H&R 1871 400

     Notes: Built in Spain for H&R in 1955-1967, the Model 400 is a working-day shotgun with a long barrel for hunting.  The receiver is blued, along with the trigger guard and trigger, and the stock is of hardwood, along with the pump slide.  The stock often shows signs of premature wear and stripped finish when found today, though the pump slide, where you would expect more wear, is usually better finished. The stock has a semi-pistol grip, though it is not checkered; the pump slide is ribbed for grip.  The Model 400 is designed for sporting, with a standard 28-inch barrel (though many can be found with abbreviated barrels), and the standard choke is Full and it does not accept interchangeable chokes.  Finish for the metalwork is mostly blued.  Many buyers today have found that the internal parts also show signs of premature wear (as one online buyer said, "the only thing keeping it going is Break-Free." The 12 gauge and 16 gauge models have a recoil pad; the 20 gauge model does not.  The Model 401 has an adjustable choke, and was made in the early 1960s.  For game purposes, it is identical to the Model 400.  The Model 402 is the same, but comes in ,410 gauge only.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Model 400

12 Gauge 3"

3.4 kg

5 Tubular

$960

Model 400

16 Gauge 3"

3.24 kg

5 Tubular

$829

Model 400

20 Gauge 3"

3.1 kg

5 Tubular

$696

Model 402

.410 Gauge 3"

2.75 kg

5 Tubular

$452

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Model 400

PA

5/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-4-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

6

Nil

70

Model 400

PA

4/1d6x28 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

8

5

Nil

64

Model 400

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

59

Model 402

PA

3/1d6x8

1-Nil/Nil

7

3

Nil

39

 

Hesco Crossfire Mk-1

     Notes: The principal design of the Crossfire product line has been a rifle merged with an under-barrel pump-action shotgun.  This design has been available since at least 1988.  Originally the design was chambered in 7.62mm NATO and 12 Gauge, but recently the design has undergone some modifications.  Now the company’s new Mk-1 combo is available in 5.56mm NATO and 12 Gauge, and has been marketed for both civilian arms sales (with a thumbhole stock) and law enforcement sales.  The new model has been designed with a flattop receiver to allow it to mount a series of optical devices (reflex sights, night vision scopes, etc.).  Note that the rifle and shotgun parts cannot be fired at the same time.  Trigger pull is crisp, with a weight of 4-6 pounds.  The stock has a recoil pad.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: The 5.56mm version does not exist.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Crossfire Mk-1

12 Gauge (2 3/4”, 3”) + 7.62mm NATO

3.9 kg

20 + 4

$2133

Crossfire Mk-1

12 Gauge (2 3/4”, 3”) + 5.56mm NATO

3.9 kg

5, 10, 20, 30  + 4

$1499

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Crossfire Mk-1 (7.62mm)

PA

4

2-3-Nil

6

4

Nil

43

Crossfire Mk-1 (5.56mm)

PA

3

1-Nil

6

2

Nil

39

Crossfire Mk-1 (12 Gauge 2 3/4”)

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

6

4

Nil

32

Crossfire Mk-1 (12 Gauge 3”)

PA

5/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

6

4

Nil

30

 

High Standard Supermatic

     Notes: The Supermatic is a shotgun designed at the time to be light in weight and inexpensive IRL.  It is more commonly known by the numerous companies through which it was sold, such as Sears and JC Higgins. The Supermatic was cheap and it showed -- dirt is the bane of its existence and the metal parts are made of a rare steel alloy which is not used often largely because it is prone to breakage.  It has not been made for 30 years, and parts are difficult to find, and often have to be fabricated from scratch (where they do not necessarily mix favorably with the parts already on the gun). Loading and unloading could be problematic, with the magazine tube being difficult to load the last round.  Magazine capacity is also not high. However, the Supermatic is not junk; it just takes someone with solid gunsmithing skills.  When clean, it shoots very well and accurate. The action is gas-operated semiautomatic; it is also hammerless.

     The Supermatic Field  is, as might be guessed from the name, designed for hunting and fowling, and a bit long for home defense. It is rather light for its size and recoil can be punishing. In 12 Gauge, the barrels may be 26 inches with improved cylinder choke; 28 inches with either Modified or Full choke; or 30 inches with Full choke.  In 20 gauge, barrels are limited to 26 or 28 inches. External metalwork is blued and the stock is plain walnut with a semi-pistol grip. The grip is checkered, while the fore-end has a gripping groove.  In 20 gauge, the butt has a hard rubber plate which is textured for grip; in 12 gauge, there is a recoil pad. The Supermatic Special is the same as the Field, but has an adjustable choke on the muzzle and a 27-inch barrel.

