rifled barrel German: Normaldrilling, common drilling , but may cover a much broader range of shapes and configurations: The most common layout was a side-by-side shotgun with a centerfire rifled barrel centered on the bottom. A similar arrangement of a side-by-side shotgun with a rifled barrel centered on top, generally a.

Rarer were the drillings that used two rifled barrels and a single smoothbore barrel. These were harder to make, since, like a double rifle, the rifled barrels must be very carefully regulated, that is, aligned during manufacture to shoot to the same point of aim at a given distance.

If the rifled barrels were the same caliber, then the three barrels were generally arranged in a triangle, both rifled barrels on top, or one rifled and the smoothbore barrel on top this being known as a cross-eyed drilling.

The triple barrel shotgun is generally laid out like a side-by-side shotgun, with the third barrel centered and below the other two. The barrels are all the same gauge. An unusual but notable drilling is the TP , or space gun, is a short-barreled drilling pistol consisting of two It was developed by the Soviet Union as a survival gun for their space program, and was in use from to , when it was retired due to the fact that the unique ammunition it uses had degraded too far to be reliable.

Vierlings[ edit ] Vierlings generally consist of two matching smoothbore barrels, a. Although, they can come in a variety of configurations. Vierlings are quite rare and are almost always custom made for the high-end commercial market.

One example was the four barreled Lancaster carbine , originally designed for the Maharajah of Rewa for hunting tigers.

Jan 14,  · Found this thread on another web site. There are 17 pages of people talking about serial numbers and dates of mfg. Might be able to find something close on there. But one thing, are you sure about your serial number? It seems on the high side. I don't think ithaca made ,, total, much less one model. models, serial numbers and manufacturing dates for ithaca guns Reprinted with express written permission from Walter Claude Snyder’s books “ The Ithaca Gun Company From The Beginning ” and “ Ithaca Featherlight Repeaters: The Best Gun Going: A Complete History of the Ithaca Model 37 and the Model 87 ”.

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