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Win Mod 37 .410

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Maj Dad, Jan 26, 2019.

  1. Maj Dad
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    I just picked up a very nice little Mod 37 .410, and it isn't serial numbered. I have a few old .22s that are un-numbered (Marlin M80 & a couple of others buried in the back of a safe), but I wondered if the entire production run of M37s was un-numbered. I'm not a card-carrying Winchester collector, but I have a few and am familiar with some of the older guns and the updates that allow you to get an idea when they were made in addition to the s.n. . This one was not used much at all, and must have been kept in a relatively well-regulated climate - zero rust, no wood dings, almost flawless bluing. Anyway, if any of you guys have any insights, I'd appreciate them. I had one 62-63 years ago that I used to strike fear in the hearts of squirrels all over Louisiana - this one is for my second childhood :cool:
     
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    Had one years ago, it did not have a serial #.

    Incidentally, neither does MY Maŕlin 80E, lol.:D
     
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  3. Armored farmer

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    I hope this 37 works as well as your first one did.
    I'm no help with the sn# question, but do appreciate a good single shot, as well as a good .410.
    Congrats.
     
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  4. murf

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    my model 37a 12 gauge has a serial# along the right side of the frame.

    luck,

    murf
     
  5. eastbank

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    not the same shotgun, a totally different animal.
     
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    best singe shot ever. and tree rat of Florida lived in terror of one fifty plus years ago as well....and I still have it.

    -kBob
     
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    True-and, to my knowledge, none of the "original" Model 37s (made from 1936 to 1963) ever had serial numbers. That said, I'd like to have one of those .410 gauge Model 37s too. The receiver on the .410 was scaled to gauge (caliber) and I'm wondering if the 20 gauge was (I think the sixteens were based on the 12 gauge frame).
     
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    nope, model 37 have no serial #. there are specific characteristics and timeline to determine approximate year of manufacture. The "Red Letter" is earliest version. Also is the lever folded sheet metal or forged steel? Forearm shape and shape of hammer (actually is cocking lever) also are clues to the vintage. There are many sources online that will you sort this out. The 37 is a well built shotgun of forged steel. congratulations and have fun with your 37!
     
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    Fabulous & easy to shoot
     
  11. Maj Dad
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    Thanks, guys. Appreciate all your comments. I'm just going to enjoy it and revel in my current childhood :cool:
     
  12. Gordon
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    Here is my 9 year old grandsons model 37 youth 20 gauge 26" modified " Steel built " he got in November ( grampy keeps it in safe for him) . Indeed the frame is smaller than a 12 gauge one and I believe is the same frame as the .410 because barrel looks big on it. :)
     
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