in a couple days i am going to be 69 years old. i have mixed feelings about that: i am not nuts that i am gonna be 69, but, on balance, i am happy that i am getting there. but, i digress.--
as part of becoming 69 years old i was gifted an older (that's "used" in plain english) ithaca model 37 featherlight shotgun. it is a very nice old piece, and functions slick as an oiled whistle. it locks up tight as a bank vault. it's a 12 gauge, 2 3/4" chamber, and it is probably advisable not to be shooting heavy magnum loads in it.
it handles nicely. it points well. and, loading is as easy as any pump and/or auto shotgun i have ever been around. and, they are robust. the u.s. military has, from time to time, used the model 37 and its variants as trench guns, their success in battle testament to their ruggedness and reliability.
i would modestly suggest that if you cannot figure how to get one via gift, that you simply go acquire one by purchase. i think mine is a riot gun, as it has a 20" barrel, and it is just about as handy as a gun can get inside the confines of a home. it handles and balances well, with the weight between the hands.
i am as happy as the proverbial pig in poop getting this little gun. i will never part from it.
john jay @ 03.12.2017
p.s. thank you very much, brother steve.