The clock is ticking to buy one of only 75 Ithaca Model 37 pumps custom built to commemorate the American icon’s 75th anniversary.
The newly minted 75th Anniversary Model 37 acknowledges its achievement as the longest production run on the planet for a pump shotgun . Today, Ithaca has returned to its glory days with the current management team, based in Ohio, operating the factory at maximum capacity to satisfy demand for the various Model 37 adaptations that include the Deerslayer, Featherlight, Trap Model, Turkey Slayer, Model 37 Waterfowl and the exquisite 28 Gauge.
Throughout its 75 years the Model 37 remained steadfast to its initial 1915 design by John Browning and John Pedersen. The Ithaca Model 37 with its bottom ejector port, which remains a hallmark of the shotgun.
Operating out of their factory in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, the team at Ithaca burned the midnight oil to create a special Model 37 worthy of the 75th anniversary milestone. The decision was made to distinguish the gun with 24-karat gold ornamentation on a black, steel receiver along with other gold touches. You’ll see laser-engraved banners, birds and commemorative wording complemented by gold external screws, trigger, shell stop and bolt release.
Following the Ithaca credo, the shotgun is manufactured entirely on-site with 100-percent American-made parts.
The 75th Anniversary Model 37 is only available in 12 gauge and will be delivered with Triple “A” Grade wood and a 28-inch barrel as standard. The price is $1,975. For collectors, the guns are stamped with a unique serial-number such as M371275-1, where M37 refers to the model, 12 is the gauge, 75 is the anniversary designation and 1 is the number in the production sequence.
The commemorative edition share’s the core engineering attributes of the Model 37 including 4+1 shell capacity, a receiver machined from a single block of steel, the Solderless Barrel System, barrel threaded into the receiver, lengthened forcing cone to reduce recoil and shot deformation, crisp 4-6 pound trigger pull, 3-inch chambers and three Briley screw-in chokes.