Nitro Specials were not graded as they were all "Field Grade" shotguns. Your serial number would be in the first year of production, 1921 according to one source but 1922 in another. (Pay me for the research time and I'll find out which one is correct.) I suspect that the 1o-o's indicate the choke, but don't know how Ithaca's code. For a 12 gauge, if a dime fits the muzzle loosly, it's open; snug, it's modified; won't go in, full.
213409 nitro special
Ithaca Firearms manufactured the Lefever Nitro Special shotgun with serial numbers between 101600 and 119899 in 1922.
I would say that with the serial number 1321XX,we are looking at your shotgun being made by ithaca(who made the lefever nitro special) in 1924.
The lefever Nitro special was made by Ithaca Arms from 1921-1948.That being said i believe that yours was made in 1927.I do know that you can contact Ithaca arms and they will date your shotgun for you.
Made in 1927
Ithaca Gun Co. manufactured your Lefever Nitro Special in 1940.
The Nitro Special was introduced in 1921 and discontinued in 1947. Yours is fairly late, probably late 1930's.AnswerIthaca Firearms manufactured the Lefever Nitro Special (A Grade) with serial numbers between 357300 and 361199 in 1947. This was the last year that model was made.
Ithaca Firearms manufactured the Lefever Nitro Special with serial numbers between 100000 and 101599 in 1921.
The shotguns were manufactured by Ithaca from 1921 through 1947. Yours was manufactured in 1928.
The average cost of a Lefever Nitro Special shotgun at auction is $650. This amount may be higher or lower depending on the condition of the gun.
The Lefever Nitro Special was made by Ithaca. Yours was made in 1923.
If its a lefever nitro special, on the auction sites they,re bringing from 300.00 to 550.00 depending on condition.
That Lefever was made in 1923.
The Lefever Nitro special shotgun was made from 1921-1948.During this time frame the lefever shotguns were owned by the Ithaca Firearms Company.The price range of your shotgun if it has between 60%-90% of its original factory finish remaining is from 300-450 dollars.I hope you find this info helpful.
According to doublegunshop.com you gun (model # 157078) was made in 1923. Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1922 119899 Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1923 158699 If you are interested in selling it, reply to email@example.com. Sincerely,
To get a parts breakdown you would need to take the shotgun into a gun store. The store will be able to provide an estimate, or order new parts.
The best that I can do is say that the Lefever Nitro special was made from 1921-1948.
Made in 1925
The Nitro Special was made during the Ithaca years. The 12ga should have 2 3/4" chambers, but the 16ga may have the older 2 9/16". Best have it measured.
Made in 1924
Ithaca Guns manufactured the Lefever Nitro Special after it acquired Lefever Arms in 1916. This model was made between 1921 and 1947; the serial number indicates yours was made in 1924.
I have an original 16 ga. nitro special made by Lefever. The sight bead is one eighth if an inch in diameter.
I can say that the LeFever Nitro Special was made from 1921-1948.I do not know if the serial numbers by year of production are available in the public domain.You may have the Grade A field model due to the engraved ducks on the side.These were made from 1934-1942.Barrel length was available from 26in.-32in,of which your shotgun fits.
According to doublegunshop.com, your gun (serial # 138070) was manufactured in 1923. Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1922 119899 Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1923 158699 Are you interested in selling it? If so please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sincerely,
Ithaca Gun Co. manufactured the Lefever Nitro Special from 1921 until 1947 (except in 1943 through 1945). The serial number indicates your gun was made in 1929.