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Old October 04, 2019, 20:16   #1
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WTT: Ithaca Model 37 12 Gauge Shotgun !

Over all very good condition with some handling marks and finish wear. 20" barrel 12 Ga. Early model with ability to "fanfire" Walnut stock with parked metal finish.

I reserve the right to deal with or not to whomever I please.

I have rethought this and at least for the moment I am not interested in a direct sale, only in a trade for the below item. I do apologise for any confusion.

I have always wanted a Win Model 97 military/police model. Must be in all original/serviceable condition I realize it may be a long shot and that there may be a price differential in a trade but its worth asking for. So for the moment that is all I would want to trade.

Must go to FFL. Not sure about C&R?

Please PM or email me with questions S181715@aol.com.

Thanks for looking!





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Old October 04, 2019, 21:36   #2
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Damn !!! I use to own almost an identical version (mine had the rifle sights) and loved it...!!! Got it here cheap as it had taken a round through the magazine tube at some point )but cleaned up it still functioned till a friend from the US brought a new one over for me @1993. I am always torn between the 870 and M37 when asked for a favourite....good luck with the sale !
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Old October 04, 2019, 22:05   #3
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Probably the last shotgun youll ever need. This thing HURLS the shells out the bottom and has no ejector to wear out
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Old October 05, 2019, 03:31   #4
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You'll regret selling it.
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Old October 05, 2019, 16:15   #5
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Probably the last shotgun youll ever need. This thing HURLS the shells out the bottom and has no ejector to wear out
+1 My 82 yr old Dad swears by them and its the only pump shotgun he 'll own...
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Old October 05, 2019, 18:16   #6
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looks to be an 8 shot Military Police model, real scarce

you can't just twist on a tube extention. 37's need a different mag tube and barrel
looks like a decent example, most MPs are short tube 5 shot guns

870s and 500s are pure trash compared to vintage 37s
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Old October 05, 2019, 20:12   #7
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looks to be an 8 shot Military Police model, real scarce

you can't just twist on a tube extention. 37's need a different mag tube and barrel
looks like a decent example, most MPs are short tube 5 shot guns

870s and 500s are pure trash compared to vintage 37s
The slamfire 8 shots like this one are scarce but the 8 shot model isnt that hard to find. I think Ithaca discontinued the slam fire feature in the early 70s. During Vietnam they also had a 20in standard riot gun with a 20in FULL choke barrel. I dont know if the military used any of those but they were not popular with police for some reason. I have one...68 dated I think. Even with crappy buckshot its good to 50 yards.
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Old October 05, 2019, 21:51   #8
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I also had one of the Asian contract M37s (and a similar Stevens 77) that shipped to Vietnam in the 60s. Shorter butt and about 18 inches (could be wrong, it's been a bit) of barrel. I recall once putting a choke gauge in it and was shocked how tight the end of that barrel was. It was an absolute dream of a thing to wave around but given how light it was 00 buckshot was punishing !! I picked it out of a batch of 50 (the Stevens from as many too) and when I stripped it down there was a good deal of Vietnamese terra firma inside it !!! Took me some cleaning but it didn't need any replacement parts/springs to get it working like a charm, but the butt pad was perished to hell.
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Old October 05, 2019, 23:06   #9
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They refer to this model as a "featherlight" and it lives up to its name. Even fully loaded it just feels like nothing. As Andy mentioned the trade off is that it has a lot of thump with high base bs and slug loads.

Still all in all one hell of a lead sled.
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Old October 07, 2019, 12:45   #10
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Old October 07, 2019, 13:28   #11
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This is a DS Police model.
The featherweights were the commercial light weight guns.
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Old October 07, 2019, 15:34   #12
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This is a DS Police model.
The featherweights were the commercial light weight guns.
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Nope

DS indicates "Deer Slayer". Rifle sights, generally a Ray Bar front.
This example has a bead & thus an eight shot MP "Military Police"
MPs are phosphate finished with no receiver decoration

Featherlights use the same action as a MP

To expound further if you install a rifle sighted barrel on a MP model it is now a MP DS
Some of this normenclature changed in the 80s when the DS was offered as a stand alone model around the same time frame as the incorporation of a disconnector to prevent slam firing.

By the 90s Ithicagun was doing rather high end Deer Slayers with high polish blue, fancy wood, rifled barrels & cantilever scope mounts based on featherlight actions

These days they are about the only old school gun company still willing to build a gun to the customers demands through their Custom Shop, Colt and S&W barely do it, Remington and Winchester really don't anymore much less Browning

You can literally order a clone of the posted MP here in high polish blue, XXX fancy wood and a cantilever scope mount but it's going to cost you serious cash

At one point Ithica MPs were dead common in LE
Remington managed to get well below the MPs replacement cost with the 870, the 37 was just a great deal more labor intensive to manufacture
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Old October 07, 2019, 16:12   #13
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I had one a little while ago and it was indeed a very cool gun, but I ran it occasionally in practical shotgun matches and it kept chewing up my thumb reloading fast under time pressure. That port was just too short. Then one night a friend showed up with its old buddy/competitor, the High Standard 18/7, and that was that. Bigger port, end of problem. Plus of course the 18/7 was Steve McQueen's gun in The Getaway, so, yknow, say no more. The 18/7 is still my home security system.
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Old October 07, 2019, 17:32   #14
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This is a DS Police model.
The featherweights were the commercial light weight guns.
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I am going by what it says on the barrel and it does say "Featherlight".
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Old October 07, 2019, 23:22   #15
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This is a DS Police model.
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......Featherlight not Featherweight...


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.....and if we are being pedantic it is Ithaca not "ithica"...
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I may have mistated things. I seem to recall that after the early 70s Ithaca continued to make slam fire guns for police sales, but not for civilian sales.
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Old October 09, 2019, 12:01   #17
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Looks just like a gun I missed out on at the Monroe WAC show many years ago. Still looking for one.
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Old October 09, 2019, 13:59   #18
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>I may have mistated things. I seem to recall that after the early 70s Ithaca continued to make slam fire guns for police sales, but not for civilian sales.

Correct. I bought a new-production LAPD model 37 (8 shot, parkerized) in 1981 from a police supply house in San Jose, that could be slam-fired.
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