1. Welcome to Oklahoma Shooters Association! Join today, registration is easy!

    You can register using your Google, Facebook, or Twitter account, just click here.

Again? So soon? (Ithica .22 rifle and Steven's 87A)

Discussion in 'Rimfire Weapons' started by Catt57, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. Catt57

    Catt57 Gill-Gun Guru

    Supporter
    Messages:
    2,206
    Likes Received:
    2,282
    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2014
    Location:
    OKC/Bristow
    Rating
    100%
    So....

    Not 1, but 2 rifles follwed me home again. I went to get a Stevens 87A but for another $20 got another rifle to tag along with me.

    I won't bore you all with more pics of another Gill-gun, however, I ended up also getting something I never knew existed.

    An Ithica .22 rifle. I thought they only ever made shotguns.

    I present the Ithica X5 Lightning. My Googlefu says these were made from Dec 1957 to early 1963. The receiver on this thing is built like a tank and has a very different style charging handle that is just a push rod and not attached to the bolt. This one is missing the magazine but I already found a place to order one from.

    We did manage to load it as a single shot ( not easy though) and test fire it a bit. This thing is dead on accurate.

    And now the pics.

    The Ithica and Stevens side by side
    20190817_193315.jpg

    Close up of the Ithica
    20190817_193345.jpg

    Note the size of the reciever
    20190817_193535.jpg

    And the unusual charging handle
    20190817_193504.jpg

    The youngest shooting the Ithica
    20190817_193626.jpg
     
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2019
  2. MR.T.

    MR.T. Sharpshooter

    Messages:
    900
    Likes Received:
    196
    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2008
    Location:
    Newkirk
    Rating
    100%
    Can someone say
    "LUCKY"
     
    Catt57 likes this.
  3. rawhide

    rawhide Sharpshooter

    Messages:
    3,466
    Likes Received:
    453
    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2008
    Location:
    Lincoln Co.
    Rating
    100%
    Nice find. Didn't Ithaca also make a single shot lever action in .22?
     
  4. Catt57

    Catt57 Gill-Gun Guru

    Supporter
    Messages:
    2,206
    Likes Received:
    2,282
    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2014
    Location:
    OKC/Bristow
    Rating
    100%
    I did find this on the interwebs.

    Seems it would be the equivalent of about $500 today adjusted for inflation.

    Vintage-Ithaca-384x420.jpg


    “The Ithaca Gun Company of Ithica, N.Y., is best remembered for the double barreled shotguns they once manufactured. If your father or grandfather was a waterfowl or upland bird hunter he might have used one. If he also enjoyed the sport of trap shooting he might have started the game with an Ithaca single-barrel trap gun. … Up until about 1958 Ithaca never bothered with a rifle, but in that year they introduced the Model X5 Lightning, a semi-automoatic 22 rimfire … .Then they introduced the Model 49 single shot 22, and after that the Model 72 lever action repeater. But the Ithaca rifle that interested me most was the LSA-55, a centerfire bolt action.” Frank de Haas, from the Gun Digest/Krause Publications book “Bolt Action Rifles 4th Edition,” by Frank de Haas and Wayne van Zwoll

     
    Timmy59 and dennishoddy like this.
  5. Timmy59

    Timmy59 Sharpshooter

    Messages:
    1,941
    Likes Received:
    1,570
    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2015
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    Rating
    100%
    $20 dollars well spent,Nice find.. Somewhere between 72-76 I bought an Ithaca single shot 20g for $15 with about 100 shells, I shot all the shells and sold it for $20.. Now I wish I still had it..
     
    Catt57 likes this.
  6. MacFromOK

    MacFromOK Sharpshooter

    Messages:
    7,341
    Likes Received:
    6,249
    Joined:
    May 11, 2016
    Location:
    Southern Oklahoma
    Rating
    100%
    They made one in .22 magnum. My Dad bought one for $19.95 (or maybe $19.99?) when I was a kid.

    Unfortunately, the half-cock safety isn't safe. You pull the trigger and the hammer snaps down. He took it back to the store, and every one they had did the same thing.

    Never tried it with a live round, so I dunno if it would fire or not.
     
    Catt57 likes this.
  7. 1mathom1

    1mathom1 Sharpshooter

    Messages:
    1,085
    Likes Received:
    89
    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Location:
    Stillwater
    Rating
    100%
    Yes, they did. Actually about three different versions.
    We have a model 49. Single shot lever. Falling block action. Great little gun for learners.

    The model 72 was a lever repeater .22lr made in Germany by Erma for Ithaca. Have handled a couple but never owned. I've read where it was designed by the older Imperato who also designed the current Henry and that they are VERY similar.

    They did make (or more likely imported) a lever .22 mag but I do not recall the model number.
     
  8. Catt57

    Catt57 Gill-Gun Guru

    Supporter
    Messages:
    2,206
    Likes Received:
    2,282
    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2014
    Location:
    OKC/Bristow
    Rating
    100%
    So, $30 for a Marlin 10 rd magazine (appears this uses the same mag as the Marlin 89c) and $5 for set of new recoil springs.

    I have learned a few things about this rifle from researching it, fixing it, and shooting it.

    1. It was designed by Marlin for Ithaca. Hence the compatibility with the Marlin magazine.
    2. It is a royal PITA to take apart. This explains why when I did get it broke down to clean, it was full of decades worth of gunk, oil, and residue.
    3. It not only has a receiver built like a tank, but a super massive bolt and 2 recoil springs. See pics below.
    4. Recoil. What recoil? This thing is so heavy and beefy that being a .22, there is no recoil. None, nada, zip, zero.
    5. It runs like a champ. It will do a mag dump without a hiccup. I tried to make it jam and it never did.

    So now the question:
    Do I leave it the way it is? Or do I refinish the stock and clean it up a bit?


    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
    amcardon likes this.
  9. okierider

    okierider Sharpshooter

    Messages:
    3,607
    Likes Received:
    3,615
    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2016
    Location:
    OKC
    Rating
    100%
    Steam that barrel to stop the decay and clean the wood and reseal it!! Very cool looking 22 and the rough adds to the looks, just my opinion!! Either way you go it will be excellent ............ I have seen your work!:cool:
     
  10. aarondhgraham

    aarondhgraham Sharpshooter

    Messages:
    1,116
    Likes Received:
    473
    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2010
    Location:
    Stillwater
    I used to own a WW-II era 1911 that was made by Ithaca,,,
    I was hoping it was ultra-valuable but it wasn't.

    Aarond

    .
     

Share This Page