Ithaca Model 37 Ladies Stock

Description

The Ithaca Model 37 Ladies Stock is a pump-action hunting shotgun chambered for 20 gauge.

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Specifications

Featherlight
Capacity: 5
Sights: Fiber optic sights
Features: Engraving on the side of the receiver<br />Truglo sights; Pachmayr 752 decelerator recoil pad; available with vent rib barrel; and bottom ejection
Gauge: 20 gauge
Stock: Walnut
Material/Finish: Steel/blue
Type: Pump
Chokes: Full<br />Improved cylinder<br />Modified
Website: http://www.ithacagun…
Weight: 6.8 pounds
Barrel Length: 26"<br />28"
Length of Pull: 14.25"
Overall Length: 45.6"<br />47.6"
Drop at Comb: 1.5"
Drop at Heel: 2.25"
Bore: 2.75"<br />3"
Ultralight
Capacity: 5
Sights: Fiber optic sights
Features: Engraving on the side of the receiver<br />Truglo sights; Pachmayr 752 decelerator recoil pad; available with vent rib barrel; and bottom ejection
Gauge: 20 gauge
Stock: Walnut
Material/Finish: Aluminum/blue
Type: Pump
Chokes: Full<br />Improved cylinder<br />Modified
Website: http://www.ithacagun…
Weight: 5.8 pounds
Barrel Length: 26"<br />28"
Length of Pull: 14.25"
Overall Length: 45.6"<br />47.6"
Drop at Comb: 1.5"
Drop at Heel: 2.25"
Bore: 2.75"<br />3"
MSRP$859.00

Editor Review

It’s a lot more than a MAN’S pump shotgun with a cut-down stock

I love to shoot and hunt with a shotgun.  There’s nothing more satisfying to me than busting clays or heading to the field, gun in tow, in pursuit of anything and everything from doves, quail, pheasant, chukar, ducks, geese and turkey. The problem is, I always head to the field or the range with a gun that was built for, fits and shoots for a man.

And I am not a man!  I’m a woman that measures 5’1” in height, a full 105 pounds – soaking wet – and like most every lady, I have boobs, high cheek bones, and shoot like a woman.

So, do any of the field and hunting shotguns from any of the major gun makers fit me?  How about no and hell no. Most makers spend more dollars (and we’re talking millions here) on developing guns that are made for young men and youth shooters rather than adult women.

Until lately, not a one of them considered women to be worthy of virtually any shotgun, rifle, pistol, revolver or even much clothing.

And yet – gentlemen – if you read the buying statistics, they show that women are the largest growing market in terms of new shooters and hunters. We are buying more bows, shotguns, rifles, and handguns than any other new segment of the marketplace.

So, what are the companies making firearms or outdoor shooting gear for us?

Well, not too damn many, but how about some applause for the Ithaca Gun Company from Upper Sandusky, Ohio – to date, they’re the only shotgun maker that has seen, realized and stepped-up to making shotguns for women, with specs that fit women, and are easy for women to handle.



It’s the Ithaca Model 37 in 20 gauge, called the Ladies Stock model. And no – it is not just a man’s shotgun stock for the Model 37 that has been cut down.  It is actually a shotgun stock for the venerable Ithaca Model 37 that has been cut, tuned and fitted for a woman. The designers at Ithaca listened to a host of notable women shooters, and decided to take a chance on building a shotgun from the ground up for the ladies.

The Design

It is a pump action shotgun designed after old models originally produced by Remington. The design requires shells to be loaded into the bottom of the receiver, and as they are shot they eject from the bottom of the receiver too. It’s an ideal design for you right- or left- handed shooters because the shells eject downward and not across your face. Being ambidextrous, I can shoot it both ways.

How’s it feel?

My test gun, out of the box was the 20 gauge Featherlight (single block steel receiver) with a 28” barrel and a choice of Full, Modified or Improved Cylinder chokes, included by the factory. It tipped the scales at 6.8 pounds, and was one of the first shotguns that I put together out of the box, shouldered and felt that it actually might fit me.

The stock was kind of short, but it came up to my face nicely.



The grip was kind of thin, but my small hand still felt good wrapped around it.



And it fit kind of high to my cheek, but had a good, face to stock fit.

Handling in the Field

The Featherlight, at 6.8 pounds, is light enough to be carried in the field while out hunting and it comes up quickly, but isn’t so light that it feels like you are pointing and swinging a broomstick. It also has enough weight to handle light field to heavy-hunting loads without beating you up.

The drop at comb measurements are probably one of the most critical, in that this controls the position of the shooter’s eye in the horizontal position, relative to the gun. If you can’t get your cheek positioned correctly on the stock then you are going to miss clay or live birds, and it’s going to grate and bruise your cheekbone. Having the shotgun’s comb to a slightly raised level helps a lot.



The length of pull on a shotgun’s stock refers to the actual length of the stock and for women it’s often shorter than on a man’s shotgun. At 14.25”, it is more ideal for a woman, but it may not be ideal for you. To realistically check the stock length, put the shotgun in the bend of your elbow, and with your trigger finger extended then see where it fits in or around the trigger and trigger guard. If you can comfortably have the gun resting in the bend of your arm and touch the trigger, chances are excellent that the gun will fit you properly. However, if your finger can’t reach the trigger and operate it, chances are the stock is too long and needs to be cut down to fit you. Ithaca will custom cut the stock to fit you for an additional $30, which is mighty fine price.



How’s the shooting?

In our tests, I used the shotgun in the raging hot Arizona desert for dove this past season. I normally shoot a Browning Gold Sporting Clays that weighs in at 7.9 pounds. Two days of hunting with the Ithaca and I did not miss the extra weight of my Browning at all in the 104 degree desert heat! While the Model 37 Ladies Stock shotgun takes an autoloader girl a little while to learn that it has to be pumped after firing, overall the gun fits, swings, shoots and has minimal recoil with both light field loads even up to magnums!

The Verdict

Like the old saying goes…. “Strong enough for a man, but made for a woman!”

Check out what others say about the Ithaca Model 37 Ladies Stock:

Peer Review: The Ithaca Model 37 With Ladies Stock Pump Gun by Irwin Greenstein, shotgunlife.com