Ithaca Model 37 Featherlight 16GA "SLAMFIRE"

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Description: FS: An Ithaca Model 37 "Slamfire" 16 gauge pump-action shotgun manufactured in 1952. It is in very good condition despite it being 69 years old. The bluing is excellent and the stocks have some use marks(see pictures) but are in above average condition.

OVERVIEW S# 466086 | 26" Barrel with Choke, 2-3/4" Chamber | Equipped with Poly-Choke Deluxe with Slug, Imp. Cyl., Mod, Imp. Mod., Full, and Extra Full Settings //// Condition: Excellent. 97% Blue Finish with a few light handling marks. Wood Stock is nice, solid, and in near mint condition with a few handling marks on the bottom. Ribbed Forend is in great condition. Mechanically functions smooth. The bore looks good and shiny.

Operation Loading the Ithaca 37 involves inserting shotshells of the proper gauge through the loading/ejection port in the bottom of the receiver and pushing them forward into the magazine until retained by the shell stop. The slide release is pressed and the slide retracted completely then pushed forward. Pulling the trigger fires the gun and releases the slide for reloading. On most models up to 1975, a second sear was installed that would drop the hammer as soon the gun went into battery if the trigger was in a depressed condition. Thus, holding the trigger down allowed the gun to fire the instant a new round is cycled into the chamber without requiring the trigger to be released; this feature was called "slam-fire."

History Following the First World War, the Ithaca Gun Company sought to produce a pump-action shotgun to compete with the ubiquitous Winchester Model 1912. They used the Remington Model 17 as their model and made modifications—such as simplifying and cost-saving alterations of the firing pin and ejection mechanism, the work of Ithaca designer Harry Howland in 1931 while waiting for related patents to expire. After gearing for production of their new shotgun as the Ithaca Model 33 in 1933, Ithaca discovered a Pedersen patent that would not expire until 1937, and production had to be delayed. In 1937, it was released as the Ithaca 37.

After World War II, Ithaca resumed production of the Model 37. Made in many different models, the Ithaca 37 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. Ithaca has suffered many setbacks in its history and changed hands numerous times. At one time, the Ithaca 37 was renamed the Model 87, although it was soon changed back in one of many ownership changes. Production paused in 2005 when Ithaca once again changed hands.

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. The New York City Police Department used 2 versions of the Model 37: one with a 13" barrel with forend hand-strap for its Emergency Service Unit and one with an 18" barrel for its Highway Patrol and solo patrol officers of designated low-crime precincts through a short-lived program spanning from the late 1970s to early 1980s. The Model 37 was issued by the LAPD beginning in the 1940s and remained in service until the late 1990s. Other users include the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and various military, police, and security agencies and prisons around the world.

Condition: Used - See Item Description
Brand: Ithaca
Caliber: 16 Gauge
Location: SC

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Item #: 947102399
SKU: 37
Stock No.: 466086-4
Seller Since: Feb. 2015
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