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 Post subject: 1937 M37 serial #1109
PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2020 4:41 pm 
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I stumbled on an early M37 today. 12 gauge, 30 inch full choke plain barrel. The listing said "early gun under #1500". I wasn't really interested but luckily I mentioned it to Ian (1977cutcher) this morning and asked him what he thought about it. He told me to consider that it might be a single extractor, or "topless" gun. For those who don't know the history, Ithaca introduced the M37 with a single bottom extractor but had a lot of service work due to difficult extraction. At serial #2200, Ithaca started shipping with a re-designed receiver and breech block and an added top extractor. The barrel also had an extra notch added for the top extractor. In addition, the factory also allowed the first 2199 guns to come back and get fixed. So finding a topless gun is not an easy task. This one is in fact a rarely seen single extractor gun. Thanks for the guidance, Ian! I owe you a drink.
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 Post subject: Re: 1937 M37 serial #1109
PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2020 9:03 pm 
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Great find!! And in very nice condition from the photos.


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 Post subject: Re: 1937 M37 serial #1109
PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2020 10:29 pm 
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Local gun? That's a keeper for sure. You needed another 37 anyway. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: 1937 M37 serial #1109
PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2020 4:12 am 
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ithacanut wrote:
Great find!! And in very nice condition from the photos.

Thanks Walt. This gun has been for sale locally for awhile. It never piqued my interest because it's a 12 gauge plain barrel. Thankfully I talked to Ian about it. I would say the condition is about 85%... the checkering and wood condition is better than the metal.
Mike... everyone needs another 37! :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: 1937 M37 serial #1109
PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2020 7:49 am 
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Well done. A feather in your collecting cap for sure.

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 Post subject: Re: 1937 M37 serial #1109
PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2020 7:59 am 
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Sweet find!

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 Post subject: Re: 1937 M37 serial #1109
PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2020 6:19 am 
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Nice. You never know what will turn up!!!


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 Post subject: Re: 1937 M37 serial #1109
PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2020 9:43 am 
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I really like the looks of that gun .
The wear on the receiver and magazine tube suggests that it was used a lot . Obviously cared for, I'm glad it's gone to a good home .

I stared at an three digit serial number gun at a gun show and couldn't figure out what I was missing . It was in terrible condition . Latter in the week it hit me that I hadn't checked the extractor .


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 Post subject: Re: 1937 M37 serial #1109
PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2020 10:59 am 
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Glenn Kelley wrote:
I really like the looks of that gun .
The wear on the receiver and magazine tube suggests that it was used a lot . Obviously cared for, I'm glad it's gone to a good home .

I stared at an three digit serial number gun at a gun show and couldn't figure out what I was missing . It was in terrible condition . Latter in the week it hit me that I hadn't checked the extractor .

Your assessment is spot on Glenn. This gun has been well used but it is cleaner than probably half of the other used guns I have bought. The wood has been refinished at some point but the checkering is untouched and the stock is not oil soaked or cracked. I think it looks like an 83 year old gun is supposed to look.
Too bad about the gun you didn’t buy. If it was me, it would be the agony of always wondering if it was a single extractor gun.
I was lucky enough to “phone a friend” on this one. I have become a snob about plain barrel 12 gauge guns to the point that I barely even glance at them now. I’m going to start paying more attention.


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 Post subject: Re: 1937 M37 serial #1109
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2020 9:09 am 
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Anything with pre-war wood gets my attention!!! The first year guns are pretty special in my book, no matter the grade.




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