In a time when just about every US manufacturer is outsourcing jobs overseas, it is encouraging to see US companies employing craftsman like the ones who helped make America great. We have all seen the decline in quality of many of the models of firearms we grew up with. For example, it is easy to tell the difference in quality between an early 1970’s Remington 870 and one made today simply by picking it up. Ithaca Gun Company (in Upper Sandusky, Ohio) is one of the firearms companies reversing this trend of poor quality and remaking a classic American firearm.
I have to be honest with you that I never really shot an Ithaca shotgun prior to their relocation to Upper Sandusky, OH from New York in 2005. The main reason was that over the years Ithaca’s quality had slipped so much that I saw no point in purchasing one of their firearms. It’s hard to pin point exactly when the quality of Ithaca’s guns started to decline, but I’d say it was probably in the late 1970’s (as with a lot of US firms) during their first bankruptcy. In 2007 Ithaca was purchased by Dave Dlubak. Dave, Mike Farrell and the rest of the Ithaca team in Upper Sandusky have truly reinvented the Ithaca brand. I have now had an opportunity to see, shoot, and own these finely crafted shotguns and 1911 pistols. All of which have operated flawlessly.
Ithaca’s quality starts with their craftsman and the materials they use. How many firearms manufacturers still machine their receivers in-house out of a solid block of steel, or have a President who meticulously inspects and selects only the best wood for their stocks? Over the years I have become a stickler for quality and the old saying, “You get what you pay for.” I can’t wait to purchase one of their over-and-under 12 gauges that is coming soon (hopefully very soon). Do yourself, and those who will one day inherit your firearm’s collection, a favor and purchase guns that they’ll be proud to own and enjoy shooting. Ithaca is one of those guns. I’m a proud Ithaca owner and I encourage you to be as well.
Mr. Ags writes for Joe for America and welcomes your feedback: @blackswampradio & [email protected]