     The Supermatic Deluxe Rib similar to the Field, but is more deluxe, and with a ventilated sighting rib. Only 28-inch barrel versions were made, and for game purposes it is identical to the Field. The Supermatic Trophy differs only in small ways to the Special, and is the same for game purposes; it is the Special for game purposes.  The Supermatic Skeet is similar to the Field, but limited to a 26-inch barrel with a Skeet choke,  It has a ventilated sighting rib.  It is comes with a 30-inch barrel with a Full choke in 12 gauge only. The Supermatic Duck is the only member of the series with a recoil pad on the butt, and is the only model which has a version that fires 12 gauge magnum shells. It was made only with a 30-inch barrel with a Full choke.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Supermatic Field (26" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75”

3.41 kg

4 Tubular

$833

Supermatic Field (28" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75”

3.5 kg

4 Tubular

$843

Supermatic Field (30" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75”

3.58 kg

4 Tubular

$853

Supermatic Field (26" Barrel)

20 Gauge 2.75"

3.26 kg

4 Tubular

$636

Supermatic Field (28" Barrel)

20 Gauge 2.75"

3.34 kg

4 Tubular

$646

Supermatic Field (26" Barrel)

20 Gauge 3"

3.35 kg

3 Tubular

$680

Supermatic Field (28" Barrel)

20 Gauge 3"

3.43 kg

3 Tubular

$690

Supermatic Special

12 Gauge 2.75”

3.41 kg

4 Tubular

$837

Supermatic Special

20 Gauge 2.75"

3.3 kg

4 Tubular

$641

Supermatic Special

20 Gauge 3"

3.39 kg

3 Tubular

$685

Supermatic Duck

12 Gauge 3"

3.68 kg

3 Tubular

$989

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Supermatic Field (12 GA, 2.75", 26")

PA

5/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

8

4

Nil

57

Supermatic Field (12 GA, 2.75", 28")

PA

5/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

8

4

Nil

62

Supermatic Field (12 GA, 2.75", 30")

PA

5/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-4-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

67

Supermatic Field (20 GA, 2.75", 26")

PA

4/1d6x20 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

7

5

Nil

48

Supermatic Field (20 GA, 2.75", 28")

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

52

Supermatic Field (20 GA, 3", 26")

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

7

5

Nil

55

Supermatic Field (20 GA, 3", 28")

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

59

Supermatic Special (12 GA, 2.75")

PA

5/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

59

Supermatic Special (20 GA, 2.75")

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

47

Supermatic Special (20 GA, 3")

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

57

Supermatic Duck

PA

5/1d6x36 or 2d6x8

2-4-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

76

 

High Standard M-8113

     Notes: This shotgun, also based on the Flite King, has been a popular police shotgun for decades, and the M-8113 is so well-constructed that many of them are still in service and functioning flawlessly, even though the last one was built in 1975.  The M-8113 was even in competition at one point to become the standard USAF shotgun (though it lost out to the Remington 870P).  Other than it’s extreme durability, though, it is basically a standard sort of pump-action shotgun.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

M-8113

12 Gauge 2.75”

3.2 kg

6 Tubular

$793

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

M-8113

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

6

5

Nil

38

 

Ithaca 37 Standard

     Notes: The predecessor of the Model 87, the Model 37 endured a long gestation period before Ithaca could sell it.  It is based on a 1915 shotgun by John Browning.  Remington acquired the patent in 1917, redesigning it into the popular Remington 31.  This would be replaced by the Model 870, which continues in production to this day.  Ithaca waited for the Remington Model 17 patents (the original John Browning patents) to expire, and in 1931, acquired them.  Originally, the resulting shotgun was to be called the Ithaca 33, but with the projected introduction date of 1937, they renamed it to the Model 37.  With the economy taking a double dip, it was the worst time to introduce a new firearm. Ithaca, therefore, concentrated on military shotguns, the M-1911, and M-3 Grease Guns. After World War ended, Ithaca began to sell the Ithaca 37 again, and found it popular; today, it is third only to the M-1911 and M-2HB as the longest production run of any firearm.  Later, the Ithaca was renamed the Ithaca 87, but due to customer outcry, they changed the name back to Ithaca 37.  (Ithaca 87s may be considered a subtype of Ithaca 37's.)

     They were also seen in the hands of civilians, particularly in the hands of Midwestern farmers.  With competition from the Mossberg 500 and Remington 870, sales began to decline (and are still declining). Chinese copies of the Ithaca 37 do not help this picture; though the Chinese copies are markedly poorer in quality to the Ithaca 37, they are also IRL cheaper.

