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Shooting Dad’s Old Winchester Model 37
My grandfather spoke those words in the dialect of the Southern Appalachians as we were out behind his barn in the rural hills in northeast Tennessee. Not the rolling slow drawl of the genteel Deep South, but the more foreign sounding accent that reaches all the way back to the Scottish Highlands and the Gaelic tongue. I was taking precarious aim with his old shotgun perched across a hay bale. It was something like and I was about to have my first encounter with gunpowder. We had been working out in the barn, well, my Dad and Papaw had been working … I was mostly getting in the way. They were taking a break when my Papaw pulled the gun from the rack in the rear window of his truck and suggested we give it a go.
It was in production from with 1,, units made. This model was developed by Winchester with a standard visible hammer action for many years. The Winchester Model 37 uses a top-cocking lever, breakdown type of action with an automatic shell ejector. The first M37 shotguns were delivered on February 10, according to factory records. Notably M37 shotguns were not serial numbered. The M37 came in two styles, Standard and Boy's Model introduced Modified choke or cylinder bore was furnished at no extra charge on special order only.