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1/22/2020 12:12:56 PM
Posted: 11/20/2012 2:10:03 PM EST
Thinking about getting the wife one for hunting birds and possibly deer (not sure if they make swap out slug barrels).

Mostly want a nice pump with beautiful wood that is very reliable.

Willing to listen to suggestions also.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 2:11:52 PM EST
Buy it for her. Nuff said.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 2:12:19 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/20/2012 2:13:25 PM EST by USMC6177]
Model 37 with a smooth and rifled barrel. I have one in 20 gauge that I am saving for my daughters. I used it as a kid. It's fantastic.

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slayed more rabbits than any 12 year old boy has a right to do.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 2:14:54 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/20/2012 2:17:06 PM EST by WDEagle]
Look here

Women's model here

I've had mine for 40 years and it still looks great & functions perfectly.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 2:17:48 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/20/2012 2:18:16 PM EST by P35FAN]
My fathers 60+ year old Model 37 Feather Light has an action as smooth as oiled glass.
I think the 37`s make great bird guns.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 2:24:56 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/20/2012 2:25:27 PM EST by g3shooter]
My dad has a Featherlight 37.

DO NOT GET THE FEATHERLIGHT FOR CASUAL SHOOTING.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 2:25:32 PM EST
None better made MUO!
Model 37 pistol grip
Police Special with slam fire tacti-cality
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 2:25:55 PM EST
Originally Posted By P35FAN:
My fathers 60+ year old Model 37 Feather Light has an action as smooth as oiled glass.
I think the 37`s make great bird guns.


I have shot a .50 bolt action that recoiled less.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 2:36:31 PM EST
I had a Ithaca Deerslayer years ago and it would not group worth a damn with sabots so I shot Brennekes.Moved to FL so I didn't need a rifled shotgun anymore and promptly sold it. I just remembered, I slipped on ice while hunting and fell to my knees and ripped the pump and magazine tube right off like it was nothing.Fixed it myself just had to order parts.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 2:48:45 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/20/2012 2:50:49 PM EST by FLATFOOT762]
I've had several Ithaca's over the years. They are awesome shotguns, especially for us lefty's!

I don't have any experience with the newer Ithaca's, but the old ones were fantastic. This spring, I'm going to find another stock for my M37 20ga, and have it cut down for my daughter to use.

ETA: My DSII shot the best with the old BRI sabots. It would put three slugs into about 1 1/2 inches at 100yds.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 2:54:12 PM EST
Older Ithacas were the bomb. Still have my model 51 auto, it is a quality, solid piece. My brother has an XL 900 20 gauge that is sweet as hell. He use to have a 37, it was smooth as silk when stroked, wish I had bought it from him.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:05:46 PM EST
Originally Posted By P35FAN:
My fathers 60+ year old Model 37 Feather Light has an action as smooth as oiled glass.
I think the 37`s make great bird guns.






grandpa's gun. it was kept in his barn to shoot pests so the pitting is expected. i emailed them the serial number and he purchased it in the 1940's (cant recall which year).

other than it looking crummy it shoots and feels awesome! i want to purchase a new one!
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:10:31 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:28:59 PM EST
I have a ithaca deer slayer that my grandfather put together when he was a machinists working for ithaca gun, it is the best shotgun I own. That gun was built 50+ years ago. Can't vouche for the company now though.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:32:32 PM EST
The originals that were made in the Ithaca factory in NY are great. I think they have been bought out and moved around a few times now.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 9:48:27 AM EST
37s are sweet. You might also take a look at a Browning BPS.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 9:52:15 AM EST
worth the purchase. go for it
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 9:56:42 AM EST
Have two 37's. Great guns.

One is an Ultralight English 20ga. Rare gun, punishes you even worse than the Featherlights. Its a joy to carry all day. Its torture to shoot clays. lol
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 9:59:30 AM EST
I have my dads skeet grade 37 it has killed a lot of doves and other critters over the years, runs great and is over 50 years old ,
I have a model 37 riot gun I bought used and had refinished . Both are slam fire . Great choices for pump guns.

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Link Posted: 11/21/2012 10:02:37 AM EST
A Model 37 Featherlight was my first shotgun and man how I wish I never sold that thing
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 10:02:43 AM EST
12 gauge model 37 feather light is a great shotgun. I own 2.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 10:20:00 AM EST
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 10:23:13 AM EST
Originally Posted By P35FAN:
My fathers 60+ year old Model 37 Feather Light has an action as smooth as oiled glass.
I think the 37`s make great bird guns.


This, grew up on a steady diet of 37's bought in the 50's by my Grandparents. 20,16,12 in that order. Sweetest slide ever made.

Link Posted: 11/21/2012 10:27:13 AM EST
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 10:27:59 AM EST
Originally Posted By Aimless:
Ithaca Shotguns has about as much to do with Ithaca Shotguns as Armalite has to do with Armalite, if you get my drift

Ithaca one went under years ago. They had a good reptutation. I saw pre WWII Ithaca shotguns still in use by police up here up until maybe 5 years ago and they were beat like a rented mule

Ithaca two had the same name and maybe some same employees, went out of business because they were not making money

Ithaca three is some guys in Ohio who bought the name


Ithica 3 looks like they are trying to be like Ithica one. I saw a show on the Sprotsman channel about them. All new guns are made to spec of the originals minus the auto trigger/slam fire(whatever it's called) Im tempted to buy one of the defense ones with wood and the corn cobb pump.

Link Posted: 11/21/2012 6:23:56 PM EST
I have a 37 featherweight DSPS I bought from a police surplus place in 1981 for $175. I later found a 26 inch improved vent rib barrel for it for $45. Easy to carry but kicks like a rented mule with slugs. Slam fire feature is a kick too. Not so sure a Rem 1100 or 1187 in 20 gauge might not be a better choice.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 6:36:35 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/21/2012 6:40:28 PM EST by luvpilot]
Originally Posted By theboz118:
Originally Posted By P35FAN:
My fathers 60+ year old Model 37 Feather Light has an action as smooth as oiled glass.
I think the 37`s make great bird guns.


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grandpa's gun. it was kept in his barn to shoot pests so the pitting is expected. i emailed them the serial number and he purchased it in the 1940's (cant recall which year).

other than it looking crummy it shoots and feels awesome! i want to purchase a new one!


I have one just like it. Pheasants on the other side right?

Featherlight 37 in 16 ga in EXCELLENT condition.

Grandpa bought it new

He gave it to my dad for his first pheasant hunt.

Dad gave it to me on mine

I'll pass it on to my son's

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