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Old 12-23-2013, 08:06 PM
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I'm trying to get some info on what is supposed to be a "Rare" Win. Mod. 37A Deluxe; it has a 32" FC Barrel with a vent rib; a satin silver receiver & what appears to be a Walnut stock. the serial# C621956.
Any & All info about this shotgun would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-24-2013, 08:58 AM
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no expert but i have never seen one with a factory vent rib - went thru my gun digest's back to 1946 + no vent ribs listed -

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Old 12-24-2013, 09:26 PM
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I don't claim to be an expert, but I have owned a 37A and currently have several of the original 37s. The 37A is really a different gun than the 37, parts do not interchange. The 37A came out in the 70s and followed the 370 which replaced the original 37 in 1964. It was actually made in Canada by Cooey which Winchester bought in the 60s. From what I've read, the 370 and 37A were actually the same as the old Cooey Model 84. My 37A had a walnut finished birch stock, not walnut. From the pics, I would guess that's what your gun has. As far as collectibility, neither the 370 or 37A is as desirable as the original 37. Still, that appears to be a nice gun. Enjoy.
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The model 37A was introduced in 1973 if it has a serial number its a model 37A as the earlier model 37's were not serial numbered as they were an absolute basic cheap gun and numbers cost money.

The 1973 1976 and 77 catalogs do not show any thing but the base model and the Youth model.

The History of Winchester Firearms 1866-1992 edited by Thomas Henshaw
Does not show your shotgun in its present configuration

Standard Catalog of Winchester Firearms By Joseph Cornell
Does not show your shotgun in its present configuration

It is possible someone special ordered the gun the way you have it but you won't find anything on it. Its possible if you can get a hold of a dealers catalog from the period of 1973-1980 that you could find out if it was possible to special order it.
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Old 12-24-2013, 11:31 PM
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The model 37A was introduced in 1973 if it has a serial number its a model 37A as the earlier model 37's were not serial numbered as they were an absolute basic cheap gun and numbers cost money.

The 1973 1976 and 77 catalogs do not show any thing but the base model and the Youth model.

The History of Winchester Firearms 1866-1992 edited by Thomas Henshaw
Does not show your shotgun in its present configuration

Standard Catalog of Winchester Firearms By Joseph Cornell
Does not show your shotgun in its present configuration

It is possible someone special ordered the gun the way you have it but you won't find anything on it. Its possible if you can get a hold of a dealers catalog from the period of 1973-1980 that you could find out if it was possible to special order it.
Rimfiregal, I had a 37A that I bought in 1973 & understand the difference between the 37 & 37A, also am aware of Cooey being bought by Winchester. I appreciate your input.

Mark W. , what you said about being special ordered follows what I was told by the seller, I've also heard that this could have been a gun offered by Simmons as Special Order, seeing as Simmons did most if not all the vent rib work for Winchester, including, but not limited to the Mod. 42, Mod. 12, etc. I guess I'll try and find something out from Winchester after Christmas.
I very much appreciate your & rimfiregals input & information. One thing for sure, I have Never seen a 37A like this one, with the satin silver receiver & the vent rib, Also the Normal 37A doesn't have the Deep Blue this gun has. I know I gave like $70.00 for the one I bought in 1973, that gun won me several thousand dollars up to 2008, when I sold it at a meat shoot for $500.00, what a mistake that was.
Thank You Both & Merry Christmas, David
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You are very welcome, David. Merry Christmas.
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