SOLD FOR: $1900
Model: 37 Featherlight Military and Police (M&P)
Serial Number: 371136173
Year of Manufacture: 1970 (https://ithacagun.com/serial-numbers/)
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 ¾” Shells
Action Type: Pump / Slide Action, Tube Magazine Fed Shotgun
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “MODEL 37 – FEATHERLIGHT – 12 GA. – 2 3/4 CHAMBER – PROOF TESTED / ITHACA GUN CO., INC. ITHACA, N.Y. MADE IN USA – ROTO FORGED”, with an anvil and “CYL”. The right side of the barrel is marked with an anvil proof. The right side of the receiver is marked with the serial number “371136173” and an anvil proof.
Barrel Length: 20″
Choke: Cylinder Bore, Fixed
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass bead fixed to the barrel at the muzzle. The top of the receiver is serrated for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two-piece wood with grooved slide-handle, pistol grip, straight comb and checkered black hard rubber Ithaca buttplate. There is a hairline crack on the bottom of the wrist at the left corner of the trigger guard. There is a hairline crack on the left side of the wrist. The stocks have some scattered light nicks, dings, scuffs and scratches, nearly all in the buttstock. Nearly all of the defects have colored with age. The LOP measures 14″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some little nicks and dings with heavier wear at the heel and toe. There is a small crack on the edge to the left of the heel screw. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright. There are some little spots of light surface erosion. There is a small dent on the right side of the barrel about 2” from the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 90% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at the edges. There is scattered light finish wear in the barrel and receiver with some scattered scuffs that have thinned the finish and a couple nicks. Some of the most noticeable spots of wear are on the left side of the receiver at the front, top of the receiver, and midsection of the barrel on the top. There are some spots of dark discoloration from previous oxidation, most noticeable on the left side of the receiver. There is a little dent on the right side of the barrel about 2” from the muzzle. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This shotgun will slam-fire. The shotgun ejects out the bottom of the receiver. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is an olive green web sling. The sling has some light wear and a few spots of minor discoloration. The metal fittings have some spots of oxidation. The sling rates in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This is an Ithaca Model 37 Featherlight Military and Police. The 37 was produced in a number of configurations, and this is one of the more popular for home defense or law enforcement. Its 20″ Cylinder Bore barrel is perfect for use with buckshot or slugs, fast-handling, and will combine with the 37’s notably smooth action and ability to slam-fire to make it a potent weapon for defending yourself. The shotgun has a magazine tube that holds four rounds, plus one in the chamber for five total. In addition to being a gun suitable for defense, it is a nice example of the Featherlight M&P model, great to add to an Ithaca collection. Please see our pictures and good luck!