The Ithaca Gun Company has introduced the newest member of the NFA-exempt short “firearm” clan, built off the venerable Model 37 receiver, dubbed The Stakeout II. The Ithaca Model 37 is the longest continuously produced shotgun in U.S. history, introduced in 1937, and manufactured to this day. At one point, you could find a Model 37 propped up against many a farmhouse door and behind many bars. Over the nearly 100 years of production, there have been a number short-barreled variants that saw action in the trenches of WWII, the tunnels of Vietnam, and the streets of New York City during the “Bad Old Days.” All of those were military and police only, though civilians could purchase one of they jumped through the hoops necessary to obtain a tax stamp. The introduction of the Stakeout II lets the general public “pay homage to the classic trench guns of the past century” without filing out any federal paperwork.
The Stakeout II is offered in the now-familiar short “firearm” format, established by the introduction of the Remington TAC-14 and Mossberg Shockwave. Because it is assembled at the factory without a buttstock, it is not considered a shotgun, and can therefore have a short barrel without being designated as a Short-Barreled Shotgun.
The biggest difference is the grip on the Ithaca, which looks like it could have actually been created from sawing off a full-sized stock, instead of the Raptor grip from Shockwave found on the Remington and Mossberg models.
Offered in both 12 and 20 gauges, the Stakeout II comes with a 14-inch chromemoly barrel and tapes out to a 26.75-inch overall length.
The new shorty comes with a black American walnut grip and the classic Ithaca ringed forend. The receiver can be had in a traditionally-styled satin finished receiver or in “Patriot” trim, which features an American flag graphic. Guns.com reports that Ithaca showcased a variant of the Patriot model with a synthetic thumbhole grip, but images on Ithaca’s website seem to indicate the commercially available model will feature the black American walnut furniture.
Though the gun is NFA-compliant, as evidenced by the copy of the compliance letter on their website, Ithaca remind consumers that state laws can still forbid purchase, as is the case with Ohio, Massachusetts, and California. Though these types of guns aren’t prohibited in New York state, Ithaca says they will not sell the Stakeout II there.
The MSRP is a bit steep, set at $749 to $849, when compared to the Mossberg Shockwave, which is selling for around $350 these days. For more info, visit ithacagun.com.