SOLD FOR: $1085
Model: 97 Riot Gun, Solid Frame
Serial Number: E692535
Year of Manufacture: 1921
Caliber: 12 Gauge with 2 3/4” Chamber
Action Type: Pump Action Shotgun with Tubular Magazine
Markings: The action bar is marked “MODEL 1897 / -WINCHESTER- / TRADE MARK REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. & FGN.”. The top of the barrel is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A. MODEL 1893.PAT.NOV.25.1890.” above patent dates and is followed by “12GA”. The top of the chamber and the top of the receiver are both marked with ovalled “WP” proofs. The bottom of the receiver is marked “E / 692535”.
Barrel Length: 19.25″ Custom Cut
Choke: Fixed, Bore Gauge read CYL-12
Sights / Optics: There is a brass bead at the front of the barrel and a shallow groove at the front of the receiver which serves as a sighting plane.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece walnut with grooved slide handle, smooth semi-pistol grip, straight comb and serrated buttplate. There are some scattered nicks, scuffs, scratches, light scrapes, and compressions on the pump grip. The buttstock is not original. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13.75″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some scattered light wear. Overall, the stocks are in Very Good condition as is.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refurbished
Bore Condition: The bore is semi bright with concentrated spots of erosion especially near the muzzle end.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 99% of its refurbished finish. There is some light operation wear on the action but other than that the new finish is pristine with no notable defects. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in Very Good condition as Refurbished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly, and is smooth. This shotgun will slam-fire as designed. We did not fire this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The Winchester 1897 was designed by the famed John M. Browning and quickly became one of the most popular shotguns in the world, serving the United States military in both World Wars and popular with law enforcement agencies across the country. It should come as no surprise then, that it was also popular on the civilian market with many field guns produced. This one is over 80 years old and is still ready for use, with its short barrel it would be great for Cowboy Action Shooting. The action functions properly, a perfect shooter,l and the finish shines. Winchester 97s are a hell of a time to shoot and everyone should have one, why not make this one yours? Please see our photos and good luck!