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Winchester 1897

Winchester Model 1897 Otherwise Known As Model 97, M97, or Trench Gun,


Winchester Model 1897

The Model 1897 was an evolution of the Winchester Model 1893 designed by John Browning. From 1897 until 1957, over one million of these shotguns were produced. The Model 1897 was offered in numerous barrel lengths and grades, chambered in 12 and 16 gauge, and as a solid frame or takedown. The 16-gauge guns had a standard barrel length of 28 inches, while 12-gauge guns were furnished with 30-inch length barrels. Special length barrels could be ordered in lengths as short as 20 inches, and as long as 36 inches. Since the time the Model 1897 was first manufactured it has been used by American soldiers,  police departments, and hunters.

Different Grades of the Model 1897 
Grade Gauge Barrel (inches) Production dates Remarks
Standard 12,16 30,28 1897-1957 Plain walnut stock with steel buttplate
Trap 12,16 30,28 1897-1931 Fancy walnut with checkering
Pigeon 12,16 28 1897-1939  Same as Trap, but hand-engraved receiver
Tournament 12 30 1910-1931  Select walnut; receiver top matte to reduce glare
Brush 12,16 26 1897-1931 Shorter magazine, plain walnut without checkering, solid frame
Brush Takedown 12,16 26 1897-1931 As above, but takedown frame
Riot 12 20 1898-1935 Plain walnut, solid or takedown frame
Trench 12 20 1917-1945 Same as riot gun but with heat shield, bayonet lug, and sling swivels
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