In reading different sporting papers, I see many articles pertaining to the shot gun, that I read with interest for I am a gun crank, especially the shot gun.
I bought my first gun with my own money in 1866 and have used guns ever since. My first gun was a 20 gauge and it killed 'em as high and as far as any gun would. Forty or more years ago a sportsman in buying a shot gun had a different condition to contend with than he has of later years. At that time the gun makers were mostly a set of grafters. The breech loading guns were hammer guns and the lowest price guns were listed at about $50.00. This gun didn't have any extras on them like pistol grip rebounding lock or extra stock lengths and if you wanted any on your gun they charged you at least five dollars for each improvement. In many instances, a $50.00 gun cost the sportsman $70.00 by adding necessary improvements and they allowed no discounts at all on any gun.
This condition existed until the Ithaca gun was put on the market. The Ithaca Gun Company listed their guns for $12.50 and $15.00 per grade, less in price and then discounted them through the trade to the buyer which enabled a sportsman to buy Ithaca gun that much cheaper, grade for grade with all of the up-to-date improvements. Since the price was so much cheaper many sportsmen were afraid to invest in the Ithaca gun at first, but a test of the guns proved their worth and they had to be acknowledged as one of the best shooting guns that were ever put on the American Market and the sportsmen began buying Ithaca guns so fast that other standard makes had to discount their guns through the trade and discontinue the charges for pistol grip, patent fore end or rebounding locks. The Ithaca Company listed guns of the same grade at $37.75. The greatest opportunity of buying the best shooting gun at the lowest price that ever existed in this country.
Now sportsmen, remember, it was the Ithaca Gun Company that made it possible for you to buy their guns cheaper and compelled all the other gun makers to discount their extra charges.
If you don't want an Ithaca, you should not condemn the company.
J. H. Bond, Milton, Pa.
Hunter-Trader-Trapper. October: 1921,
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