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 Post subject: 1975 37 featherlight
PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 9:13 pm 
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New to the site site today here is a picture of my Ithaca Model 37 featherlight 12g 28” barrel with a fixed MOD choke.. I have owned it since 1978 she is my baby




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 Post subject: Re: 1975 37 featherlight
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 4:49 am 
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Nice! I have a ‘75 with the same specs.
Yours looks to be in great condition.

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 Post subject: Re: 1975 37 featherlight
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 6:36 am 
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Thank you
the old ”37”sat idle for many many years as Golf was my go to sport, so recently I decided to bring the old girl back out again and get her all cleaned up and start using her again at the firing range that’s near my location. And in doing so I it has reminded me of that love hate relationship we have on this old mans shoulder lol, but it’s a lovey relationship.

Sorry for the photo being sideways not sure how that happened


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 Post subject: Re: 1975 37 featherlight
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 6:50 am 
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In the second pic I see the rib on yours. Mine has a plain barrel. What type of shooting? Any hunting?

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 Post subject: Re: 1975 37 featherlight
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 2:49 pm 
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No more hunting for me gave that up but anyway I just learned after owning this for many years to identify this 37 they added an R so 37R which represents ribbed something I did not know, I live just outside of Philadelphia where it’s a concrete/blacktop jungle, so I’m only using it at the range now until there is a farm about 40 minutes drive from me where they have a riffle range however it’s on shutdown just like everything else.


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 Post subject: Re: 1975 37 featherlight
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 3:33 pm 
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Nice gun. The 37R you refer to was for when Ithaca offered solid rib guns. From 1937 to the early 60's vent ribs where only found on Skeet and Trap grade guns because of the high cost in making them. In the early 60's the 37V came out with a more cost friendly design. This gun would have been comparable to the 37R only with a vent rib. The solid rib would eventually be phased out in favor of the more economical style and trendy vent rib. By the mid 70's vent rib barrels where becoming relatively common. Your gun would be considered a field grade. A deluxe grade gun for this time would be basically the same only with a recoil pad.

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 Post subject: Re: 1975 37 featherlight
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 3:52 pm 
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Thanks for that info as I learn more and more about this


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 Post subject: Re: 1975 37 featherlight
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 3:59 pm 
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my brother did some gold leaf many years ago


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 Post subject: Re: 1975 37 featherlight
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 5:59 pm 
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Very nice guns I got my first in 1975 when I turned 14 and was able to duck hunt. 30 inch full choke but the switch to steel shot lead me to move on to other guns.


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 Post subject: Re: 1975 37 featherlight
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 11:30 am 
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A 1974 and a 1975.


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 Post subject: Re: 1975 37 featherlight
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 3:00 pm 
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Beautiful hardware, the picture it looks like the barrels that one is perhaps longer


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 Post subject: Re: 1975 37 featherlight
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 6:38 pm 
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gregbe1 wrote:
Beautiful hardware, the picture it looks like the barrels that one is perhaps longer


26" and 28" barrels


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 Post subject: Re: 1975 37 featherlight
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 7:12 pm 
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A couple of years ago I bought a new in the box 1976 Ithaca 37 Deluxe that looked unfired, missing the recoil pad.

An Ithaca 37 is built like the wonderful one hoss shay. It's as strong in every part as the other part, and it doesn't wear out.

On rare occasions an Ithaca 37 needs a part, say a firing pin or extractor, or little spring like under the right side shell stop.

You can call the Ithaca Gun Company and say what part you need, and they'll take one from a box that might have some parts in it that were made in 1937, or yesterday.

That folks, is real quality.

It's the finest repeating shotgun ever made.

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 Post subject: Re: 1975 37 featherlight
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 10:52 pm 
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Well said SuperX.




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