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    Favorite WWII Trench Guns

    Might as well keep this theme rolling. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the historical eye candy many of y’all have generously shared thus far. I’ve got nothing to contribute in this category but for those members fortunate enough to have procured one or more, I would love to see some pics of your favorite WWII scatter guns.
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    Here are my Win 97s with a couple of belly guns.
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    A Remington Model 11 in new condition with the shipping box and correct markings I ran across last year.
    Wasn't shipped until 1962 from the box label. 20190112_185104_1578101629290.jpg20190112_185147_1578101658046.jpg20190112_185240_1578101692806.jpg20190112_185212_1578101724126.jpg20200103_204347_1578102334486.jpg
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    Another pair of '97 Winchesters I've had for years. Have a Model 12 riot but it must be in the barn right now.

    '97's when chambering have a very unique sound.20200103_204222_1578102548414.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by AEROCOLOR View Post
    Another pair of '97 Winchesters I've had for years. Have a Model 12 riot but it must be in the barn right now.

    '97's when chambering have a very unique sound.20200103_204222_1578102548414.jpg
    Nice solid frames Are they riot guns with CYL choke marking.
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    Ithaca M-37 Trench gun, 1,422 delivered in 1942, also a number of standard riot M-37 delivered, and 4,534 long barreled M-37's for anti aircraft training.

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    Seems not as many trench guns as other from the number of posts. So, I'll jump in with a Winchester M12 Trench gun. WWII heat shield and bayonet lug, proper CYL marked/non tapered barrel, flaming bomb on right receiver and yes, missing the butt plate. Metal in great shape, wood with a lot of handling marks. Electro-pencil numbers on left receiver where other government agencies marked it for use. Shown with one of two proper bayonets issued with them. The longer version shown would have been issued in WWI with both the 1917 and M1 bayonet issued for WWII. Gun weights couple of oz. shy of 9 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by krag96 View Post
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    Ithaca M-37 Trench gun, 1,422 delivered in 1942, also a number of standard riot M-37 delivered, and 4,534 long barreled M-37's for anti aircraft training.
    My favorite shotgun is the Ithaca M37. I was inclined to buy an Ordnance marked Model 37 with the longer barrel some years back but I wanted to look down the bore so I was going to remove the barrel. The seller rather then say okay let me do it for you grabs the shotgun and spouts off about "parts flying across the room." So I walked away with the money for it in my pocket.

    I've had several, well quite a few, Ithaca 37's but no Trench Gun. A few "Deerslayers" and an M & P.

    Tied with the Ithaca 37 for top shotgun of all time is the Winchester Model 97.

    One interesting thing about WWII shotguns is that U.S. Ordnance wanted lots of them even prompting Stevens to make the 520 again. These are a nice shotgun and a bit different action then most others
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    Well, definitely not a “Trench Gun” but since the Ithaca 37 came up, I guess I’ll share a few pics of this Remington Model 17 I picked up last year. Nothing fancy but 100% original and dang fun to shoot! Got to love these early pumps.
    Thanks to those guys who’ve posted pics of their Ordnance examples. Seems these don’t get the attention afforded some of the other arms of this era but they sure are cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenhwind View Post
    My favorite shotgun is the Ithaca M37. I was inclined to buy an Ordnance marked Model 37 with the longer barrel some years back but I wanted to look down the bore so I was going to remove the barrel. The seller rather then say okay let me do it for you grabs the shotgun and spouts off about "parts flying across the room." So I walked away with the money for it in my pocket.

    I've had several, well quite a few, Ithaca 37's but no Trench Gun. A few "Deerslayers" and an M & P.

    Tied with the Ithaca 37 for top shotgun of all time is the Winchester Model 97.

    One interesting thing about WWII shotguns is that U.S. Ordnance wanted lots of them even prompting Stevens to make the 520 again. These are a nice shotgun and a bit different action then most others
    No doubt the M-37 is my favorite also, Ken! My favorite of the favorite is my 12ga. 1983 "Magnum Model". I like it so much I bought four more barrels for it aside from the 30" VR Full choke barrel it came with, both rifled and smooth bore "Deer Slayer" barrels, a new 26" VR with interchangeable chokes, and a new 20" Riot barrel. All but the smooth bore Deer Slayer are 3" magnum barrels, (not sure they even made the "smoothie" DS in 3"). It's a well rounded shotgun for sure!

    I own neither of the guns in the picture I posted, they're stock photos I got from google. Ithaca got at least two more contracts for M-37 Trench Guns during the Vietnam war as well as M-37 Riot Guns.
    I looked at a U.S. marked long barrel M-37 many years ago myself, but passed on it due to condition. From what I've read in Walt Snyder's book on the M-37 "trainer", one course of fire was to have the shooter in a flat bed truck traveling along a road shooting at clay targets thrown over the truck from trap houses. Sounds like fun!
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