SOLD FOR: $1525
Make: Ithaca Gun Co., SKB
Year of Manufacture: Circa 1970-1978, Modern
Gauge: 20 Gauge, 3” Shells
Action Type: Hammerless Side by Side (SxS) shotgun with an Ejectors
Markings: The top of the left barrel is marked “MODEL 280 -20 GA- 3 CHAMBER -PROOF TESTED / ITHACA GUN CO., INC. ITHACA, N.Y. MADE IN JAPAN” and features an anvil between “ROTO” and “FORGED”. The top of the right barrel is marked “CUSTOM CRAFTED FOR ITHACA BY SKB”. The water table under the left barrel is marked “MOD”, “NP”, “S6287350” and “SKB”. The water table under the right barrel is marked “IMP”, “NP” and is serial matched. The forend iron is serial matched. The receiver and trigger guard feature floral scroll engravings. The water table is marked “SKB” and is serial matched.
Barrel Length: 25”
Choke: The left barrel is choked Modified and the right barrel is choked Improved Cylinder. The chokes are fixed.
Weight: 6 Pounds and 13.4 Ounces
Sights/ Optics: The front sight is a red bead fixed to the rib by the muzzle. There is a small metallic bead half way down the rib. The rib is serrated to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip: The stocks are two-piece wood featuring a checkered detachable forend, a checkered straight wrist, a fluted straight comb. A brass medallion on the belly and a black hard rubber butt-plate. The stocks have some light handling marks, nicks and scuffs. Notably, there are some scattered light nicks and scuffs on the forend with a small ding on the left side. Also, the brass medallion has some scuffs and nicks and is discolored. The LOP is 14” from the trigger to the rear end of the butt-plate. The drops are approximately 1.5” at the comb and 2.5” at the heel. The butt-plate has some light handling marks. Overall, the stocks are in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are both bright and have no erosion.
Overall Condition: The shotgun retains about 90% of its metal finish. There is light finish loss around the muzzles, several nicks and scuffs concealed by the forend, a light handling mark from the safety notch on the top-tang and a light scuff on the bottom tang. There are also a few light scattered handling marks. The markings remain clear. The screwheads have light tool-marks and remain serviceable. Overall, the shotgun is in Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrels lock with no play. The shotgun has a single trigger with a notch which is used to alternate firing between the left and right barrels. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box Paperwork and Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This Ithaca Gun Co. imported SKB Model 280 is a 20 gauge side by side shotgun chambered for 3” shells. SKB is a Japanese firearms manufacturer which was founded by Shigyo Sakaba (SaKaBa or SKB) which began to export shotguns in the 1960s. SKB’s products were primarily imported by Ithaca until 1978 when the American company went bankrupt. SKB survived Ithaca’s troubles and still exports shotguns to the United States today. This shotgun was manufactured sometime between 1970-1978 when Ithaca was importing SKB’s products. The shotgun has some handling wear but it is still beautifully crafted with floral scroll engraving and the gun is mechanically sound. You do not want to miss out on this shotgun!