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Cody Firearms Museum

Makers
Winchester Repeating Arms Co., New Haven, CT 967
Descriptions
finish 98 full 11 shallow groove on receiver blued overall, except for hammer, firing pin, springs, and miscellaneous parts which are in the white semi-pistol grip 25 magazine 88 checkered bakelite buttplate 4 round barrel 64 oiled 7 tubular 51 rear sight 51 left side entirely cutaway from wrist through chamber area barrel and magazine to demonstrate internal mechanism front sight 59 bead 112 stock 186 two-piece walnut 20 slide action 13 barrel 187 grooved slide handle 4 right side of receiver has two extra screws, one in front of receiver to retain barrel, and one in rear to retain pushpin single barrel 10 sporting 150
Names
firearm 4093
Use
cutaway 15 repeating 17 shotgun 354
Date:
ca. 1930
Dimensions:
L: 49.25 in, Barrel length: 30 in, H: 7.375 in
Credit Line:
Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection
Gloss:
The Model 1897 slide action repeating shotgun was a revamped and greatly improved version of the Model 1893. An action slide lock was incorporated for safety and a wide variety of styles were introduced. The Model 1897 was the first Winchester shotgun to accommodate 2 3/4-inch shot shells, the first available in 16 gauge, and the first with solid frame or takedown features. It was the most famous visible hammer repeating shotgun made in America. The magazine holds five shells. Additional gloss information entered from written record 2/16/03: This new model was a revamped and greatly improved Winchester Model 1893 shotgun with several important changes: 1) The frame was strengthened and made longer to handle a 12 gauge 2-3/4 in. shell, as well as the 2-5/8 in. shell. 2) The frame at the top was covered so that the ejection of the fired shell was entirely from the side. 3)The gun could not be opened until a slight forward movement of the slide handle released the action slide lock. In firing, the recoil of the gun gave a slight forward motion to the slide handle and released the action slide lock, which enabled the immediate opening of the gun. In the absence of any recoil, the slide handle had to be pushed forward manually in order to release the action slide lock. 4) A movable cartridge guide was placed on the right side of the carrier block to prevent the escape of the shell when the gun was turned sideways in the act of loading. 5) The stock was made longer and with less drop. The model 1897 shotgun was first listed for sale in the November 1897 catalog, in 12 gauge solid frame only. The 12 gauge takedown was added in October 1898, the 16 gauge takedown was added in February 1900. Two piece walnut, oiled, grooved slide handle, semi-pistol grip, checkered Bakelite buttplate with old style Winchester trademark. Left side entirely cutaway from wrist through chamber area of barrel and magazine to demonstrate internal mechanism. The Model 1897 shotgun became popular immediately after its announcement and quickly outdistanced the sales of is principal competitors' models, the Spencer and Burgess guns. The Model 1897is the most famous visible hammer type repeating shotgun ever made in this country and is still used by a surprisingly large number of shooters who prefer the visible hammer type of mechanism. Discontinued in 1957, approximately 1,024,700 were made. The Model 1897 was followed by the Winchester Model 1900 rifle (Barnes 1980).
Inscription:
bolt actuating rod/MODEL 1897/-WINCHESTER-/TRADE MARK REG. IN U.S. PAT. OFF./barrel left/MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVE, CON (illegible) PAT. NOV. 25. 90. DEC. 6. 92. JULY 21. 96. FEB. 22. 98. JUNE 14-98. OCT. 16. 1900. DEC. (illegible)/receiver/E/5566__
Remarks:
Winchester R & D label on left side of buttstock.
Model:
Model 1897
Caliber/Gauge:
12 gauge
Serial Number:
5566___ (serial number cutoff due to the cutaway)
Accession Number:
1988.8.298

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