Pedersen refined John Browning’s bottom-load, bottom-eject pump gun, which eventually became the Remington Model 17. Once the 17’s patent expired, Ithaca copied the gun and created a classic, the Model 37, which is still made today. Already a light gun, the Model 37 was made even lighter with the introduction of an alloy-framed model in the late ’70s. The Ultralite was offered through the late ’80s, so it was made both as a Model 37 and a Model 87. (There’s no appreciable difference between the two; after one of Ithaca’s many bankruptcies, the gun was renamed the Model 87, then re-renamed Model the 37 later.) It is no longer sold today, which, as the owner of this week’s gun will tell you, is no great loss.