The Ithaca Gun Co. is going back to the future with the new Larrabee 12-gauge shotgun. Those familiar with Ithaca’s classic Knickerbocker trap gun will instantly recognize the Larrabee’s inspiration.
The Knickerbocker originated in 1922 and enjoyed more than a 50-year run before it was discontinued in the 1970s. Mike Farrell of Ithaca said the Larrabee is named after the company’s head machinist, Roger Larrabee, who reverse-engineered one of the original Knickerbocker guns for this reintroduction. The original single-barrel trap gun was as renown as the ATA and Stephen Grant shotguns for many years.
The Larrabee will be available in four grades, and in 28-, 30-, 32- and 34-inch barrels. Farrell said Ithaca also plans to make 11 Sousa-grade guns because the company made 11 Sousa-grade Knickerbockers in 1922.
The Larrabee guns are scheduled to start shipping in March. Ithaca also plans to do a 20-gauge Larrabee in the future.
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