Ithaca Model 37 Trench Gun

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 8:12 am
I thought of the 6 shot myself, but the old military buckshot loads were 2 1/2" shells, not 2 3/4". I haven't loaded any yet, but I have some 2 1/2" hulls to try.

Just passing along some interesting articles. The Gov't bought more '37's during the Viet Nam conflict than they did during WWII.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:59 am
Hello:
I have a genuine m-37 trench gun. My father bought it from the CMP in the late 50's. The serial # is lower than the supposed "block: of numbers issued for these guns. The Gov. moved in and bought and converted m-37's still on the line BEFORE the contract model (beginning sometime in February of 1942). Contract work started with deliveries in May/June of 1942.
Gun has all markings, etc. except a sling.
These appear to be extremely rare. Number bought in this manner is unknown to me.
Barrels from commercial m-37's will not fit.

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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 10:28 am
1942 mystery gun. Other than the buttstock, is it original?
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What is this? I got the gun 10 years ago at an estate sale. The buttstock was missing, so I know this part isn't original. It has a Cutts Compensator that looks factory original.
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 8:13 pm
During WWII sporting guns where bought by the military to train bomber plane gunners. They would put the gunners on flat bed trucks and drive down the road while shooting at clays. I suspect it is possible this gun started out as one of these guns. The conspirator and re- finished would of been added after the gun was released from service.

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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 11:11 am
1977cutcher wrote:During WWII sporting guns where bought by the military to train bomber plane gunners. They would put the gunners on flat bed trucks and drive down the road while shooting at clays. I suspect it is possible this gun started out as one of these guns. The conspirator and re- finished would of been added after the gun was released from service.


I saw one for sale in the 1980's. Wish I would have bought it!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:45 pm
g.g.ands wrote:Can anybody tell me what the buttplate design was on the WWII version of the M37 Trenchgun?



I can't say for sure this was WWII issue, but about 30 years ago I bought a milsurp M37 buttstock from Numrich. It came with a Parkerized steel buttplate, which may still be in my shop somewhere.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2021 4:36 am
I'd love an M37 trench gun but that's a dream that will never materialise. I live in England and our laws dictate that pump action shotguns must have a barrel that's at least 24".
I have an 1897 that someone has previously cut done to 24" and I also have one of the few remaining parkerised DSPS with a 24" barrel that were imported in the early 80s. I love that gun and I'd like to know how many are left. Gun laws have changed since then and some will have been surrendered and others restricted to meet the newer laws for shotgun certificates (we have a 2 tier system here for general firearms ownership)
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