     The Ithaca 37 is reloaded by inserting the shells into the bottom-mounted ejection port and pushing forward until the magazine stop is reached. On most models built 1975 or later, the user can use a technique called Slam-Fire.  In this technique, the user keeps the trigger depressed and cycles the slide; the gun will fire each slide.  Player characters who use this technique have an additional point of recoil, but may fire the Ithaca 37 as a semiautomatic shotgun.

     The Models 37 Standard, Featherlight, and Field Grade Standard are all the same in game terms, except for the weight of the Featherlight. It is hammerless, comes with a fixed choke in various chokes, and was made from 1937 to 1985. It can take interchangeable choke tubes made by Ithaca and Remington. The barrel length indicates that it is a hunting shotgun, not meant for tactical use or home defense. Finish is blued, with a walnut stock and pump slide; the stock is semi-pistol gripped that is checkered, and the slide is grooved.

     The Models 37V, 37 Featherlight Vent, and Field Grade Vent are the same as the Standard except that they have an aiming rib.  The Model 37D is also the same for game terms, but it has a checkered semi-pistol grip and engraving on the receiver. The Model 37DV is the same as the Model 37D, but has a ventilated sighting rib.  The Model 37 New Classic is also the same for game terms, but is even more deluxe than the Model 37DV.

     Some of guns are similar for game purposes: The Model 37R, with has a ventilated sighting rib, It was discontinued in the late 1960s. The Model 37R is a Deluxe version of the Model 37D. All grip surfaces are checkered, and the wood is fancy. The Model 37T Supreme and Featherlight Supreme are deluxe versions of the same Standard gun, with engraving, color-case hardening on the receiver, and engraving with gold inlay. The Model 37S Skeet is the same as the Model 37 Standard, except for an extended slide. The Model 37 Field Classic is as the Standard, but of lesser qualities.

    The English Ultra Featherlight is just -- amazingly light due to light alloys and lighter hardwoods. It has a 25-inch barrel and may be had with a Full, Modified, or Improved Cylinder chokes. The stock is a lighter walnut than standard versions, and metalwork is blued.  It has a ventilated sight rib, and the receiver and side plates are engraved. This version was built from 1982 to 1987. The RL recoil on this thing must be murder. At least it has a recoil pad.  The English is the same as the English Ultra Featherlight except the receiver is steel instead of aluminum alloy, the 20 gauge version comes with a 24-inch or 26-inch barrels, and the shotgun comes with 3 interchangeable choke tubes of the customer's choice.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Ithaca 37 Standard (26" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75” and 3"

3.18 kg

4 Tubular

$899

Ithaca 37 Standard (28" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75” and 3"

3.26 kg

4 Tubular

$910

Ithaca 37 Standard (30" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75” and 3"

3.34 kg

4 Tubular

$920

Ithaca 37 Standard (26" Barrel)

16 Gauge 2.75” and 3"

3.03 kg

4 Tubular

$769

Ithaca 37 Standard (28" Barrel)

16 Gauge 2.75” and 3"

3.1 kg

4 Tubular

$779

Ithaca 37 Standard (30" Barrel)

16 Gauge 2.75” and 3"

3.17 kg

4 Tubular

$799

Ithaca 37 Standard (26" Barrel)

20 Gauge 2.75 and 3"

3.04 kg

4 Tubular

$685

Ithaca 37 Standard (28" Barrel)

20 Gauge 2.75 and 3"

3.11 kg

4 Tubular

$706

Ithaca 37 Standard (30" Barrel)

20 Gauge 2.75 and 3"

3.19 kg

4 Tubular

$727

Ithaca 37 Standard (26" Barrel)

28 Gauge 2.75"

2.78 kg

4 Tubular

$545

Ithaca 37 Standard (28" Barrel)

28 Gauge 2.75"

2.84 kg

4 Tubular

$555

Ithaca 37 Standard (30" Barrel)

28 Gauge 2.75"

2.91 kg

4 Tubular

$565

Ithaca 37 Featherlight (26" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75” and 3"

2.72 kg

4 Tubular

$899

Ithaca 37 Featherlight (28" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75” and 3"

2.79 kg

4 Tubular

$910

Ithaca 37 Featherlight (30" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75” and 3"

2.96 kg

4 Tubular

$920

Ithaca 37 Featherlight (26" Barrel)

16 Gauge 2.75” and 3"

3.03 kg

4 Tubular

$769

Ithaca 37 Featherlight (28" Barrel)

16 Gauge 2.75” and 3"

3.1 kg

4 Tubular

$779

Ithaca 37 Featherlight (30" Barrel)

16 Gauge 2.75” and 3"

3.17 kg

4 Tubular

$799

Ithaca 37 Featherlight (26" Barrel)

