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The Ithaca Model 37: A Forgotten 'Trench Gun'

While eclipsed by the far-better-known Winchester Model 97 and Model 12 “trench” and “riot” shotguns, the Ithaca Model 37 served from World War II all the way through Vietnam.

Wartime Winchesters

In its advertisements on the back page of this magazine during World War II, Winchester touted the company as having been “On Guard for America Since 1866.” This was never more true than when it produced arms and ammunition to help defeat Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.

I Have This Old Gun... Winchester Model 1897 “Trench Gun”

This year marks the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into “The War To End All Wars,” as it was dramatically called. But rather than end wars, it changed them—armored vehicles were employed and aerial warfare literally took battle tactics to new heights.

Combat Shotguns of the Vietnam War

Shotguns with familiar names—Ithaca, Remington, Winchester, Savage and Stevens—served American troops with distinction in the steaming jungles of Vietnam.

The Ithaca Model 37 in U.S. Military Service

While eclipsed by the far-better-known Winchester Model 97 and Model 12 “trench” and “riot” shotguns, the Model 37 Ithaca served from World War II all the way through Vietnam.

Winchester Model 1897 Riot Gun

The 1897 was considered the “bad boy” of smoothbores.

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