ITHACA Model 37 ‘Featherlight’

PRICE: R 3,500.00 Incl. VAT
REFERENCE NUMBER: 1503

FEATURES:

MAKE Ithaca
MODEL 37 Featherlight
CALIBER 12 Gauge
ACTION Pump-Action
CAPACITY 7+1
CONDITION Good used condition

Item Description

FIREARM HISTORY AND FEATURES:

The Ithaca 37 (or Model 37) is a pump-action shotgun produced from 1937 by Ithaca Gun company, and is still in production today.
It was based on a 1915 design by firearms designer John Browning for a shotgun initially marketed as the Remington Model 17, with a few, light modifications, such as simplifying and cost-saving alterations of the firing pin and ejection mechanism.

The Ithaca 37 has been made in many different models and in large numbers for the civilian, military, and police markets, and has the longest production run for a pump-action shotgun in history, surpassing that of the Winchester Model 12, the original inspiration for Ithaca’s entry into the market.

The Model 37 was used by the United States Armed Forces in World War II, the Korean War, and especially the Vietnam War, where it gained a great reputation for reliability in the jungles of Vietnam when generally used by special forces/special operations forces like the Navy SEALs and Army Green Berets.
The largest single users outside the US Military were the New York City Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department.

An interesting and novel design feature of the Model 37 is that it utilizes a combination ejection/loading port on the bottom of the gun which leaves the sides closed to the elements. Since shot-shells load and eject from the bottom, operation of the gun is equally convenient for both right and left-handed shooters.

This particular Model 37 has an extended magazine tube and a pistol grip, and is a ‘Featherlight’ variant which was marketed to and popular amoung civilian shooters.

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FIREARM CONDITION:

This gun is in good to very good, used condition. It is mechanically sound and functional.
The overall finish (possibly Parkerized) is still very good with no visible wear marks and only the odd, tiny, light scratch in places, but nothing significant.
The original Model 37 plastic pistol grip has some very light scuff marks in places, but the foregrip is still in excellent condition.
The shotgun includes three sling swivel points.

FIREARM SUITABILITY:

This firearm is very well suited for home self-defense.

The absence of a shoulder stock makes this shotgun unsuitable for sport shooting (this actually excludes it from most sports due to their rules and regulations).
However if you remove the pistol grip and fit a shoulder stock (which is what I strongly recommend, and there are many after market ones available) it will then be suitable for the following sports:

  • SADPA DMG
  • IPSC Manual Shotgun – however a longer magazine tube would be preferable.
  • 3GN – however a longer magazine tube would be preferable.
  • PIN SHOOTING – Shotgun event

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