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Winchester Model 37 16ga
Left my Uncle's house tonight with a smile on my face. Not only did I get to visit with family that I hadn't visited with in years I left with my Grandfather's old Winchester 37 16ga. I used this gun when I was 13 and 14 to hunt small game and deer with the old "pumpkin balls". I had approached my Uncle a while back about buying it from him since it meant a lot to me and he refused to sell it. Apparently my Grandfather made all the boys promise to NEVER sell his old guns and to make sure they stayed in the family. So since my Uncle couldn't sell it to me, he gave it to me. He made me promise to keep the same deal, which I'm going to do. I'd like to pass it down to my son who's middle name is my Grandfather's first name. I had always thought it was an old Stevens since I hadn't seen it in 20 years. I was excited when I saw it was a Winchester. I looked it up and you can't date it since all 1 million and change of them made had no serial numbers. However it is a red letter edition which means the Winchester logo on the bottom of the receiver had the letters filled in with red enamel paint. There is enough paint left in the letters to be obvious. That being said I can date its manufacture to between 1936 and 1948, the years the enamel paint was applied. It was not applied between 1949 and 1967? when production stopped.
The bluing is rough and so is the finish on the wood but it's not been abused (except maybe by me 20 years ago when I hunted with it) it's just 65-75 years worth of wear. Of course that means nothing to me because I'm ecstatic to finally have this gun at my house. It locks up tighter than a bank vault and I cannot get it to wiggle on its hinge when its opened up. I'm so happy that its this tight that I'm going to relive my youth a bit this fall and go to some old hunting grounds to hunt rabbits and squirrels and a pheasant or two if I can find them.
Words cant explain how happy I am to get this shotgun home. Its so exciting to me that I'm posting this thread before I even took pics to post. I've been sitting here with a little kids grin since my Uncle handed it to me tonight. I don't think I've ever been this excited to get a gun ever (even my first shotgun, a Winchester 1300 that i bought when I was 15). Ok that's enough babbling. I'll take some pics and post them tomorrow hopefully.
sleeper78, proud to be a member of since Sep 2012.
Pictures! Need Pictures!
stimrob, proud to be a member of since Sep 2012.
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sleeper78, proud to be a member of since Sep 2012.
The Winchester 37 is the first shotgun I ever owned. Used to hunt pheasant with it.
tsor39, proud to be a member of since Sep 2012.
Cool, i had one in 12 gauge
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goofin, proud to be a member of since Sep 2012.
It's all about the memories! My family has the same agreement to never sell any firearms that were in the family. Congrats!

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