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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 is probably a final prototype of the Model 1897--it reflects all the final production features and markings, except for the serial number and raised rear sight groove.
Magazine capacity: 5 shot shells.
right side bbl/280 [underlined]/top bbl/MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A./PAT. NOV. 25. 90. DEC. 6. 92. JULY 21. 96. FEB. 22. 98. JUNE. 14. 98. OCT. 16. 1900./12 GA/left side bbl/FULL/bolt actuating rod/MODEL 1897/WINCHESTER TRADEMARK/
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.