Pump shotguns are popular because they can be dropped in the bottom of the boat, dipped in the lake, and they will still cycle shotshells in any condition! When John Moses Browning built the classic Winchester Model, we’re sure he wasn’t expecting duck hunters to use such iterations of his design as a shotgun and boat paddle.
While pump guns are famous for their durability and functionality, we share with you some great pump shotguns that deserve more hype! Some of them spent a lot of time being bestsellers, while others didn’t.
Smith & Wesson 3000
Smith & Wesson 3000 was produced in 1980 by How in Japan, where Browning still produces gns like Citori. It was introduced in 12- and 20-gauge but only produced after a few years. This shotgun also had a sporting version, as well as a black synthetic tactical version made with a folding stock that sill makes a fine truck gun up until now. This model had fixed chokes, but you can choose from an improved cylinder, modified, and full in the 20-gauge.
Ithaca Model 37
The Model 37 by Ithaca was designed by John Browning originally as Remington 17. However, the patent ran out so they decided to produce the 37 instead. Rumor has it the 37 has the longest production run pump shotgun in history. Unscrew the nut the end of the fore-end and twist the barrel off. That’s how easy it is to remove the barrel from the action. If you want to put it back, just slide the barrel back into the action and screw the cap tight. The 37 is a bottom-fed bottom-eject gun, meaning the sides of the receiver are solid and that makes it more difficult for debris to enter the chamber. This model is still being made today in 12-, 160, 20-, and 28-gauge with 20-, 26-, 28-, and 30-inch barrels. It’s also available in trench guns, clay guns, standard, and deluxe with vent ribs, supreme grades, and more.
Winchester Model 1987
The M97 was available in a long barrel option for hunters, as well as a trench gun version which might have been a great modern-day home defense gun right now. It used to be cheap as there was no interceptor built into the model. All you had to do was press the trigger, and it will fire a round every time you work the action. This exposed hammer gun is just like the Marlin 19. When you bring th fore-end backward, it pushes the slide toward the hammer and cocks it. The bottom part is usually used by the shooters to feed shotshells then they eject from the side gate. The butt plates were typically made of rubber, while others were steel.
This classic pump shotgun is over a century old now, although it was only produced from 1906 to 1907. Marlin 19 is a hammer gun, so as you slide the fore-end back, it cocks the hammer, and after you pull the trigger, the hammer strikes the firing pin, sending the shot downrange. You can also remove the barrel from the action. It might seem complicated but all you have to do is pull the fore-end backward, flip a switch, push the fore-end forward, and the threaded barrel unscrews from the chamber. The Marlin 19 was an upgraded version of the Marlin 1898 but with a matte barrel finish since hunters weren’t a fan of the glossy tube on the 98. However, beware that you should always make sure that the hammer does not strike the firing pin before the slide is fully engaged in the chamber. Otherwise, the gun will misfire.