Finally Got My Ithaca Model 37!!!

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    Talking Finally Got My Ithaca Model 37!!!

    I won the bid for it on GunBroker. It was manufactured in 1969 and it's in GREAT shape!! Been wanting a nice model 37 for a long time and finally got one! It even came in the original box with the warranty card! My digital camera is in repair so I took the pics with my cell phone. Check it out:







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    IMHO, one of the great shotguns of all time. Right up there with the venerable 870.

    Congrats!

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    Very nice. Congrats.
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    Nice one.

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    Sweet, congratulations.
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    My very own HD Shotty of choice.

    Positives:

    > Super Strong receiver machined from a solid block of gun steel.

    > Extremely positive feed and ejection. Very powerful feed.

    > Will feed and fire anything even the super shorties.

    > The early ones have no disconnect so keeping the trigger pulled will fire the 37 with every forward throw of the pump.

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    Negatives:

    > Very few aftermarket accessories available for the 37 should you ever want to "Tac" it up.

    Choate Machine & Tool makes a great folding stock for the 37 though.

    > The Roll Type engraving is some of the WORST artwork that I have ever seen on any firearm with those infamous flying decapitated game birds.

    > The short 37 Riot & Police barrels are really expensive IF you can even find one anywhere.
    Luckily I bought my ol' trusty 37 new and with the R&P barrel.

    All things considered fantastic shotgun.
    Congrats on getting one.

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    Thanks.

    Now I'm on the hunt for a deerslayer barrel but having a heckuva time finding one.

    Don't know if you know this but Norinco duplicated the Model 37 and calls it an M37 check the resemblance out:




    It's a pretty good duplication and I hear they're very good. Only problem is unlike their M1911A1 .45ACP pistol, (which I own one), where the parts are completely interchangeable with the original Colt M1911A1...the M37 Shotgun parts arent..I was hoping they were. It does have the bottom eject though.

    While checking out parts for the Ithaca Model 37 I hit the Ithaca site and they're going to be coming out with a Model 37 Tactical shotgun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    My very own HD Shotty of choice.

    Positives:

    > Super Strong receiver machined from a solid block of gun steel.

    > Extremely positive feed and ejection. Very powerful feed.

    > Will feed and fire anything even the super shorties.

    > The early ones have no disconnect so keeping the trigger pulled will fire the 37 with every forward throw of the pump.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Negatives:

    > Very few aftermarket accessories available for the 37 should you ever want to "Tac" it up.

    Choate Machine & Tool makes a great folding stock for the 37 though.

    > The Roll Type engraving is some of the WORST artwork that I have ever seen on any firearm with those infamous flying decapitated game birds.

    > The short 37 Riot & Police barrels are really expensive IF you can even find one anywhere.
    Luckily I bought my ol' trusty 37 new and with the R&P barrel.
    Right! I'm hoping that the company would consider making the old Model 37 parts...there's alot of them still out there.
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    I have that exact shotgun in 20 and 12 guage. The 12 is the deerslayer, and the 20 is my rabbit gun. My father owns the OLDER model. The design works great for me being left handed, as they eject out the bottom. Also they're super light weight, which is great when draggin em through woods n fields.

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    Check out GunsAmerica website.
    I have been looking for Barrel for my 37 and found several on there.
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    I had one about the same vintage. Traded it for an 870. What a dummy!
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    Awsome. Congrats!

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    Beautiful. I had a model 37 featherlight police model several years ago. Made in 1976 I believe. Alot of gunsmiths won't work on them any more because of the 'slam-fire' capability and safety/liability concerns. After about six months worth of trials and tribulations---including having been sent to Wilson's combat in the early 90's, and Ithaca the company themselves------I finally found someone who would parkerize mine, and renew all the springs as well as front site post. Just an FYI, and this fellow does some great work in the Ithacas as he worked for the company and knows his stuff.
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    Very nice buy. My buddy has a 37 too, it's great gun.
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