The Ithaca Gun Company may have gotten its start in 1883 but they didn’t begin producing their best-selling shotgun for another fifty years. That gun was none other than the Ithaca Model 37, a gun that itself had a long history. It got its start back in 1915 when John Browning entered a patent for a 20-gauge shotgun that would be sold as the Remington Model 17. Years later, Ithaca decided to produce a shotgun and opted for waiting for the patents on Browning’s gun to run out. They had believed the patent was set to run out in 1933 so they named their new shotgun the Model 33, but then they discovered it wouldn’t actually run out until 1937. Four years past the date originally hoped for, the Model 37 went into production.
The Ithaca Model 37 shotgun has a very specific claim to firearms fame: historically it enjoyed the longest-ever production run of all pump-action shotguns. It even outdid the Winchester Model 1912 which was the very gun that led to Ithaca’s production of their Model 37. Despite its popularity the pump shotgun saw a cessation of production in 2005, but fortunately for fans of the gun it’s back in production for 2016.
From Ithaca and MKS Supply:
“Manufactured by Ithaca in a joint and exclusive effort with Inland
Manufacturing, the Ithaca Model 37 “trench gun” is back. This new,
all-American-made combat shotgun is faithful to the original from its
bead sight, Parkerized finish, oiled stock, and ventilated hand guard to
its hard-to-miss bayonet lug that fits the long 1917 bayonet.
The receiver is CNC-machined from a solid block of steel and features
the same military markings as the original. Also like the original, it
loads and ejects through the bottom of the receiver.
Charles Brown of MKS Supply, the exclusive marketer for the Model 37
says–‘or those who want a mean-looking, authentically reproduced
combat shotgun, the new Ithaca/Inland Model 37 will be both fun to shoot
and a good-looking, authentic combat firearm once used by our troops in
* Caliber: 12 gauge (3-inch)
* Weight: 6.7 pounds
* Barrel: 20 inches
* Finish: Parkerized
* Overall length: 38.5 inches
* Stock: American Walnut (oil finished)
* Capacity: 4+1 rounds (4 in magazine, one in chamber)
* Sight: Brass bead front
* Accessories: Military-style sling and one 15-round magazine
* MSRP: $1,239