Gun Report

Ithaca Model 37 Defense Gun Eight Shot 3-inch 12 Gauge

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The Ithaca was the best-handling, quickest, and most-intuitive-to-deploy self-defense arm tested. It also was the softest shooting, had the best trigger, and was the only firearm with fully accessible controls. And it was the most affordable of the tested shotguns.

Ithaca Model 37 Defense Gun Eight Shot 3-inch 12 Gauge

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Law Enforcement
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Action Type
Chamber Length
Choke Tubes
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Stock Material
Length of Pull
Drop at Comb
Drop at Heel

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The easy-to-load magazine tube allowed access from the bottom of the receiver, with desirable-for-close- quarters bottom ejection.
The Ithaca Model 37 Defense did it all for us, did it better, and did it at substantially lower cost than the other guns. The Ithaca was the only slide-action of the bunch that we could intuitively operate safety, slide, and trigger without breaking stockweld. It was easy to load, and its bottom ejection prohibits hulls from bouncing off of walls or doors.
The easy-to-access safety (left arrow) and slide release (right arrow) allowed manipulation of the gun without breaking grip on the firearm.
This representative pattern was fired from the Ithaca M37 off-hand at 12 yards using Remington #12B0 Express 2¾-inch buckshot. The twelve pieces of 1275-fps buckshot produced 12 holes well-centered. The large gaping hole in the lower right quadrant of the target is where the wad blew through.

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