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#1 ron_brock

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 07:40 PM

As a followup to my question about M37 sling swivels, I would like to share some photos of an Ithaca Model 37 that I found.  I believe this may be a WWII trench gun that has been updated some.  The stock has been replaced with one from Herter's and the front sight has been added.  I found this gun sitting in a small gun shop and thought hey look at that cool Police shotgun.  As I grabbed it off the rack and looked at the bulged barrel I thought those three grooves look like they would be for a heat shield.  I then saw the bomb mark and RLB and thought this might be a military gun.  Note, I know nothing about military shotguns and have not paid that much attention to them.  I brought it home and started looking it up. 

 

Serial number is 61529 and barrel and receiver match.  This is just outside the recorded range, but I see conflicting information on that.  Hopefully Bruce can chime in to help. 

 

I picked up a heatshield and sling swivel from Parts for Antique guns.  I also found another 1940s model 37 that is all original and picked it up for a donor buttstock.  Hoping to iron out the bulge some and add the heatshield and stock to get it looking good again. 

 

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 08:25 PM

Ron,

You are truly a hard guy to keep with. A Rem 35, a Win 401 And now a military Ithaca 37.

I'm afraid to scroll down any farther.

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 09:22 PM

Dont worry Jim,

Thats all the surprises for now. It was finally nice enough to sit on the porch and take a few photos while the kids were at Grandmas.

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 10:18 PM

A very nice find. You have a good eye. Would love to see it when youre all done. I have 2 trench gun repros, no real deals, ones an 1897 Norinco and my M12 trench that I built 2 years ago. I shoot them in Wild Bunch matches. Been looking for a Stevens 520-30 donor to remodel but theyve gotten a little pricy, wouldnt be match legal but I like the way they look.

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 06:38 PM

According to the Ithaca shipping records, it was shipped as a trench gun in July 1942.  Too bad it's not original.  If so it would be a $20,000+ shotgun.


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Posted 08 April 2019 - 09:49 PM

My son, who is a custom gunsmith told me that he made a tool to take a bulge out of a shotgun barrel that he said works very well ... I have to admit that I didn't know that a bulge could be removed ... I learned something from this post ... And from my kid.


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Posted 09 April 2019 - 10:44 PM

I have a model 37 16 gauge featherlight. Loved it as a kid, still have it.
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Posted 10 April 2019 - 11:01 AM

stuff like this can be found very very low in the right spots because they're not "attractive" anymore.

 

 

 

 

I got my Stevens 620 for $120 last year.

took a lot of cleaning to get it running good. Took the barrel down to 18.25 cause the last few inches looked like a beaver tried eating it. 


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Posted 11 April 2019 - 10:15 PM

I paid 301.00 for my lightly refinished 1940 Winchester model 12 two years ago that I rebuilt into a trench gun. An original one would have been alot more. Figured that I couldnt hurt it.

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