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Old 03-20-2017, 09:34 PM
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I was at the gunshop recently and I found a shotgun I have seen a few times, never owned one though, an Ithaca 66 Supersingle. The shop had a $100 price tag, the finish isn't great, but it locks up tight, everything works and who can't resist a cheap 12 gauge for whatever need you might have. I like that the gun is very light for a 12 gauge, weighs next to nothing. Wouldn't be a bad shotgun with my son when he gets older, throw maybe a 20 gauge or even a .410 chamber adapter in it and away you go. I'm going to clean it up some, add some finish to the wood and have a bit of fun with it.



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Old 03-20-2017, 09:40 PM
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David--I am 55 and remember like yesterday when I shot one of those when I was 10! My shoulder just started aching with phantom pain from the memory. That thing kicks like an Army mule on steroids. I missed the goose I was shooting at to boot!

Buy your son a nice 870 20 gauge youth model to start out with.
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Just after I had my 12th birthday I walked into a Gibsons store in Hobbs, New Mexico and laid down $24.95 for one of those and a box of shells. Those were the days. It was so lightweight it was impressive when you yanked the trigger. No need to open it up and check the shell to see if it had went off. I see no need to spruce it up with new finish. If ugly single shot shotguns can EVER have character, your has it the way it sits.
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:07 PM
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Very nice! I know I've seen one of those before, but I really can't remember when.
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Ithaca also made a single shot lever action .22 LR rifle with similar styling, the Model 49. The 49 was my 1st firearm. The action is a Martini. I get to get it out of the safe and shoot it.
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My brother's first gun was a 20 gauge Supersingle choked modified.
I talked my folks into getting it for him for Christmas.

Every boy in the family since has used that gun, at least a few times,
for hunting grouse and rabbits. I fired my first shot at a woodcock
from a borrowed 20 gauge Supersingle.

My brother got a 12 gauge version later. My older son owns that one
now, although he doesn't use it these days. Back in the day he carried it while we hunted grouse and turkeys together.

I always liked the rifle sighted deer versions of the gun. Never owned
or shot one, however.
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Ithaca also made a single shot lever action .22 LR rifle with similar styling, the Model 49. The 49 was my rifle firearm. The action is a Martini. I get to get it out of the safe and shoot it.
Now those I remember quite well. Sears used to sell them back in the early to mid '60s.
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Old 03-21-2017, 05:07 AM
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My very first gun ever was an Ithaca M-66, 20 gauge, "youth model" with a 26" barrel, and a Modified choke. I got it for Christmas when I was about 13 or so I guess. I remember poking around the house a few weeks before Christmas, and looking under my folks bed and seeing this long box. I pulled it out, and thankfully it had already been opened. I lifted the top and saw that gun laying there. I didn't dare take it out, so I just feasted on it with my eyes. I was pretty sure it was for me, I doubted my sisters were going to get it.

Come Christmas morning, sure enough, that gun was on the chair where "my" stuff was piled. The gun, a couple boxes of shells, and I don't know what else. My mother gave me a quick lecture. "Don't shoot yourself or anybody else, and don't ever shoot anything you can't brag about." Good advice that has stood me to this day.

I ran out onto what passed for a "back porch" on the house, loaded a shell and just fired out across the back yard. Not really "at" anything. We lived WAY out in the country. You could have fired a cannon and not hit anything. Then I pulled that empty paper shell out, held it to my nose and for the first time breathed in that fantastic aroma of burned powder and gun oil. I think I shot it three or four more times, then being mindful that shotgun shells didn't grow on trees, went back into the house.

I used that little 20 for a year or so, then graduated to a 12 gauge Sears double I bought with my pay from my first job, working on a farm.

Looking back, that 20 kicked like a mule, but I didn't know it at the time. I'd never shot anything else. I know now the short "youth" stock was too short for me.
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Congrats on your fine,very nice.
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My Dad took me to the local hardware store on my 10th birthday ('67), and bought one for me in .410. You never forget your first shotgun!
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I forgot. I had one of those Ithaca 49 single-shot 22 rifles much later in life. I teamed it up with a Ruger Bearcat. I thought if only I'd had that outfit "back in the day" there would have been even less rustling in our end of Hanover.
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Nice pick-up! If you ever "hear" an inexpensive gun calling your name, bring it home. Better in someone's home and hands than in a junkpile or turned in to a buyback program.

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