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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 accomodate 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.
This is a standard M/97 riot/trench gun, with the exception of the prototype hand guard/heat shield, bayonet lug, and sling swivel assembly. The hand guard is sheet metal which conforms to the barrel's shape and extends from 4 inches in front of the receiver to the bayonet lug attachment at the tube end. There are no perferations in the guard--only two dimples that hold it away from the barrel. The bayonet lug accepts a 1917 Enfield bayonet, however, the cross guard would need to be modified to fit over the barrel.
Magazine capacity: 5 shot shells.
bottom receiver/E/555396/top receiver/[P superscribed over W in oval]/left side bbl/[covered by hand guard] CO. NEW HAVEN. CONNECICUT. U.S.A./[covered by hand guard] 8. OCT. 16. 1900. DEC. 25. 06. JULY 5. 10./12 GA. FULL/bolt actuating rod/MODEL 1897/-WINCHESTER-/TRADEMARK REG IN. U.S.A. PAT. OFF./
Cataloged by BCD 4/91. There are some varnish drips on the buttstock.
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.