Randall - There certainly are LeFevers that are valued in the thousands of dollars, and even into 5 figures, but not the Nitro Special. This was the company's utility gun. Top value with 98% original finish is about $400 according to my Standard Catalog of Firearms
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 email@example.com. Sincerely,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Sincerely,
Minard Lafever was born in 1798-08.
Minard Lafever died on 1854-09-26.
That's "LeFever." Not "Lafever." And the price depends on many things... Many were custom made. The old ones were of extreme top quality. Latter models that say NITRO are good quality, but inexpensive and made by Ithaca in high quantity.Beware of copies!
If its a lefever nitro special, on the auction sites they,re bringing from 300.00 to 550.00 depending on condition.
I would start my search at Numrich gun parts corp.They may be found on the web.I would also look at gunbroker.com under gun parts.The same could be said for guns america.
Ithaca Gun Co. manufactured your Lefever Nitro Special in 1940.
Ithaca Firearms manufactured the Lefever Nitro Special with serial numbers between 100000 and 101599 in 1921.
The Lefever Nitro Special was made by Ithaca. Yours was made in 1923.
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 best that I can do is say that the Lefever Nitro special was made from 1921-1948.
Made in 1927
50-5000 USD depending on specifics
I have an original 16 ga. nitro special made by Lefever. The sight bead is one eighth if an inch in diameter.
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 best that I can say is that the Lefever Nitro special was made from 1921-1948.I do not know if the serial numbers to year of production is available in the public domain.
CHeck the receiver and under the forearm
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.
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.
I'm sure someone has LeFever's serial lists but they don't seem to be readily available. The Nitro Special was manufactured from 1921 to 1948 if that's close enough for you.AnswerIthaca manufactured the Lefever Nitro Specials with serial numbers between 185400 and 214399 in 1925.
The Mushroom, Flower, Star, or Special Cup.