Got dads old Ithaca Featherlight model 37 serial #661457 -2 out to oil.nice shape & tight.wondering year of manufacture & idea of value.serial# is on barrel can't find any on receiver? 12ga. mod.barrel w/pinkish/orange glow type bead. Thanks oldkid54
The Ithaca Model 37 Featherlight was made between 1979 and 1983 and is valued at $250.00 in very good condition.
Hope this helps,
Help - i'm confused?? as always!! dad quit hunting w/this in 1979.i first hunted in 1966 & dad had this 37 'his best possession'.there is large space between 661457 & -2.hope its serial# im looking at...Thanks for your time. oldkid54
Let me check it out again when I get off work.... Errors do happen, we're all human, and sometimes I read off the wrong line - happened before. I'll get back to you on the value and production dates.
Sorry for the error.... The Model 37 Featherlight started production in 1937. Must of copied the production date from the wrong line.
kcbuck - thanks for reply - im sure dad bought the 37 new but not sure of year.im guessing 1950's. the 661457 -2 serial # might be in that decade. i appreciate your time & wish you the best. dave
Anytime Dave, that's why we're here to help out....
Gulp!!! I sold mine several years ago for $100.00. Kick me someone.
Your Ithaca Featherlight M37 was produced in 1943. I have also added a link for other Ithaca owners to find the year there firearm was manufactured http://www.ithacagun.com/pdfs/serialnumbers.pdf
THANKS for the link to serial #'s. i think its 1957 not 1943 cause it has 6 #'s in serial #. 661457. it was down one more page. thanks again a cool link to have.
Sorry missed a digit there lol, Glad the link helped... I have a Ithaca M37 53 I found my M37 years ago at a gun store for 250. Needed some TLC to bring her back to life. Years of wear and tear, after I used massive amounts of CLP to clean off the dirt and carbon she is starting to look almost new again. A couple more cleanings and I am sure she will almost be back to showroom standard.
The "Corn cob" was a shotgun may dad also had and, the first shotgun I ever fired.
Every once in a while, I get the urge to pick one up. It is as though I will be getting the original one back. Just what my wife thinks I need; another gun!
Wife couldn't work from july - dec. w/broken heel. we have 8" of oil left in tank (feb 1). thought about it but still havn't sold the 37. every time i see it i get that 'good memories' big smile.
almost cold in pgh......
I could never imagine parting with my Ithaca, It would be hard to find one, as nice as mine again. But if I times were rough I could go thru the 30 some guns lol... The wife supports my hobby sooooooo she doesn't mind when I find a gun looking for a new home. They all need a new home especially if they have been neglected for years lol. With some TLC and oil might as well love em and let em get used again.
Might as well let the Military Training be useful lol
Mine was a 16 ga. Didn`t have any use for it at the time, because none of my buddies were into shotgunning.
Have 2 of the 37 16's. One made in 1948 and one in 1952.
Actually looking for an IC barrel for a pre- 885000.
I am looking for an older Ithica 12 ga Model 37 Featherlite in good to great conditon!
hi kim, mines in pittsburgh pa - you'd have to be close by.
Just bought one in Jackson Ca. for 150.00
I received a 12 ga. model 37 Featherlight as a gift a couple of years back. According to the serial #, it was made in 1952. Maybe I'm spoiled by my gas operated Berettas or maybe it's this age hardened recoil pad, but this Ithaca kicks like a mule. I've fired hundreds of different shotguns over the years, but I've never run in to one that kicked this bad unless I was shooting 3½" turkey loads. I own two other pump 12's, (Rem 870 & Win 1200) and their recoil is hardly noticeable when I'm hunting. I plan to replace the recoil pad with a Limbsaver brand pad and hope that makes enough difference, but if it doesn't, this one may be going up on the auction block, even if it was a gift.
i hunted w/grampap's j c higgins w/vent rib, adj choke & recoil suppressor. dad's 37 did have more kick but i had the suppressor slots & they help. think it may be weight related maybe? my higgins is a 10 lb shotgun......tired arms....
I'm sure that the mod 37's light weight is responsible for part of the big recoil. But I've fired guns of similar weight and don't recall them having a noticeably bad recoil. Maybe they did and I was just younger and didn't notice it.
I see that you listed the -2 at the end of your guns serial. Mine also has the 2 listed below the 6 digit serial but doesn't have a - in front of it. Have you discovered what this 2 signifies?
I live in Michigan? How much and do you have pictures?
Yea I found that link when I first started investigating my 37 but it doesn't show what the extra digit (in my case a 2) that follows the serial number means.
not sure i ever got an sure answer on that. if i remember correctly there may be a copyrighted book by someone & it's all about the model 37. i never verified that all the #s were explained in that book. i found out that dad's old 30-40 krag was assigned to the 1st cavalry by it's serial #. don't believe it saw any action.it was to clean. metal butt plate & kicked like a mule compared to my 8mm. 30-40 could go out past 150yds pretty flat. the 8mm was a dropper past 100.
whoa - drifting back to fond memories for a minute. BIG pennsylvania farm bucks & old caliber weapons...
wow a tough ? am sure it's a $400 model 37. use was minimum & well maintained. nice walnut. not sure my heart can sell it. realized it is the only thing dad ever bought for himself. OH NO i feel something....i think it's emotions..... can't be men hate that....
OK, I'll keep searching for that info then. My 37 isn't that great, condition wise. It operates flawlessly but has a lot of bluing wear and the finish on the stock around the recoil pad is pretty rough. About what I'd expect for a gun of this age that wasn't mistreated but was used to hunt with regularly for a lot of years. My brother-in-law inherited some guns from his uncle when he passed away. He doesn't hunt and I have my whole life, so he gave them to me. The Mod 37 and a prized pre war Win mod 70 in 270 cal. were both made in 1952 according to serials. He's still got a Winchester 22 Hornet bolt action that I'm not sure what he plans to do with. The guns are from your PA farm area as he lived there his whole life.
Don't know if I'm posting this in the right spot. But I just picked up a model 37 with a 3 digit serial number of 219 making it from 1937. I paid $150 for it. Is it worth anything?