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Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection
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 accomodatee 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.
This shotgun is commonly called a trench gun, having received its title from the trench warfare of WWI. As a short, multiple projectile, close-range firearm it was well suited for the trench's confined quarters. The submachine gun of WWII replaced the trench gun in this role. However, the short barrel shotgun is still used anywhere a handy, close-range firearm is needed.
The bayonet lug on this shotgun accepts the Model 1917 Enfield bayonet.
Magazine capacity: 5 shot shells.
bottom receiver/E/694881/top bbl/[P superscribed over W in an oval]/top receiver/[same motif]/left side bbl/[covered by hand guard] MS. CO. NEW HAVEN. CONNECTICUT. U.S.A./[covered by hand guard] 14. 98. OCT. 16. 1900. DEC. 25. 06. JULY. 5. 10./12 GA CYL/bolt actuating rod/MODEL 1897/-WINCHESTER-/TRADEMARK REG. IN U.S. PAT. OFF./left side bbl/PAT. JAN. 15 & MAR. 19. 1918/
Cataloged by BCD 4/91.
As of 06-14-2017 this object is on display in the Cody Firearms Museum. If you are making a special trip, please double-check before visiting.