20 Gauge 2.75” and 3"

2.9 kg

4 Tubular

$685

Ithaca 37 Featherlight (28" Barrel)

20 Gauge 2.75” and 3"

2.97 kg

4 Tubular

$706

Ithaca 37 Featherlight (30" Barrel)

20 Gauge 2.75” and 3"

3.04 kg

4 Tubular

$727

Ithaca 37 Featherlight (26" Barrel)

28 Gauge 2.75"

2.83 kg

4 Tubular

$545

Ithaca 37 Featherlight (28" Barrel)

28 Gauge 2.75"

2.9 kg

4 Tubular

$555

Ithaca 37 Featherlight (30" Barrel)

28 Gauge 2.75"

2.96 kg

4 Tubular

$565

Ithaca English 37 Ultra Featherlight

12 Gauge 2.75"

2.15 kg

3 Tubular

$906

Ithaca English 37 Ultra Featherlight

20 Gauge 2.75"

2.15 kg

3 Tubular

$773

Ithaca 37 English

12 Gauge 2.75"

3.06 kg

3 Tubular

$902

Ithaca 37 English (24" Barrel)

20 Gauge 2.75"

2.81 kg

3 Tubular

$701

Ithaca 37 English (26" Barrel)

20 Gauge 2.75"

2.74 kg

3 Tubular

$711

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Ithaca 37 Standard (12 GA, 2.75", 26")

PA

5/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

8

5

Nil

57

Ithaca 37 Standard (12 GA, 2.75", 28")

PA

5/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

62

Ithaca 37 Standard (12 GA, 2.75", 30")

PA

5/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-4-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

6

Nil

67

Ithaca 37 Standard (12 GA, 3", 26")

PA

5/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

65

Ithaca 37 Standard (12 GA, 3", 28")

PA

5/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-4-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

6

Nil

70

Ithaca 37 Standard (12 GA, 3", 30")

PA

5/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-4-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

6

Nil

76

Ithaca 37 Standard (16 GA, 2.75", 26")

PA

5/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

52

Ithaca 37 Standard (16 GA, 2.75", 28")

PA

5/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

8

5

Nil

56

Ithaca 37 Standard (16 GA, 2.75", 30")

PA

4/1d6x28 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

8

5

Nil

61

Ithaca 37 Standard (16 GA, 3", 26")

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

59

Ithaca 37 Standard (16 GA, 3", 28")

PA

4/1d6x28 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

8

5

Nil

64

Ithaca 37 Standard (16 GA, 3", 30")

PA

4/1d6x28 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

8

5

Nil

69

Ithaca 37 Standard (20 GA, 2.75", 26")

PA

4/1d6x20 or 2d4x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

7

5

Nil

48

Ithaca 37 Standard (20 GA, 2.75", 28")

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d4x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

52

Ithaca 37 Standard (20 GA, 2.75", 30")

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d4x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

56

Ithaca 37 Standard (20 GA, 3", 26")

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d4x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

55

Ithaca 37 Standard (20 GA, 3", 28")

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d4x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

59

Ithaca 37 Standard (20 GA, 3", 30")

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d4x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

64

Ithaca 37 Standard (20 GA, 2.75", 26")

PA

4/1d6x16 or 2d6x4

2-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

7

5

Nil

43

Ithaca 37 Standard (20 GA, 2.75", 28")

PA

4/1d6x16 or 2d6x4

2-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

47

Ithaca 37 Standard (20 GA, 2.75", 30")

PA

4/1d6x20 or 2d4x4

2-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

50

Ithaca 37 Standard (28 GA, 2.75", 26")

PA

3/1d6x16 or 2d4x4

2-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

43

Ithaca 37 Standard (28 GA, 2.75", 28")

PA

4/1d6x16 or 2d4x4

2-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

47

Ithaca 37 Standard (28 GA, 2.75", 30")

PA

4/1d6x20 or 2d4x4

2-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

50

Ithaca 37 English Ultra Featherlight (12 GA)

PA

5/1d6x28 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

7

6

Nil

54

Ithaca 37 English Ultra Featherlight (20 GA)

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d4x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

7

5

Nil

49

Ithaca 37 English (12 GA)

PA

5/1d6x28 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

7

5

Nil

54

Ithaca 37 English (20 GA, 24")

PA

4/1d6x20 or 2d4x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

7

4

Nil

44

Ithaca 37 English (20 GA, 26")

PA

4/1d6x20 or 2d4x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

7

5

Nil

48

 

Ithaca 37: Hunting-Specific Guns

     The Model 37 Bear Stopper was made for explorers who were going into places they might expect trouble from animals. The Model 37 DSPS and DSPS-B were also based on animal guns (the Deerslayer). but it has a ribbed slide, and found in a standard, deep blued, parkerized, or chrome-finished. For game purposes, they were identical to Bear Stopper.

