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I also have a Lefever Nitro Special 12 guage, serial #337... which was made between 1936 and 1937, and it's also a single trigger (which I think is rare). Yours was made around 1929. While these are not expensive guns, they are considered high grade American made shot guns and they still shoot great to this day. Lefever made some of America's most collected shotguns as did the Ithaca Gun Company which made your gun. But the double guns made by the Lefever Arms Company are much more rare and much more valuable. They can sell for thousands, and even hundreds of thousands for some of the rarest. The Ithaca Gun Company made about 236,000 Nitro Specials between 1921 and 1948 after they acquired the Lefever name. They came in different gauges but the most common was the 12 gauge with a double trigger. If it were a 16 gauge, it would be worth about 20% more. I'm not sure how much the single trigger adds if anything. Mine is in good to very good condition and I think it's worth around $450. The fact that yours is older should not make much of a difference. The determining factor is the condition. If you do a little research on the internet you can find out everything you need to know about determining the condition and value of your gun. That's what I did after I inherited mine and I've been an admirer of collectable side by sides ever since.

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The best that I can do is say that the Lefever Nitro special was made from 1921-1948.


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.


It is found under the breach below the barrel


Ithaca bought Lefever and that gun is the Lefever Nitro Special. My gun has a pointer on it and 2 ivory beads, one midway on barrel. Also my gun has a rosewood stock on it. Special made gun for somebody. Lefever gun had ducks flying over a marsh on receiver.


Your Lefever Nitro special will range in price from 300-450 dollars,based on your shotgun having between 60%-90% of its original finish remaining and a good set of bores.


This was apparently prior to the acquisition of Lefever by Ithaca, since it appears that the first Ithaca Lefever serial numbers contain 6 digits (Lefever Nitro Special - 1921)


Hello... I to recently was looking for the age of a Lefever SXS 12 Ga Damascus Twist Shotgun with the SN# 19958.... Sounds as if your looking for the same infor.. ... PS... Mine is marked with the same Patent Dates.... Sideplate Joined: 22 Jun 2005 Posts: 4 Location: Austin,Texas Posted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 9:55 pm Post subject: Seiral Numbers of Lefevers YEAR GUN # Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1880 5000 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1881 5500 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1882 6500 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1883 7500 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1884 8049 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1885 8500 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1886 9500 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1887 10000 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1888 10500 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1889 11500 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1890 12500 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1891 14552 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1892 17240 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1893 20264 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1894 22112 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1895 23288 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1896 24856 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1897 25556 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1898 27180 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1899 28916 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1900 31632 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1901 36364 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1902 40480 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1903 45408 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1904 49496 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1905 51064 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1906 54592 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1907 57924 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1908 60164 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1909 61704 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1910 62824 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1911 65092 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1912 65512 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1913 69544 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1914 71336 Lefever Arms Co. - Lefever Sidelock Model Guns 1915-1919 73000 plus YEAR GUN # Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1921 100,000 - 101599 Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1922 119899 Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1923 158699 Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1924 185399 Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1925 214399 Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1926 233007 Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1927 252699 Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1928 272999 Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1929 297199 Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1930 298699 Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1933 298749 Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1934 299249 Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1935 299999 See A Grade Listed Below Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1935 325000-327299 Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1936 336399 Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1937 345099 Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1938 345899 Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1939 347099 Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1940 353099 Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1941 354999 Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1942 356299 Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1946 357299 Lefever Nitro Special - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1947 361199 Lefever A Grade - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) YEAR GUN # Lefever A Grade - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1934 300000-300654 Lefever A Grade - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1935 301007 Lefever A Grade - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1936 301023 Lefever A Grade - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1937 301037 Lefever A Grade - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1938 301045 Lefever A Grade - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1935 301050-301699 Lefever A Grade - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1936 302099 Lefever A Grade - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1937 302399 Lefever A Grade - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1938 302456 Lefever A Grade - (Made by Ithaca Gun Co.) 1939 302496 Back to top Display posts from previous: All Posts1 Day7 Days2 Weeks1 Month3 Months6 Months1 Year Oldest FirstNewest First Lefever Arms Company Affiliation Forum Index -> Lefever Firearms All times are GMT - 4 Hours Page 1 of 1


