Within the Model 37 line, the Stakeout is recognized for its 13 inch barrel, shorter than on the base Model 37, as well as its lack of a fixed stock - utilizing a pistol grip form instead. The lack of a stock made the weapon more portable and highly suitable for close-quarters engagements and could be just as effectively devastating at short ranges. The weapon is also ideal for "keyless" entry of locked doors where hinges or knobs can be blown clear off when necessary. Stakeout versions saw combat actions in the Vietnam War.
Design was conventional with a relatively featureless receiver exterior. The pistol grip was fitted under the aft end with the barrel ahead and the ammunition tube magazine / pump slide. The slide was ribbed for a firmer grip. Operation is consistent with other pump-action slide shotguns of this type.
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