     The Waterfowler also suits it's name, being designed for upland duck and goose hunting.  It uses a long 28-inch barrel with a removable steel shot choke tube. It is lightweight (that is good and bad, of course). It's furniture is synthetic, the finish camouflage with clear coat.  It has a recoil pad on the butt and a ventilated sight rib. It was introduced in 2001.

     The Turkeyslayer is sort of a birding gun (in a way...), but was designed to take out turkeys at a shorter range than a fowling piece. It uses a 22-inch barrel with an extended full choke tube in addition to whatever choke the buyer specified.  It has rifle-type sights rather than a sight rib.  The external metalwork is blued, and the stock and slide are synthetic. The butt has a recoil pad. The Turkeyslayer can be had with a shorter length of pull for Youth shooters.

     The Deerslayer is designed for short-range hunting; the short-barreled model is also useful for home defense.  The Deerslayer came first in the late 1960s and continued in production until 1987,  Popular demand led to its reintroduction in 1990 as the Deerslayer II, which is identical for game purposes.  The Deerslayer III was introduced in 2001, with a 26-inch barrel and only in 12 gauge.  The Deerslayer Storm is a Deerslayer II with a dull Parkerized finish and a synthetic stock and slide; it is identical to the standard Deerslayer for game purposes.  The Ultra Deerslayer is almost identical for game purposes to the 20-inch barreled version of the Deerslayer, but has a rifled barrel for use with slugs.  The Deerslayer Super Deluxe was introduced in 1983 and is a version with Grade 1 walnut for the stock and slide, deep blued metalwork, and a recoil pad.  It is otherwise identical to the Model 37.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Ithaca 37 Bear Stopper (18.5" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75" and 3"

3.9 kg

5 Tubular,8 Tubular

$858

Ithaca 37 Bear Stopper (20" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75" and 3"

3.96 kg

5 Tubular,8 Tubular

$865

Ithaca 37 Waterfowler

12 Gauge 3"

3.18 kg

4 Tubular

$917

Ithaca 37 Turkeyslayer

12 Gauge 2.75"

3.18 kg

4 Tubular

$900

Ithaca 37 Turkeyslayer

20 Gauge 2.75"

2.95 kg

4 Tubular

$703

Ithaca 37 Deerslayer (20" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75"

3.23 kg

4 Tubular

$877

Ithaca 37 Deerslayer (25" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75"

3.41 kg

4 Tubular

$903

Ithaca 37 Deerslayer III

12 Gauge 2.75"

3.45 kg

4 Tubular

$908

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Ithaca 37 Bear Stopper (12 GA, 2.75", 18.5")

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

6

4

Nil

39

Ithaca 37 Bear Stopper (12 GA, 2.75", 20")

PA

4/1d6x28 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

5

4

Nil

43

Ithaca 37 Bear Stopper (12 GA, 3", 18.5")

PA

4/1d6x28 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

5

4

Nil

45

Ithaca 37 Bear Stopper (12 GA, 3", 20")

PA

4/1d6x28 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

5

4

Nil

49

Ithaca 37 Waterfowler

PA

5/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-4-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

70

Ithaca 37 Turkeyslayer (12 GA)

PA

4/1d6x28 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

7

4

Nil

47

Ithaca 37 Turkeyslayer (20 GA)

PA

4/1d6x20 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

6

4

Nil

40

Ithaca 37 Deerslayer (20")

PA

4/1d6x28 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

6

4

Nil

43

Ithaca 37 Deerslayer (25")

PA

5/1d6x28 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

7

4

Nil

54

Ithaca 37 Deerslayer III

PA

5/1d6x28 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

7

4

Nil

57

 

Ithaca 37: Military & Police Models

     Notes: These versions of the Model 37 shotgun are designed for Law Enforcement and military use.  The Homeland Security is built to the original specifications – all steel and wood, with no light alloy, titanium, tungsten, polymer, etc.  The only exception is a rubber recoil pad.  The Ithaca 37 Homeland Security is intended for home defense and riot control, and is simple and easy to use.

     The Model 37 M&P is, as the name would indicate, designed for military and police use.  They are similar to the Bear Stopper, but use different barrel lengths with a Cylindrical choke, and a high-quality barrel. They have non-glare oil finish for the wood.  Most have parkerized dull finish for the external metal, though some have chromed receivers (discontinued in 1985). The M&P itself was discontinued in 1987.  They are made deliberately heavier to help with felt recoil, and also have a recoil pad on the butt.  The long magazine reaches almost to the muzzle.

