The Ithaca Gun Company first produced a single-barrel trap gun in 1914. Their guns were based on the Emil Flues three piece lock design and known as the Flues Single-Barrel Trap up until 1922 when it was replaced with a New Improved Design (NID) created by Frank Knickerbocker.
The serial numbers of the NID "Knick" guns began with 400000 in 1922 and ended with serial number 402789 in 1942. Only 2,790 made! This is verified by The Ithaca Gun Company here on page 4 http://www.ithacagun.com/pdfs/serialnumbers.pdf.
Ithaca 4E New Improved Design (NID) Knick (1927) - A Single-Shot 12 Gauge Trap gun with a 32" bbl, Extra-Full Fixed Choke, low vent rib, 13 3/4" Pull to Pachmayer pad, 2 3/8" drop, lightly figured walnut with pistol grip and beavertail fore-end, engraved receiver, Weight: 8lbs, 5oz. S/N: 4010xx. 90% blue, 30% case-colors, tight, excellent bore and DOM 1922 - 1942.
The Knick Model Single-Barrel Trap gun was and is the gun of choice for many champion shooters and was produced by the Ithaca Gun Company up until 1988. I purchased this gun from Mr. Morris Hallowell of Hallowell & Co. in Montana a good many years ago. I highly recommend Hallowell & Co. as a source of fine guns. Visit their website at www.hallowellco.com. Mr. Hallowell himself, took the pictures displayed here.
Self-defense, tactical class shotguns have seen a surge in popularity ever since recent gun debates have sparked up new concerns about firepower regulations, and the Ithaca shotgun has become a hot commodity. Manufactured by the longstanding Ithaca gun production line that has been operating since the early 19th century, the Ithaca shotgun can serve both hunting and defensive roles. Ithaca shotguns are pump-action twelve gauges designed to be effective close quarter and spraying firearms that will hit ducks and quail as well as any home intruder.
The type of Ithaca shotgun is specified by the intended shooting style and capacity. Defensive models like the Ithaca 37 boast brass bead sights, a 752 Pachmayr recoil pad, thirty-nine and a half inches of stopping power, up to seven tube magazines in three inch chambers, cross bolt safety, slide-action, and a trigger weight of about four pounds, while Deerslayer models are manufactured with sights, scopes, and dynamics that make it a suitable companion for tree stand hideouts or brush attacks.
The 37 featherlight model keeps the capacity of the Ithaca 37 defensive, but it has decreased weight to allow for accessible, fast handling pump action machined through single blocks of solderless barrel systems. Strong and straight ribbed barrels help to steady inexperienced aims in hectic confrontations, while the overall gun weight tops out at an impressively light seven pounds despite its length of roughly forty-five inches. Ladies Stock 37 models keep the featherlight features with a rearranged drop of heel and comb system. Trap models come with stocks modeled after Monte Carlo. Waterfowl models perform in weathered conditions and wet elements, and Turkey Slayers come in camouflaged finishes.
28 gauges debut with their own exclusively weighty frame and an assortment of model 37 guarantees; the strong solderless barrel, a four pound trigger pull, and straight choke threads are all hallmarks of the brand.
Gun aficionados will be interested to learn that Ithaca has a storied history with the United States military service, issuing handgun models like the M3 Grease Gun for World War II and providing Model 37 shotguns for Vietnam conflicts, replete with a bayonet, a mounting lug, and shields to stave off heat wear. The US Navy SEALs even received a modified version with an extended magazine clip. These models might be lost to history, but when a gun company has been in business for over a century like Ithaca, consumers can be assured that they are putting some well tested modifications on a reputable line of guns with enough field testing to cover an encyclopedia.
The longevity shows in the product. Most every Ithaca shotgun comes with brass bead front sights to prevent reflection in high or low lighting conditions. The recoil and weights are gentle even with the standard model 37, making Ithaca shotguns a worthwhile addition for anyone who might be concerned about applying the correct stances and weight distributions in the heat of the moment -- whether that moment comes hunting a turkey or defending a home. The Pachmayr recoil pad increases the intuitive maneuvers for turning the safety, sliding and triggering, while the model 37's ejection bottoms keep loose hulls from flying after discharge.
Despite these features, the Ithaca shotgun shouldn't be misunderstood as an entry level gun for inexperienced marksmen. The price point is high and the materials are quality. Ithaca shotguns are an investment, but their ease of use and accessibility for the inexperienced should not discount their place on the rack for gun owners who know their butt from their barrel. The construction is second to none in the price range, with most model 37 shotgun's pricing at well under $200 less than comparable Ithaca guns.