This video by DemolitionRanch features the Ithaca Model 37 DS Police Special. It is a fully semi-automatic pump action shotgun. Most people carry surfboards on top of their Baja Beetles, but in Texas, they carry shotguns on top of their Baja Beetles. The shotgun was made in Ithaca, New York. One of the gun’s most interesting features is that it does what’s called a slamfire.
A slamfire is usually a premature, unintended discharge of a firearm that happens as a cartridge is being loaded into the chamber. Slamfires are most common in military firearms that have a free-floating firing pin, as opposed to a spring-loaded one.
The other cool thing about the Ithaca is that there is no opening on the sides. This means that the shells go in through the bottom and they also come out through the bottom. That said, the operation of the gun is equally convenient for both right and left hand shooters. However, this feature makes the gun really popular with left-handed shooters.
In this video, the Ithaca was compared to a Remington Model 870. They are both pump action shotguns. The comparison is to determine which shotgun is faster and by how much. To make it a fair fight, both shotguns are loaded with eight rounds and a special timer is used to record how fast each gun is.
The Remington was able to release all shots at 3.48 seconds, which is pretty good. However, the Ithaca did the same thing at 2.0 seconds, which is nearly twice as fast as the 870. Another shotgun is thrown into the mix for comparison: the Standard Manufacturing DP-12, a double barrel double mag tube shotgun. With every pump, it loads two shells and then you have two trigger pulls, which should give the Ithaca a run for its money. It came in at a close 2.5 seconds.