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Old 09-16-2020, 08:17 AM
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I just stumbled upon a very clean Ithaca model 72 lever action rifle at a nearby pawn shop. The action is very smooth and it appears to be a very nice gun. My first rifle, which I still have, is an Ithaca model 49 single shot lever action so I have an affection for the Ithaca brand. Can anyone fill me in on the history, performance and/or reliability of this rifle? Thanks!

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Old 09-16-2020, 08:46 AM
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It was designed by Louis Imperato who is the father of Henry Arms president Anthony. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Lou, what a great guy. Mr. Lou made all of the Colt Black powder pistols and owned Colt Black Powder. He also owned Iver Johnson before they moved to Arkansas. A long history of innovation.
So, It's basically a Henry built by Erma Werk in Germany (then West Germany) Mr Lou built all sorts of stuff for many manufacturers.
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Old 09-16-2020, 11:34 AM
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It was designed by Louis Imperato who is the father of Henry Arms president Anthony. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Lou, what a great guy. Mr. Lou made all of the Colt Black powder pistols and owned Colt Black Powder. He also owned Iver Johnson before they moved to Arkansas. A long history of innovation.
So, It's basically a Henry built by Erma Werk in Germany (then West Germany) Mr Lou built all sorts of stuff for many manufacturers.
Some 30 years ago I owned an Iver-Johnson pump .22 rifle. It was also made by Erma in West Germany. I used it as a squirrel gun and was quite pleased with it.

If the Ithaca was made by Erma, chances are that the receiver is made of an alloy. My IJ pump receiver was. It's plenty strong for it's intended use.

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If you do a search, there are quite a few threads about the 72 on this forum as well as other places on the internet. My first rifle was the Ithaca Model 49. I wish I still had it. I do, however, still have the nice Model 72 that my wife gave to me back around 1978 - early 80's. It's my favorite .22 rifle.

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It was designed by Louis Imperato who is the father of Henry Arms president Anthony. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Lou, what a great guy. Mr. Lou made all of the Colt Black powder pistols and owned Colt Black Powder. He also owned Iver Johnson before they moved to Arkansas. A long history of innovation.
So, It's basically a Henry built by Erma Werk in Germany (then West Germany) Mr Lou built all sorts of stuff for many manufacturers.

I have an Erma 22 levergun thatís marked both Erma and Iver Johnson. Great little rifle, I keep in loaded with CB caps for varmints around the house.
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