SOLD FOR: $1050
Model: Los Angeles Police Department 87 Featherlight, Used as a less lethal gun with bean bag rounds.
Serial Number: LAPD 89-124
Year of Manufacture: 1989
Gauge: 12 Gauge 2 3/4″ & 3″ Chamber
Action Type: Pump / Slide Action, Tube Magazine Fed Shotgun
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “M-87-FEATHERLIGHT -CHAMBER FOR 2 3/4″ & 3″ -12GA. – PROOF TESTED / ITHACA GUN, KING FERRY, N.Y. MADE IN U.S.A.-ROTO FORGED” and with an anvil. The right side of the receiver is marked with the serial number. The right side of the receiver and the chamber both have an anvil proof. There is a brass plate tacked on the bottom of the pistol grip marked “BB / 253”.
Barrel Length: 18 1/2”
Choke: Improved Cylinder, Fixed.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass bead set on the barrel at the muzzle. The top of the receiver is serrated for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The forend is walnut grooved walnut. The bright green polymer buttstock has a checkered pistol grip, straight comb, and black rubber Ithaca buttpad. The forend has a couple little compression and light handling marks. The buttstock has some scattered scuffs, a few light scrapes, and a few scratches. There is some discoloration on the buttstock. The checkering is mostly strong but there are a few light scrapes. The LOP measures 14″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the pad. The plate has some light wear from use. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is a small spot of erosion and there is some scattered stubborn fouling.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 87% of its metal finish. There are some light scratches, scuffs, and nicks, some of the most noticeable are on the top of the barrel towards the front and on the left of the receiver. There is operational finish loss and scratching on the magtube. There are some spots of discoloration from oxidation, most noticeable on the barrel on the right side at about the middle. There are scattered scuffs and rubs that have caused smooth spots. The edges have thinning and finish loss. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. It NOT slam-fire. The shotgun ejects out the bottom of the receiver. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This is a 12 Gauge Ithaca Model 87 Featherlight from 1989 with a 18 1/2″ barrel choked Improved Cylinder. This one was used by the LAPD as a less-lethal shotgun for use with bean bag rounds and has a plate on the bottom of the pistol grip that reads “BB / 253”. It has a green stock to signify its less-lethal rounds, the forend is still wood as a green polymer one was likely unavailable. The shells eject out the bottom, making this a great option for right and left handed shooters. This shotgun is in about Very Good condition but with the amount of crazies in Los Angeles, it really doesn’t surprise us that it shows use. The mechanics are sound and the bore is bright only a couple spots of minor erosion, hardly noticeable. This ought to make for a great gun for defense but will certainly be a nice addition to a collection, especially if you’re from the City of Angels. Please see our photos and good luck!