     A related model is the Ithaca 37 Trench Gun.  After the success of the Winchester and Remington shotguns in World War 1, Ithaca said, “We’ve got to get into this market and get a government contract!” (OK, they probably didn’t say exactly that, but something like it was going through the executives’ heads.) The Ithaca 37 itself did not appear until 1937, seemingly too late to get in on the game – but then World War 2 happened, and troops fighting in the jungle and some MOUT conditions were hollering for shotguns.  The Ithaca 37 had some features that its fellow Trench Guns didn’t have, such as upward loading and downward shell ejection.  It recei9ved the same modifications as the other Trench Guns – including a perforated aluminum heat shield, a bayonet lug, and a sling. Ithaca used its M&P model as a base (with a 20.1-inch barrel), adding the government modifications and a recoil pad. They were finished in Ithaca’s commercial-grade blue.  Stocks were beech; initial Trench Guns were checkered on the semi-pistol grip and slide lever, but quickly the checkering was stopped and the slide gained it’s ribbed configuration. Some 1422 Ithaca 37 Trench Guns were built; all of these were built and sent to the Army and Marines between 27 Jun and 04 Sep 1942. The Ithaca 37 Trench Guns were later used in Korea by US and ROK forces, and still later were given to the ARVN during the Vietnam War.  In addition, the USAF ordered 206 of these guns for its Security Police, and some 3000 were ordered during the Vietnam War for use by US Navy SEALs. These were also used by USMC Recon teams.  Franklin Armory experimented with a “duckbill” rapid shot spreader, and an order was quickly placed by the SEALs and USMC for an unknown number of duckbills.

     The Stakeout is a shortened Ithaca 37 often found with a foregrip on the slide for fast action. The weapon comes in a light version for concealment. It is generally illegal in many countries for civilian use due to its short barrel and stockless configuration, but it is ideal for hiding under a long coat. 

     The greatest single users of the Ithaca 37 were the New York Police, who use them with a 13-inch barrel for their ESU and 18-inch for the Highway Patrol.  The Los Angeles PD, as well as the Los Angeles County Sherriff's Departments, used an 18-inch model. 

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Homeland Security

12 Gauge 3”

2.72 kg

5 Tubular

$932

Homeland Security

20 Gauge 3”

1.91 kg

5 Tubular

$717

Ithaca 37 M&P (18" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75"

4.1 kg

5 Tubular,8 Tubular

$871

Ithaca 37 M&P (20.1" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75"

4.16 kg

5 Tubular,8 Tubular

$882

Ithaca 37 (NYPD ESU)

12 Gauge 2.75" and 3"

2.69 kg

4 Tubular

$833

Ithaca 37 (NY/CA Police)

12 Gauge 2.75" and 3"

2.85 kg

4 Tubular

$859

Ithaca Stakeout

12 Gauge 2.75”

2.35 kg

8 Tubular

$789

Ithaca Stakeout Light

12 Gauge 2.75”

2.26 kg

5 Tubular

$782

Ithaca 37 Trench Gun

12 Gauge 2.75”

3.29 kg

5 Tubular

$855

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Homeland Security (12GA)

PA

4/1d6x28 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

6

4

Nil

37

Homeland Security (20GA)

PA

4/1d6x20 or 2d6x4

2-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

6

5

Nil

32

Ithaca 37 M&P (18")

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

6

4

Nil

39

Ithaca 37 M&P (20.1")

PA

4/1d6x28 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

6

4

Nil

44

Ithaca 37 NYPD ESU (12 GA, 2.75")

PA

4/1d6x20 or 2d4x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

4

5

Nil

24

Ithaca 37 NYPD ESU (12 GA, 3")

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d4x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

4

5

Nil

27

Ithaca 37 NY/CA Police (12 GA, 2.75")

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d4x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

5

5

Nil

38

Ithaca 37 NY/CA Police (12 GA, 3")

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d4x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

5

5

Nil

43

Ithaca Stakeout

PA

4/1d6x28 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

5

5

Nil

34

Ithaca Stakeout Light

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

4

5

Nil

31

Ithaca Trench Gun

PA

4/1d6x28 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

6

4

Nil

44

 

Ithaca 37: Trap and Clays Models

     The Ithaca 37 Sporting Clays is designed for, of course, for clay pigeon shooting.  It is similar in game terms as the Model 37DV, but with a color-case hardening on the receiver, with engraving and gold inlay.  It also has a different mix of barrel lengths, and has a recoil pad on the butt.  It is also made deliberately heavier to help dampen recoil.  The Model 37 Trap is the same as the Sporting Clays, but has 30-inch barrel.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Ithaca 37 Sporting Clays (24" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75" and 3"

