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This is a discussion on 1897 within the Shotguns forums, part of the Long Gun Forum category; I finally scored a Winchester 1897, made in 1911. I've been watching for the right one for better than 5 years, but the Cowboy Action ...


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Old 08-18-2015, 06:20 PM   #1
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I finally scored a Winchester 1897, made in 1911. I've been watching for the right one for better than 5 years, but the Cowboy Action Shooters tend to keep the prices up. I didn't need one, since I have other shotguns for huntin and self defense, but I'm just a sucker for exposed hammers.
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Old 08-18-2015, 06:22 PM   #2
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Congrats junkie! Looks like a goodin!
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Nice find ..............I sold mine to 303 and it was a take down and in near new condition and super tight . I hope he has a better pic of it .

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Old 08-18-2015, 08:46 PM   #5
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Two nice looking 1897's. Wow.

TGR, that is a really nice one.
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Old 08-19-2015, 03:46 AM   #6
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Nice find, GJ. I have always liked the looks of the '97.

Enjoy it.
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Old 08-19-2015, 04:28 AM   #7
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If they could just talk what an interesting story they could tell. Congrats GJ that a fine looking old gun.
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Nice find ..............I sold mine to 303 and it was a take down and in near new condition and super tight . I hope he has a better pic of it .

I have a picture of it somewhere. I'll try to post a recent one of it in a few days.
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Wasn't that the model that was used as a trench gun in WW I?
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Always liked exposed hammer pumps of any kind, rifle or shotgun.

There was a time before CASS became popular that you'd see a lot of 97s for sale. Wish I had bought a couple back then, but guess we could all say that about a lot of guns.
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Wasn't that the model that was used as a trench gun in WW I?
Same model. The trench guns usually had a shorter barrel, a heat shield and a bayonet lug. You can hold the trigger, and keep on pumpin.
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Here is John's 1897 and a newer Norinco trenchgun replica. The bayonet is dated 1917.

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I cut the 1897 down for CAS/ SASS matches . The Trench gun are not legal in matches . All the 1897 Winc will slam fire .
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Always liked exposed hammer pumps of any kind, rifle or shotgun.

There was a time before CASS became popular that you'd see a lot of 97s for sale. Wish I had bought a couple back then, but guess we could all say that about a lot of guns.
Like the new stainless Detective Special I could have bought in the late 90's for $300 and said no. That's another story and a painful one for me.
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Timing is everything!
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I cut the 1897 down for CAS/ SASS matches . The Trench gun are not legal in matches . All the 1897 Winc will slam fire .
Yours sure operates a lot easier but its had a few rounds shot through it. The Norinco has only been shot a few dozen times and is still a tad stiff.
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What would you say of the quality of the Norinco. That's one model I've been thinking of.
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