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"I like to keep this handy, for close encounters."
―Cpl. Hicks (from Aliens)
IthacaModel37
Ithaca Model 37
Production information
Manufacturer

Ithaca Gun Company

Model

Model 37

Type

Shotgun

Technical specifications
Size

Length
Varies with model

Feed system

Varies with model

Ammunition
  • 12 gauge
Operation

Pump-action

Usage
Era(s)

Mid 20th-21st century

Counterpart(s)

M37A2 Pump Shotgun

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The Ithaca Model 37 is an American-made pump-action shotgun chambered in 12 gauge. It utilizes a novel combination ejection/loading port on the bottom of the gun which leaves the sides closed to the elements. Since shells load and eject from the bottom, operation of the gun is equally convenient for both right and left hand shooters. This makes the gun popular with left-handed shooters.

OverviewEdit

Designed in 1933 and first manufactured in 1937, the Model 37 utilizes a novel combination ejection/loading port on the bottom of the gun that leaves the sides of the weapon closed to the elements. Additionally, since shells load and eject from the bottom, operation of the gun is equally convenient for both right- and left-handed users. As a direct result, the weapon is popular with left-handed shooters.

AppearancesEdit

In Aliens, Corporal Hicks memorably carries a cut-down version of the Model 37 fitted with the pistol grip of an MP 40 submachine gun during the initial ambush in the Hive. In the novelization of the film, it is explained that the gun is an old family heirloom handed down through generations of Hicks' family, thus explaining the presence of such an antiquated weapon in the film's futuristic setting.[1] After using it to kill a Warrior attempting to board the Marines' APC, the weapon is not seen again.

In Aliens: Infestation, a modern, militarized version of the Model 37 "Stakeout" as the M37A2 Combat Shotgun.

In Aliens: Colonial Marines, the militarized version of the Model 37 "Stakeout" returns, this time slightly renamed as the M37A2 Pump Shotgun. Hicks' Model 37 from Aliens also appears as a "Legendary Weapon", known as Hicks' Shotgun.

TriviaEdit

  • Hicks actor Michael Biehn also used a full-size Model 37 throughout The Terminator, which was written and directed by Aliens director James Cameron.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Alan Dean Foster. Aliens, p. 149 (1986), Warner Books.
  2. James Cameron (writer and director). The Terminator (1984), Orion Pictures [DVD].

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