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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.
The finish on this Model 1897 prototype reflects extensive rough shaping with files. It also has several unusual and discontinued features, such as the domed end of the magazine, and the magazine tube rotating mechanism allowing for takedown.
Magazine capacity: 5 shot shells.
between forestock & bbl/WINCHESTER/MODEL 1893/inside receiver/PAT. APPLIED FOR/
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.