3.2 kg

4 Tubular

$939

Ithaca 37 Sporting Clays (26" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75" and 3"

3.23 kg

4 Tubular

$949

Ithaca 37 Sporting Clays (28" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75" and 3"

3.59 kg

4 Tubular

$960

Ithaca 37 Trap

12 Gauge 2.75" and 3"

3.67 kg

4 Tubular

$970

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Ithaca Sporting Clays (12 GA, 2.75", 24")

PA

4/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

8

5

Nil

51

Ithaca Sporting Clays (12 GA, 2.75", 26")

PA

4/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

8

5

Nil

57

Ithaca Sporting Clays (12 GA, 2.75", 28")

PA

5/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

62

Ithaca Sporting Clays (12 GA, 3", 24")

PA

5/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

8

5

Nil

59

Ithaca Sporting Clays (12 GA, 3", 26")

PA

5/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

65

Ithaca Sporting Clays (12 GA, 3", 28")

PA

5/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-4-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

6

Nil

70

Ithaca 37 Trap (2.75")

PA

5/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-4-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

67

Ithaca 37 Trap (3")

PA

5/1d6x36 or 2d6x8

2-4-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

6

Nil

76

 

Ithaca 87

     Notes: An American-made pump shotgun that can be customized using a number of accessories. The Model 87 has good magazine capacity and is widely distributed in both police and civilian markets, though the base Ithaca 87 model is primarily meant for the civilian market. They are designed to withstand abuse, and when first introduced, were known as the Featherlights due to their low weight. 

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Ithaca 87 (25” Barrel)

12 Gauge (2 3/4”, 3”)

2.15 kg

8 Tubular

$843

Ithaca 87 (26” Barrel)

12 Gauge (2 3/4”, 3”)

2.32 kg

8 Tubular

$848

Ithaca 87 (28” Barrel)

12 Gauge (2 3/4”, 3”)

2.84 kg

8 Tubular

$859

Ithaca 87 (30” Barrel)

12 Gauge (2 3/4”, 3”)

3.18 kg

8 Tubular

$869

Ithaca 87 (25” Barrel)

20 Gauge (2 3/4”, 3”)

1.98 kg

8 Tubular

$645

Ithaca 87 (26” Barrel)

20 Gauge (2 3/4”, 3”)

2.14 kg

8 Tubular

$650

Ithaca 87 (28” Barrel)

20 Gauge (2 3/4”, 3”)

2.62 kg

8 Tubular

$661

Ithaca 87 (30” Barrel)

20 Gauge (2 3/4”, 3”)

2.93 kg

8 Tubular

$671

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Ithaca 87 (12GA 2 3/4”, 25”)

PA

5/1d6x28 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

7

6

Nil

54

Ithaca 87 (12GA 3”, 25”)

PA

5/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

7

6

Nil

52

Ithaca 87 (12GA 2 3/4”, 26”)

PA

5/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

7

6

Nil

57

Ithaca 87 (12GA 3”, 26”)

PA

5/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

7

6

Nil

54

Ithaca 87 (12GA 2 3/4”, 28”)

PA

5/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

62

Ithaca 87 (12GA 3”, 28”)

PA

6/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-4-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

58

Ithaca 87 (12GA 2 3/4”, 30”)

PA

5/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-3-Ni/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

67

Ithaca 87 (12GA 3”, 30”)

PA

6/1d6x36 or 2d6x8

2-4-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

6

Nil

63

Ithaca 87 (20GA 2 3/4”, 25”)

PA

4/1d6x20 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

7

6

Nil

46

Ithaca 87 (20GA 3”, 25”)

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

7

6

Nil

44

Ithaca 87 (20GA 2 3/4”, 26”)

PA

4/1d6x20 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

7

6

Nil

48

Ithaca 87 (20GA 3”, 26”)

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

7

6

Nil

45

Ithaca 87 (20GA 2 3/4”, 28”)

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

7

5

Nil

52

Ithaca 87 (20GA 3”, 28”)

PA

5/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

7

5

Nil

49

Ithaca 87 (20GA 2 3/4”, 30”)

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

56

Ithaca 87 (20GA 3”, 30”)

PA

5/1d6x204 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

8

5

Nil

53

 

Ithaca 87 Military/Police Model

     Notes: As the name "Military/Police Model" suggests, this is a version of the Deerslayer designed for use by military and police forces.  It was quite common in North American police forces, and somewhat less common is US and Latin American military forces.  The military normally used the 18.5” barrel version, while police preferred the 20” barrel.  They were also sold to civilians.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Ithaca 87 Military/Police (18 1/2” Barrel)

