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 Post subject: Keith's M-37
PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 8:29 pm 
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The late Keith Houghtling worked in the Hi-grade department of the old Ithaca factory primarily doing checkering at the time I met him. This was his personal gun done the way he wanted it. In house engraver, Ralph Alpen did the engraving. It also has a trap barrel. 16 gauge btw.
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 Post subject: Re: Keith's M-37
PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 8:57 pm 
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Very nice in both craftsmanship and condition. Could you go into some of the particulars. I notice the top of the receiver is milled a little different than my 37 S. Was the receiver on this gun done to his specifications? Also I notice the trigger seems to have an extension? How was the duck's head on the stock colored? Thanks for showing us this piece.

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 Post subject: Re: Keith's M-37
PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:19 pm 
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Wow, just wow. What is the date of that gun?

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 Post subject: Re: Keith's M-37
PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:59 am 
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Keith loved his inlays. The color in the mallard came from tooth brush handles. The receiver is prewar, the barrels not interchangeable with Simmons ribs. When certain parts were declared obsolete, Keith was able to buy them at 'scrap prices.' The ramp was added-somewhat like a M-12 duck bill. Here are a few photos of his inlays. This is a unique gun in the truest sense of the word.
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 Post subject: Re: Keith's M-37
PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:36 am 
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This is a unique gun indeed. Thank you for the additional information. I noticed that the receiver had the same cuts on it as an earlier gun yet it sports a roto forge barrel and post 54 magazine nut. I was curious as to about when the gun may have been completed and what type of threads where used on the barrel. Would it be possible to get a picture of the top of the receiver? The ramp really intrigues me, I myself do not remember seeing one like it. Thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: Keith's M-37
PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 3:10 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Keith's M-37
PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:27 pm 
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One last bit--
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Keith Lavern Houghtling.
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At his bench.
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A few of his templates used on the Knicks, damaged finger and all.


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 Post subject: Re: Keith's M-37
PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:49 pm 
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That is a beautiful gun. I am the grandson of Kieth, and I was only able to obtain one gun made by him. A gorgeous 12 gauge. Of you ever wanted to get rid of this I would have a great intrest in it. It is great to be able to Google ithaca gun, and my last name and find him and his work, even though he passed in 1995. Lavern is my grandmother and passed this year. I completely understand if you would want to keep such a beautiful gun, but if you were ever interested in letting it go, please consider me.


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 Post subject: Re: Keith's M-37
PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:03 am 
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I believe Ithaca Gun out in Upper Sandusky may have some of his old tools on display. Maybe it was McGraw's engraving tools. I have some guns checkered by your grandfather. Incredible craftsmanship. Sorry to hear about your grandmother. My grandfather worked at the old factory as well and knew your grandfather. My grandfather passed back in 1976. Luckily we have some guns he "put together." One 37 has Kieth's checkering and is grade 7 wood.


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 Post subject: Re: Keith's M-37
PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 9:24 am 
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Beautiful gun. thanks for sharing.


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 Post subject: Re: Keith's M-37
PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:19 pm 
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Absolutely beautiful and really cool story. Thanks for sharing




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