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I have a Lefever "Nitro Special" double barrel hammerless 12 ga made in Ithaca, NY, serial number 273861. Is that enough information to determine the DOM? Also, under the barrel it is marked with BP over W. I'm hoping that doesn't mean black powder. Can someone help me with this?

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Ithaca Gun Co. in Ithaca, New York- bought out the old LeFever Gun Co. in about 1914- and thus owned the rights to the LeFever name-- In 1924, Ithaca dropped the Emil Flues design for their side-by-side guns, and redesigned and re-tooled for the NID- New Ithaca Double-- sifferent locking and cocking mechanism, and receivers and barrels designed for Nitro smokeless powder loads- Older Ithacas, like the Flues,the Crass and others before 1901 had sometimes Damascus barrels, which are NOT safe with smokeless powder loads- The NID was very popular, and indeed a very strong gun- How strong? In 1932 John Olin, new head of the Winchester-Olin Corp. asked Lou Smith, head honcho at Ithaca, to re-design the NID for a 10 gauge 3.5" Magnum load- and Ithaca made 500 of them-- as strong as the Winchester M21 double gun-

Ithaca had contracted with Sears, Wards, other hardware stores to make an economy grade based on the NID- and so in 1926 they offered the LeFever Nitro Special- safe for smokeless powder loads, no ejectors and with std 2 triggers, plain black walnut stock- Later they had an A grade series with ejectors, and a few had a single non-selective trigger as well- Only in 12-16-20, and in 1931, the .410 was also offered. A fine utility no frills double- the letter codes are inspectors stamp-- no gauge markings, so you'll have to check with 12-16 or 20 gauge shells to determine that, but like the Ithacas- they have a number stamp on the barrel flats- you have to remove the forearm and barrels from the receiver to see this-- and those codes indicate the chokes, when the gun left the factory-- 0- cyl. or skeet bore 1- imp. cyl. 2- modified 3-improved modified and 4-- full- 26" barrels were std. in the .410 bore, 26" and 28" option in the 20 and 16 gauges, and 28' and 30" in the 12 gauges- all had std. 2.75" chambers, except the .410, which had 3" std- does this answer your questions??
 
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