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Just bought a 1929 Ithaca Knick 7E

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by pdq, Nov 25, 2010.

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  1. pdq

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    Having bought a 5E made in 1930 earlier in the year, I became knocked out by the workmanship and artistry that were built into these guns. So, I started the quest for a 7E; harder to find than a 5E given the price difference when new, plus I wanted one in above average condition, plus I wanted it from prior to 1940. THe suggested retail price of a 5E in 1930 was $175 and the 7E's commanded a price of $350. Quite a lot of money given it was during the Depression and you could walk into a Ford dealership and buy a brand new Model A for a little over $400.

    This particular gun left the factory on August 30, 1929, about 6 - 8 weeks before the Wall Street crash. LOP is 14 5/8 and it's choked at .040, and POI is 80/20. Swings/shoots very well and with the .040 choke, really crushes the targets from the 16 yard line. Fun breaking targets with a 80 year old gun.

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  2. grunt

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    Very nice.
     
  3. Russ-in-Pa

    Russ-in-Pa Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful shotgun. I am glad you are shooting it also.
     
  4. merlynstrapguns

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    How neat! If I come into contact with one that nice, it may again disappear till I pass too! I've had a couple of 5-Es but they were rough........m
     
  5. BILL GRILL

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    Pete, That is a beauty! 32 or 34" barrel? It is the one grade I have yet to aquire. Bill
     
  6. David J Comroe

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    Pete,

    Awesome gun! Glad you found one. Bring it to LP sometime!

    Have a great thanksgiving,

    -dave
     
  7. g7777777

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    Nice gun- thanks for sharing-

    Did they all say made in the USA on the bottom?

    Do we know who that was ordered by? wonder if they survived the stock crash

    regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  8. sjkarst

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    Definetly a 7E to be proud of. SJ Karst
     
  9. pdq

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    It has a 32" barrel. I have a copy of the factory invoice and it was sold to a fellow out in Lewisville, IN. I don't know about the grade 4E or Sousa, but both my 5E and the 7E say "Made in the USA.

    All the Knicks were custom ordered guns, made between 1924 and 1986, during which time they made a grand total of a little over 5,700 of them. While the gun is not signed, the style of the engraving and inlayed birds would suggest it's a McGraw gun.

    To see work like that done not by a machine, but realizing the engraving and checkering was done by a craftsman totally by hand on a bench is what really makes me appreciate them.

    In order to afford this gun I'm selling an 1889 P grade parker which I loved for it's classic lines and workmanship. In my eyes however, it doesn't hold a candle to the Knicks, but so few were made they aren't a household name like the Parkers are.

    Dave Comroe -- if weather permits my wife and I plan to shoot practice over at West Chester tomorrow (she shoots the 5E). I'll bring the 7E and let you try it out. With that .040 choke, there's no question about whether you hit the target or not.

    Pete
     
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    My favorite of the old Ithacas! Dandy shotgun guy!!

    Hap
     
  11. over the hill

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    I am always fascinated that many of our finest was made during hard times; the depression.

    Whether it was cars,furniture,guns,or whatever it was American manufacturing at its best.




    Regards....Gerald
     
  12. coveybuster

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    That is what I call art. Incredible gun, thanks for sharing. My Flues 4E says Made in USA over an eagle on the right side of the receiver.
     
  13. GW22

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    That is a stunning Ithaca, Pete. Good for you.

    -Gary
     
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    I am amazed by what this country once produced.

    bluedsteel
     
  15. charlie01

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    WOW! WOW! WOW! Nice pics, thanks for sharing!
     
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    Love those Knicks (and I do not mean the Basketball team
     
  17. GW22

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    I've lusted over these pics so many times my Flues is giving me the silent treatment. Please tell me it has a Cutts on it or something so I can get my mind right.

    -Gary
     
  18. pdq

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    Gary:

    Sorry about that -- didn't intend to be a home wrecker. :)))

    Alas, no Cutts, all original except for the repro Silvers recoil pad I had fitted.

    If it makes it easier on you, the gun is nicer in real life than in the pics.

    Go out and shoot your Flues -- you and it will feel immediately better -- these guns are shooters.

    pdq
     
  19. GW22

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    She won't go anywhere with me now.

    -Gary
     
  20. SPORTALLURING

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    pdq... very nice sbt! If thats a shooter where can I find a shooter like that one. I`d like to also find a Fox K or L grade.

    Sportalluring
     
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