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Guns of DU

A look back at some of the modern classics selected as DU Guns of the Year
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1977 Ithaca Model 37 (40th Anniversary Gun)

Fittingly, DU's 40th anniversary gun was also born in 1937. The Ithaca Model 37 features a bottom-ejecting design that stays free of debris and slings hulls straight down to the floor of the blind, winning it favor among waterfowlers and left-handed shooters. This DU version has a 2 3/4-inch chamber and a 30-inch full-choke barrel. The receiver is engraved with a flushing duck, the DU crest, and the number "40." This gun also features upgraded wood and checkering on its grip and forearm.

1997 Browning Gold (60th Anniversary Gun)

For its 60th birthday, DU chose the Browning Gold, the gun that became the company's semiauto standard-bearer after the discontinuation of the Auto-5 in 1995. Introduced in 1994, the gas-operated Gold shares the A-5's speed-load feature, which has helped generations of waterfowlers reload when the action is fast. In all other ways, the Gold is completely different from the A-5. A gas gun, it's among the softest-shooting semiautos, and much lighter than its predecessor. This DU version has a 3-inch chamber and a 28-inch barrel with interchangeable chokes. Utah-based engraver Leon Burrows embellished the silver-colored receiver with gold waterfowl scenes. 

2007 Browning Silver Hunter (70th Anniversary Gun)

Browning's Silver is a budget-priced version of the Gold, but there is nothing "budget" about the Silver's performance. It's an extremely reliable gun with a receiver profile that recalls the great Auto-5. No corners were cut on DU's 70th anniversary gun, which has elaborate engraving featuring a trio of pintails by David Maass and a gloss-finished walnut stock with handsome skip-line checkering. This gun has a 3-inch chamber and 28-inch barrel with interchangeable chokes.

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