- "Lieutenant Hopkins says any time you reach for the shotguns, you're either going to end up dead or wearing a citation. So I guess..."
- ―Ralph Dunn
The Ithaca M37 is a pump-action shotgun made in large numbers for the civilian, military, and police markets.
It is a standard LAPD weapon, only used in situations where deadly force has been authorized and deemed necessary. Also known as the Featherlight, it utilizes a novel combination ejection/loading port on the bottom of the gun which leaves the sides closed to the elements.
In L.A. Noire
The Shotgun has been seen in videos and screenshots. It was first revealed in the "Gameplay Series: Orientation" that a pump action shotgun is kept in the trunk of the Ford Super De Luxe.
In-game, during a firefight, the player can go into the trunk of any police vehicle and pull out the shotgun. This gun is one of only two guns (the other being the Chicago Piano Gun) that can be kept in the trunk of all police vehicles.
The player will first use the shotgun in the case "Armed and Dangerous".
This weapon is powerful at close range; one hit will take out most enemies at close range and its blast can still harm them at medium range.
This weapon is also deadly if in the enemy's hands, Cole can be killed if he is hit twice at close range, three in outfits like Hawkshaw, this could frequently happen if your foes are charging at you.
In some combat situations, your foes will strike at you with the shotgun at very close range, however, they have only 4 shots before they need to reload. There is a second delay while they pump their weapon and they are not smart enough to take cover. Skilled players can use this to their advantage and counter the shotgunner. There are a few occasions during which they will stay exposed while they are reloading, if this happens, feel free to shoot them.(All situations mentioned above will only occur when you stay in cover)
In case "Armed and Dangerous" the shotgun obtained in the trunk has almost unlimited ammo, however, in cases like "Manifest Destiny", the shotgun in the trunk only holds 6-8 rounds.
The player can also find them in the hands of fallen enemies or fallen LAPD officers, they have limited ammo.
In PC version, this weapon has smaller spread, but damage is slightly increased.