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Old 10-30-2019, 09:59 PM
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Ithaca 1911A1 (1945)

I've had this one for several years, and just thought I would share it with you guys. I bought this from my friend, who acquired it from a WWII vet. To be honest, I don't know where the vet got it from. I assumed he brought it home with him, as he also had an original K98, and also a P-38. I will say that the pictures don't do this pistol justice. It looks much better in-hand. Serial number puts it at 1945.


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Old 10-30-2019, 10:06 PM
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Nice one. They'll never be any easier to find so hang onto it and take good care of it.
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Old 10-30-2019, 10:14 PM
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Thank you! I definitely plan on hanging on to this one! My friend also acquired another Ithaca that was virtually identical to this one. I couldn't believe he came across 2 that were so nice. The only difference, is that the other one. (the one he kept) was made in 1944 (according to the serial number). I also tried to buy that one at the same time, but he wasn't interested in letting it go. Who knows? Maybe someday he'll decide he wants to sell it to me. (I'm not holding my breath, though!)
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Old 10-31-2019, 01:20 AM
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That Ithaca is in great condition. A keeper indeed.
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Old 10-31-2019, 07:13 AM
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Very nice, thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-31-2019, 09:24 AM
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Beautiful Ithaca! I have a 1944 and love it!

Do you plan on shooting it?
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Old 10-31-2019, 09:42 AM
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thanks to all!
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Old 10-31-2019, 01:50 PM
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Congratulations, indeed!!!! You're now the steward of a true piece of American history. Preserve it!!
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Old 10-31-2019, 02:05 PM
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In response to Retired AF CE's question... I haven't shot this one. I'm not totally opposed to it, but probably won't.

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Old 10-31-2019, 03:17 PM
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Congratulations, indeed!!!! You're now the steward of a true piece of American history. Preserve it!!
Thank you! Although, I've had this one for several years.
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Old 01-07-2020, 06:50 PM
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I've always thought this Ithaca to be of 1945 manufacture, since that's what the numbers I found online indicated. I just looked this up in my newly acquired Scott Meadows book, and it shows it to have a shipment date of 11/21/44. Shipped to the Transportation Officer, Rock Island Ordnance Depot, Rock Island, Illinois. Very cool!
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Old 01-07-2020, 09:01 PM
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Very nice.
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Old 01-07-2020, 10:24 PM
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Very nice.
Thanks!
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Old 01-07-2020, 10:28 PM
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I recently took better pics of this one, so I thought this would be a good time to add them... enjoy!









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Old 01-07-2020, 10:30 PM
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Old 01-08-2020, 06:44 AM
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Top quality Ithaca. Great photos too. Thanks for sharing
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Old 01-08-2020, 08:16 AM
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Nice! That there is the real deal.
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Old 01-08-2020, 10:14 AM
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One of my Ithaca pistols about 8600 earlier than yours. They might have met each other at the factory. By the way, nice photos. Takes me about 10 trys to get some that look right.
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Old 01-08-2020, 10:18 AM
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Top quality Ithaca. Great photos too. Thanks for sharing
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Nice! That there is the real deal.
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One of my Ithaca pistols about 8600 earlier than yours. They might have met each other at the factory. By the way, nice photos. Takes me about 10 trys to get some that look right.
Thanks! I'm not very computer savvy, but it's easy to post decent photos. I hate when people post pure **** pics of firearms. Makes me think they're trying to hide something. You never know... our pistols definitely could have been in the store room together.
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Old 01-08-2020, 12:47 PM
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This is my 1944


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Old 01-08-2020, 12:49 PM
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:02 PM
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This is my 1944
nice pistol, but Meadows shows yours to have been shipped 03/05/45, FWIW.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:15 PM
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Sweet thanks, I was going by what I could find online for that serial number.


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Old 01-08-2020, 02:26 PM
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Sweet thanks, I was going by what I could find online for that serial number.


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you're welcome. same mistake I made at first. yours was one of several that were shipped out of sequence. It makes some sense that they would have been using up the replacement slides toward the end of production.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:57 PM
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Looks like some kind of non original front sight. Am I seeing that correctly?
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