Serial Number: 655052
Year of Manufacture: 1919 (http://proofhouse.com/win/index.html)
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 ¾” Shells
Action Type: Pump Action, Tube Magazine Fed Takedown Shotgun
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked "MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A. / PAT. NOV. 25. 90. DEC. 6, 92. JULY 21, 96. FEB. 22. 98. JUNE 14. 98. OCT. 16. 1900. / DEC. 25. 06. JULY 5. 10 / 12 GA" with "WP" in oval, found again on top of the receiver. The underside of the receiver and receiver extension are marked with the serial number, the receiver's is below an "E", the slide arm is marked "MODEL 1897 / -WINCHESTER- / TRADE MARK REG. IN U.S. PAT. OFF.". The butt plate has a shield and is marked "HERTERS / SINCE 1893".
Barrel Length: 20”, cut down from an unknown original length.
Choke: The barrel is marked for Full but now reads 0.729", or Cylinder.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is installed behind a shaved off bead, mounted after the barrel was cut down, the top of the receiver has a "U" channel sighting plane.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two piece walnut set, with nice fit to the metal and a thin varnished coat. The forend has grooves for traction, it has rubbing and a few scattered gouge marks. The butt stock shows oil staining and a few minor gouges. The LOP measures 13 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the black vintage Herters butt plate. The plate has rubbing and a few small nicks, there are no major damages, it has nice fit to the butt stock and rates in Very Good condition. The stocks rate in about Good Plus to Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is dark gray, the surfaces have moderate to heavy pitting and scattered scabs of erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 15% of its metal finish, seen only on protected surfaces. The underside of the barrel has several filing marks, the front sight was re-located at least three times from its original configuration. The surfaces have a blanket of nice natural patina with operational rubbing wear and several bruises. Spots of mild pitting are seen throughout, with most of the other surfaces edging at pin pricks. The screw head slots are generally sharp. The markings are faded. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Good Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The shotgun has a ‘slam fire’ feature which allows the user to hold the trigger down and pump as fast as they want. The shotgun takes down into two pieces within seconds for storage and maintenance. This shotgun has a screw that limits over travel of the trigger, making it nice, short and crisp. The hammer's checkering was deepened and is very sharp. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: From Wikipedia: “The Winchester Model 1897 was designed by the famous American firearms inventor John Moses Browning. The Model 1897 was first listed for sale in the November 1897 Winchester catalog as a 12 gauge solid frame. However, the 12 gauge takedown was added in October 1898, and the 16 gauge takedown in February 1900. Originally produced as a tougher, stronger and more improved version of the Winchester 1893, itself a takeoff on the early Spencer pump gun, the 1897 was identical to its forerunner, except that the receiver was thicker and allowed for use of smokeless powder shells, which were not common at the time. The 1897 introduced a "take down" design, where the barrel could be taken off; a standard in pump shotguns made today, like the Remington 870 and Mossberg 500 series. Over time, “the model 97 became the most popular shotgun on the American market and established a standard of performance by which other kinds and makes of shotguns were judged, including the most expensive imported articles”. The Winchester Model 1897 was in production from 1897 until 1957. It was in this time frame that the "modern" hammerless designs became common, like the Winchester Model 1912 and the Remington 870 and the Model 1897 was superseded by the Winchester Model 1912. However, the gun can still be found today in regular use.” This shotgun was made in 1919, someone cut the barrel down, added an over travel limiting screw for the trigger and it may have been done quite some time ago. With some TLC and inspection by a gunsmith, it might be a swift cowboy action piece that definitely looks the part. Whatever the application, it's always fun to order an older slam piece. Please see our pictures and good luck.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R shotgun can be transferred in California.
LSB#: 161205KG41 Make: Winchester Model: 1897 Serial Number: 655052 Year of Manufacture: 1919 (http://proofhouse.com/win/index.html) Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 ¾” Sh
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