One of the other projects I've fallen into in the last year or so is an Ithaca 37. I know some here really like these, and I've come to love them a lot. I'm convinced there is no finer pump gun and fully understand why the new ones on the market right now command the money they do.
The stocks on these, from the '30's at least to the mid-50's, are hand-fitted and hand-checkered and make the gun handle like a fine double. They are works of art and are very sweet pieces of lumber.
One of the ones I have ended up with is a 1946 model. This one retains a forearm from the "prewar" guns, and is known as a transitional model by those in the know-it signifies a transition to guns that have a ringtail forearm instead of a "tootsie roll" forearm like this one, and some other minor changes-like a formed/stamped shell lifter instead of a three-piece machined and soldered shell lifter-this one had the machined one, but they were known to separate at the solder joint-Ithaca typically replaces these with the stamped variety (which is what I did in this case).
This one I got for cheap. The bad news about this gun is that the muzzle was cut and bead installed very very poorly. Was a full choke, is now cylinder bore. Bead is canted way, way off, and is going to require a repair to make it right.
Anyway, here are some pictures of the gun pre- and post-cleanup. Enjoy!
These next two and the ones in the next post are after cleanup.