View Full Version : Ithaca Rimfire

April 11, 2009, 01:50 PM
Found one used today and looked nice. All i know about ithaca is there mod 37 shotgun. Are the Ithaca lever action .22s good guns? Accurate, feed well, etc?

April 11, 2009, 02:29 PM
It's a tube fed lever, not the single shot.

April 11, 2009, 02:33 PM
Mine's a model 72 Levergun, not the 49, which is a falling block single shot.

Great gun, some collector value.:D


April 11, 2009, 04:34 PM
IIRC, it's the same basic gun as today's Henry. Should shoot just fine.

I've got one of the little Model 49 single shots. A really fun gun.

April 12, 2009, 09:18 AM
They had the Model 72, which Ithaca imported, was made by Erma (Edited to add: I'm just going off my recollection about the Erma connection, but I recall a fellow I knew had two of them that he was quite proud of and always referred to them as being made by "Erma Werke") and, as previously mentioned, pretty much the predecessor to today's Henry Arms .22.

Then there was the Model 49, which was a lever-looking single shot with a sort-of Martini or Peabody -ish action.

Then there's the Model 49R, which appeared to've used a hogged out receiver casting for the Model 49 action with screws and pins added to work as guides for real live lever action moving parts. First time I ever saw one to notice it took me a second to get past "WTH??? Why does it have a loading port on the dummy mag tube?" I've only seen a couple (that I was aware of; to a casual, dismissive glance they're easy to mistake and pass right over as being a regular Model 49) and had to own one for awhile as a curiousity. It had a somewhat shorter than normal lever stroke, was limited to only feeding .22 long rifle and wasn't highly reliable even then, not to mention being of construction and overall appearance that might best be described as "chintzy".