Not a Fox but still pretty cool

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Not a Fox but still pretty cool

Postby Silvers » Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:18 pm

For those looking to do a smallish beavertail on a custom Fox, here’s an unusual one on a rare Ithaca/Lefever A Grade Model 6 Skeet gun. This one is a 20-bore and has factory Mod & Full chokes (2 & 4) rather than typical Skeet & Skeet. It's an unusual beavertail even for a Model 6 and the contour feels good with palm on the fuller part and fingers wrapped around. Gun came out of Ithaca NY from the family of a long ago factory employee. The gun was probably made up for hunting instead of skeet ..... ?

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Re: Not a Fox but still pretty cool

Postby Stan Hillis » Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:25 am

Very unusual profile to the b.tail. I've seen some strange shaped beavertails on doubles, but never one like this. I can understand how it may be ergonomic, but I don't care for the looks.

Nice condition gun. Thanks for posting, Frank.

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Re: Not a Fox but still pretty cool

Postby vaturkey » Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:39 pm

Stan Hillis wrote:Very unusual profile to the b.tail. I've seen some strange shaped beavertails on doubles, but never one like this. I can understand how it may be ergonomic, but I don't care for the looks.

Nice condition gun. Thanks for posting, Frank.

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Agree with Stan. I'm sure it function its great, but as far as being visually appealing its not. BTW, that gun is a fantastic shape.
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Re: Not a Fox but still pretty cool

Postby SmithShady » Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:13 am

Great condition on that one Frank, and I like the Beavertail. You said it came from the family of a one time employee. Any idea what he did for Ithaca? Any chance it's a one off creation he had a hand in making?

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Re: Not a Fox but still pretty cool

Postby Silvers » Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:21 am

Thanks gents for your inputs. To each his own. Gun came from a dealer located nearby Ithaca and he relayed the family factory connection to me. The combination of the forend and atypical Field chokes on a Model 6 Skeet indicates factory work but how that happened we'll never know. One thing I do know is that the gun comes up well on a sporting clays field and in the grouse covers. I took a bird with her in December while using some of the guns from the back of the safe. One shot, one kill. And she did real well against 12-gauge competition guns at Rock Mtn on Wednesday. :D frank
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Re: Not a Fox but still pretty cool

Postby Researcher » Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:35 pm

If it isn't Skeet choked is it really a Model 6 and not just a fully optioned Model 5? Actually in 1934 and 1935 they didn't even call the Skeet Gun the Model 6 --

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Feb. 15, 1934


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Feb. 15, 1935


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Jan. 25, 1936


Certainly an interesting gun, and from Frank's picture certainly looks like "factory" work to me.
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Re: Not a Fox but still pretty cool

Postby Silvers » Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:21 pm

Thank you Dave, The serial number dates to 1935 according to the chart in Walt's Ithaca book. Yes, she is fully optioned with single n/s trigger, ejectors, twin ivories and of course the beavertail. Chambers are 2-3/4". Kind of neat is a thin polished aluminum (?) "spacer" under the grip cap and a somewhat thicker one between the recoil pad and the gun butt. From now on I'll call the gun a fully optioned Model 5 A-Grade. Thanks again. frank
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Re: Not a Fox but still pretty cool

Postby Mike of the Mountain » Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:15 pm

Whatever you call it, it is a beautiful little 20 bore!! I was able to handle her and she does come right up. Lively, sleek and in excellent shape. Not bad for a dame pushing 80!! 8)
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