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#204446 09/29/10 10:21 PM
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I was wondering when beavertail forends began to appear on American SxS's.

Like most of you, I prefer the splinter forend, but a beavertail is sometimes handier on a target gun. It eliminates the need for a glove, and may be a gripping benefit in some instances. And there are numerous sizes of beavertails...

I'm not advocating B.T's, just wondered from a historical standpoint when the factories started offering them as an option.

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They seemed to become an item of interest for trap guns in the years after WW-I. I know A.H. Fox Gun Co. made double guns with "beavertail" forearms in the 1920s, but they didn't appear as catalogue offerings, or on price lists until 1931. They are not offered in the 1919 Ithaca catalogue, but they are offered on Grade 4 and above in the 1925 Ithaca catalogue.

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I understand Parker was the one of the first, if the not the first to introduce them for their skeet and trap guns. I guess all of the others followed suit. From what I have seen, the one that Winchester designed for the Model 21 was about the best looking one out there. A lot of the other ones that were made or are currently being made look bulky. When Reinhard Fajen was in business, the beavertail blank they sold was modeled after the style that was used for the 21. Personally, I prefer beavertails to splinters. I like to have something to wrap my hands around. Barrels do get hot.


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I have favored splinters all my life, but........now I've got a BT and find I really like it. And it doesn't look bad at all. Older Miroku 351A.

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My 1927 trap configuration Ithaca NID 4E has one.

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1926 Elsie Eagle



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The 1922 Folsom catalog advertizes , on Baker guns, the Perfect Grip, which is a beavertail forend for a sxs. That's the earliest beavertail forend I am aware of. I have an example of this forend and the forend iron is modified to accomodate the extra forend recoil forces on a beavertail.

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The Winchester Model 21 (1931-1991 or so) built most of their reputation with the beavertail and single trigger. Opposite of most any other gun company.

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Model 21 28 ga, I think that Ithaca Gun Co. furnished mostly Beavertails on their grades 4 and up during the 1930s and until production of doubles ceased. Similarly, Iver Johnson did the same.

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Practicality, fine. Aesthetically, should have left them on the beaver...... smile


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