Ithaca Gun Company reveals their new tactical rifle at the 2012 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada - While browsing the booths of the Sands Expo and Convention Center, I ran into Mike Farrell of the Ithaca Gun Company. Calling in the SHOT Show crowds with a prime piece of artillery, Mike was anxious to show off something new … the Ithaca Tactical rifle.
Magazine release, at 10 o'clock from the tigger, can be activated with a flip of the thumb or smack of the hand.
Available in both 5x6 and .308, the rifle is currently being tested by a wide selection of groups in the law enforcement field. Changes to the today’s standard tactical include a magazine release on both sides (one that can be done with the flick of a hand or thumb), charging handles made out of steel to all but eliminate breakage and something very big.
“The big thing we changed was the bolt carrier,” said Farrell. “The mechanisms inside are actually done with diamond coating. All in a normal temperature vacuum so we're not heating up and losing any tolerance. The key factor is that you do not have to oil the gun.”
That’s where I had to stop him. I’ll be the first to admit that I there’s a heck of a lot more about guns that I DON’T know then I do, but that didn’t sound right. Sure enough, I heard right … no oil for the gun.
“You can go through the dirt, the dust, the mud, the whole bit,” Farrell grinned. “You pull it out, wipe it off and go.”
But just because Ithaca is heading into the tactical field doesn’t mean they’re abandoning their roots. In fact, they are in the processing of producing eleven re-engineered single barreled shotguns from the 1922 Sousa Grade … the highest grade Ithaca ever designed.
It’s going to be an exciting year at the home plant in Ohio.