Built between 1921-1927. By Ithica. Need to know single or double trigger, and checkering on stock, and forearm. Standard double trigger, standard checkering in good to excellent condition worth 1200.00. (Avid double barrel collector) Looking for nitro special 16 ga or 20 ga and Uncle Dan 20 ga. The question of the Lefever Nitro Special can be simply answered by a Blue Book of Guns. 12ga. double trigger in this era 1921-1948 at 70% may bring 400.00 to 500.00. 16ga. has to deduct 10%. An Uncle Dan Lefever will bring considerably more money since it was built by Lefever and not Ithaca, NY. Your s/n indicates it was mfg'd around 1921 to 1922. A friend recently purchased one in fair to good conditon for $150. By-the-way, your Lefever was mfg'd by Ithaca Arms Co after they purchased the assets of Lefever Arms Co in 1916. I just bough one built in 1937 in very good original condition for $210.00. It locks up tight as new, the checkering is not worn, and the geese on the sides and the printing on top the barrels is excellent. They can be found cheap if you have the patience to wait. This one shoots great. A much better gun than the new ones from Turkey, for half the price!


An early model Lefever single-barrel 12-gauge shotgun with a 30-inch plain barrel can be found for sale online for $300. This is the price for one that is in excellent condition.


front trigger fires right barrel. back trigger fires left. boone


Your LeFever 16 in good shape is worth about $300. In excellent shape about $450. It is hard to grade a shotgun without seeing it. Most of the ones I have were good to poor. Your Lefever Nitro Special was actually mfg'd by Ithaca Arms Co about late 1921 or 1922. Ithaca Arms purchased the assets of Lefever Arms in 1916 and started Mfg Nitro Special in 1921. A friend of mine recently purch'd a 12 GA in fair to good condtion for $150.


The first Double Barrel Nitro Lefever (16 Gauge) was made in 1921, Serial number started with 100,000. The last Nitro Lefever was madee in 1947, Serial Number 361,199. I have a Niotro Lefever Serial Number 339,290 that was manufactured in 1937. Original price was $29, currently worth approximately $500.



Mfg 1925. Serial numbers are stamed on the barrel flats, on the water table (receiver) and on the forend. They should all match.


The shotguns were manufactured by Ithaca from 1921 through 1947. Yours was manufactured in 1928.



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.


If it is a double, remove barrel and you will see it along with serial #.


The Ithaca-Lefever Nitro Specials with serial numbers between 158700 and 185399 were manufactured in 1924. Ithaca acquired the Lefever company in 1916, but manufactured two models of double-barrel guns (the Lefever Nitro Special and the Lefever A Grade) under the original company name between 1921 and 1947. Firearms expert Charles Gage estimated the collector value of another piece from that year to be between $200 and $500, depending on condition whether all parts are original. For more information, see Related Link, below.


The gun was produced c.1935 by Ithaca. Value will depend on condition, and can reach $500-$600.


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.


Lefever arms company made shotguns from 1885-1916. After that Ithaca acquired the Lefever name. The Ithaca ones are generaly worth less. But I need more info from you. Serial # and other markings???  answerCan you give more info?? Any and all numbers and letters on water table. (flat area on receiver when the breech is open)Does it say "Lefever arms company" , "Lefever, D.M & Son" or "Ithaca" antwhere?yes lefever arms co. sn 47782 barrel no. 65955 patent no. 1872, 78, 80, 85, 86, 87it says lefever arms company serial number 47782 barrel num. 65955


there is one made by I thaca, model nitro special, sold under the name Lefever manufactured between 1922 and 1948, hammers are not showing. RG




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