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Old 03-16-2019, 07:47 PM   #1
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So this is a gun my father purchased new in 1946 when he got home from the war. It was purchased in a hardware store in Monette, AR. It has had a hard life. I remember this as the gun dad regularly took on our many duck hunts when I was growing up. Story is he loaned it to a friend in the late 1950ís and the friend lost it in the St. Francis river bottoms. He and dad found is covered in mud a week or so later. In the early 1970ís my brother loaned it to a buddy and he accidentally stuck the end of the barrel in the mud. Tried to clean it out but didnít get it all. His next shot put a swell in the end of the 30Ē full choke barrel the size of a half marble. It sat in a closet in my dads house for ten years or so.The blueing was badly worn and the buttstock was a shitty replacement. in the early 1980ís dads birthday was coming up and I got the gun and sent it to Ithaca. They were back in business at the time. They replaced the buttstock. The one on it was replaced with a terrible fitting stock when dads buddy lost it in the bottoms. They reblued the gun and replaced the barrel with a ribbed and threaded barrel with five chokes..
I will never forget the look on dads face when I gave him this gun for his birthday. Thatís one of the things you can give someone that has everything.i only wish I had some before pictures. The transformation is unbelievable. The corncob fore end is original.
Ithaca Model 37 Featherlight pump gun
This gun kills on both ends.
I sure miss my dad.
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What a treasure. Awesome restoration, but more importantly, great sentimental value. Great job dude!
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I have the 37 in 20ga. First shotgun handed down to me. Killed a lot of small game with it.
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I had a 20ga model 37 dad bought me in the 1970’s. It was stolen out of my brothers K-5 Blazer shortly after dad gave it to me. I would pay dearly to have that gun back. It had a fancy fore end, not like the old corncob.
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Mine has the ole corncob.
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That’s cool.
If I remember correctly, dad said he paid about $40.00 for his 12 ga model 37 in 1946
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You know you can hold the trigger and the gun will fire as fast as you can pump it. I’ve heard it was used in Vietnam because of that feature.
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One gun I truly loved was dove hunting with Daddy's gold trigger Sweet Sixteen Browning auto. Probably the smoothest, easiest to handle shotgun I've ever swung to my shoulder.
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One gun I truly loved was dove hunting with Daddy's gold trigger Sweet Sixteen Browning auto. Probably the smoothest, easiest to handle shotgun I've ever swung to my shoulder.
The Browning A-5 is a historic gun. Sweet 16 is highly collectible these days.
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Man, what a cool shotgun! Thanks for sharing.
Makes me think of that old saying, "if these walls could talk." Can you imagine if that gun could share its stories?
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