12 Gauge 2 3/4”

2.95 kg

5 Tubular

$800

Ithaca 87 Military/Police (20” Barrel)

12 Gauge 2 3/4”

3.06 kg

8 Tubular

$808

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Ithaca 87 Military/Police (18.5”)

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

6

5

Nil

39

Ithaca 87 Military/Police (20”)

PA

4/1d6x28 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

6

5

Nil

43

 

Iver Johnson Champion

     Iver Johnson weapons have a certain amount of respect in general due to their quality and accuracy. The Champion is perhaps the most basic of their weapons, and is a single-barrel gun with long barrels with a full choke. The action features a boxlock with side plates and breaks open with a top lever.  The barrel and the lug are forged in one piece.  The stock of the Champion is American black walnut with a semi-pistol grip, and the receiver is color-case hardened (nickel plating is available). The fore-end is short and tapering.  Metalwork is blued.  The action is hammerless, with automatic ejectors an option. The Champion was built 1909 to 1978, but .410, 24, and 28 gauges were not available until 1913 and the 24 gauge was dropped in 1928. In 1941, all gauges except for 12 gauge were dropped.

     The Matted Rib is the same for game purposes, but uses a matted sight rib and checkering on the semi-pistol grip and the fore-end.  The Special Trap is the same except for its long 32-inch barrel and the same checkering as on the Matted Rib.  Both were discontinued in the early 1940s.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Champion (26" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75"

3.06 kg

1 Internal

*

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

KSG (2.75”)

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

4

4

Nil

39

KSG (3”)

PA

4/1d6x28 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

4

4

Nil

45

KSG (Aguila 1.75”)

PA

4/1d6x20 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

4

4

Nil

27

 

Kel-Tec KSG

     Notes: Announced at the 2010 SHOT Show, the KSG was not on sale until mid-2011.  The KSG bears a great resemblance to the Neosted; I do not know if this is merely a passing resemblance or not.  The first thing you will notice is the magazine – or rather the magazines, which are tubular and dual, mounted under the barrel.  Kel-Tec says that the size and shape of the KSG are meant to more resemble their RFB rifle.  The pump slide is necessarily wide to clear the magazines.  Feed magazine is selected by a lever located behind the trigger guard; if the center position is chosen on this lever, the action clears without another round being fed into the chamber.  Much polymer is used in its construction, including the top cover of the stock, the buttplate, the pistol grip, and the pump slide.  Some light alloys are also used.  Atop the barrel and receiver is a MIL-STD-1913 rail, with removable iron sights.  There are two forms of safety, a crossbolt safety that locks the bolt, and another safety in front of the trigger guard that locks the pump slide.  Barrel length is the standard military/police/home defense length – 18.5 inches.  The KSG is noted for its compact dimensions, but mixing of shell types in a magazine is not recommended – it will likely lead to a hard jam.

     Mesa Tactical makes a modified version of the  KSG; it’s (upcoming) claim is that it is featured in the upcoming remake of RoboCop. Mesa Tactical’s versions have MIL-STD-1913 rails on the upper side, extending from the back of the receiver to the barrel; the shotgun comes with folding rifle-type BUIS which can be removed.  Under the slide is another rail, mostly for accessories or a forward handle. The pump slide also has a short MIL-STD-1913 rail. The sides of the handguard may also have rails attached (though this is not included in the build below). The Mesa Tactical versions have attached to the receiver sidesaddle shell holders, six on either side (four, eight, and 12-round sidesaddles are also available); these are meant for special ammunition, but can also be used for standard shotshells.  In conjunction, the magazines have a cutoff to stop the feed from the magazines and allow single shells to be fed in. The stock is designed by MagPul, and is similar to their AR-15 fixed-stock designs. A recoil pad has been added to the butt.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

KSG

12 Gauge 2.75” or 3” or Aguila Mini-Shell

3.13 kg

7 Tubular (x2) (2.75”); 6 Tubular (x2) (3”); 12 Tubular (Aguila)

$859

Mesa Tactical KSG

12 Gauge 2.75” or 3” or Aguila Mini-Shell

3.77 kg

7 Tubular (x2) (2.75”); 6 Tubular (x2) (3”); 12 Tubular (Aguila)

$960

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

KSG (2.75”)

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

4

4

Nil

39

KSG (3”)

PA

4/1d6x28 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

4

4

Nil

45

KSG (Aguila 1.75”)

PA

4/1d6x20 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

4

4

Nil

27

Mesa Tactical KSG (2.75”)

PA

4/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

4

3

Nil

39

Mesa Tactical KSG (3”)

PA

4/1d6x28 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

4

3

Nil

45

Mesa Tactical KSG (1.75”)

PA

4/1d6x20 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

4

3

Nil

27