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The early Ithaca beavertails were short and bulky, but about 1935 they started making much nicer looking beavertails.

A 1930 20-gauge and a 1936 12-gauge, both No. 4E --





Ithaca also used a nice looking beavertail on their Lefever A-Grade --



During the Savage years, Fox had a Trap beavertail --



and a Skeet/Field style beavertail --


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Originally Posted By: colin.kendall
I understand Parker was the one of the first, if the not the first to introduce them for their skeet and trap guns.


The "bulky fore-end" of the Parker SBT was standard from the intro in about 1915 (all the ads show the non-splinter fore-end and a straight grip and no safety). This was a dedicated trap gun.

Quoting myself from Parker Guns: The "Old Reliable" @ p.71: "The beaver-tail or trap-style fore-end became an extra-cost option in 1923, probably due to the demands of Parker's modern trapshooting clientele." My research was to Parker advertising, catalogs, flyers, etc. The Parker Story published the actual production records, and may move this date slightly back, but I'll stick with 1923 until I hear otherwise. It is doubtful that Parker was first, and the first Parker beaver-tails were defective in-so-far as they were too much wood to grip with too little metal structure. This was quickly corrected with the large screw seen at the front of the BTFE, which braces the wood internally to the barrel clasp. There may have been a recall, as I have never seen a factory original BTFE without the metal bracing screw. EDM


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After introduction of the Smith Double Barrel Trap gun in 1920, the 'Trap Package' included a beavertail Schnabel forend with the reinforced barrel lug, Automatic Ejectors, Hunter One-Trigger, standard recoil pad, and two ivory sights.
Images of the Smith BTFEs here http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/15656750

And the Smith "Steamline" Skeet BTFE, introduced in 1929, here http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/18779715

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