What Is an Ithaca Featherlight 37?

The Ithaca Gun Co. Model 37 Featherlight is a pump-action shotgun that the company first made in 1937. It comes in 28-, 20-, 16- and 12-gauge in lengths of 26, 28 or 30 inches. The shotgun has a walnut stock and game-scene engraving, and the receiver is made of a solid block of aluminum or steel. Outdoor Life calls it the best pump-action shotgun on the market.

The Ithaca Model 37 Featherlight includes no soldering in its manufacture, which the company says results in the strongest, straightest barrel on the market. Strength also results from the barrel being entirely machined of a better grade of steel, the company says. The barrels are never warped from heat during the manufacture and so never require straightening, the company says. The vent rib attaches to the barrel with one screw, Ithaca says, making it easy to replace.

The gun is "lovely to behold" and "a lovely shooter" and boasts fine-quality machining and craftsmanship, according to OutdoorLife.com. The shotgun reviewed by the Outdoor Life writer weighs a bit less than 6 pounds and has a 28-inch barrel. Its trigger resistance is 5 pounds 3 ounces, which the reviewer calls decent. The gun's handling qualities, including swing and balance, are top-notch, he writes. Other guns look like they are made by machines, for machines, but the M37 Featherlight looks like it's built with a human touch, and the writer says the shotgun attracted much attention at his gun club.