Winchester Model 1897 12 GAUGE – TAKEDOWN, 26” & 28" BARRELS, 99% FACTORY FINISHES, 1953
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Category: Winchester Shotguns - Pump - Winchester Shotguns
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Seller: Vintage Firearms, Inc
Company: Vintage Firearms, Inc.
Member Since: 5/19/07
First Name: jay
Last Name: shachter
Country: United States
Phone: (616) 292-6240
Phone2: (616) 954-0362
Fax: (616) 805-3668
Number of Active Listings: 114
Total Number of Listings: 1867
Seller: FFL Dealer
Return Policy: 3 day inspection and return policy on used guns.
Payment Types Accepted: check, certified funds
Winchester Model 1897 12 Gauge
TAKEDOWN, 26” & 28” BARRELS, 99% FACTORY FINISHES, 1953
General Specs: Winchester, Year 1953, 12 Gauge, 7lbs 12oz, Pump Action
Serial Number: 986219
Winchester came out with the Model 1897 pump action shotgun as an improvement to their Model 1893. In production from 1897 to 1957, there were over 1 million Model 1897 pump guns manufactured. An interesting note about the Model 1897 is that they were a favored weapon of the Vietnam soldiers for jungle warfare. Reason #1 was that they were carried fully loaded with the hammer down, the hammer being the safety. But, unlike other firearms that made a “click” when the safety was disengaged, you could pull the trigger on the 1897 while cocking the hammer and when the hammer was all the way back, the trigger could be released and the hammer held at full cock…SILENTLY. The soldiers new the “click” could them the element of surprise, a very important life/death issue. In addition, the Model 1897 can “slam fire”, meaning holding the trigger down while you ejected a spent shell and slam the forend forward would fire the next shell and one could unleash 8 rounds of buckshot in a matter of seconds. This gun, sn986219 made in 1953, though more of a field gun than a battle weapon, the features could still be of importance today. It is not difficult to find a nice M1897 in decent, functional condition. THIS M1897 IS A VERY SPECIAL GUN INDEED, as it shipped from the factory as a takedown model with 2 sets of barrels; a 26” Modified choke and a 28” cylinder choked barrel. MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE GUN HAS LIKELY NEVER BEEN AFIELD, AS THE ENTIRE GUN AND BOTH SETS OF BARRELS RETAIN 99% VIVID FACTORY FINISHES, INCLUDING THE WOOD. The stampings and lettering are all crisp, the factory machining and polishing marks are undisturbed, all numbers match. All knowledgeable Winchester collectors will concur that this is not a restored gun, but the “closet queen” we all hope to find on our treasure hunt for fine Winchesters. It is rare indeed to come across such a gun, as most all were well used tools of the day. If you like the gun and want VFI to custom fit the set to a quality case, including accessories and a Winchester “makers” label, we can do that within 3 weeks of purchase for an additional charge. Anything Winchester that is in mint condition and “vintage” is a grand investment vehicle for your hard-earned cash. To find a two-barrel set in a minty Model 1897 is indeed a grand opportunity, and these guns are just plain fun to shoot. Thanks for looking and don’t let this one get away!
Barrel Length: 26"/28"
Chokes: 26"=.013 Mod, 28"=.002 Cyl
Bores: both mirrors
Bore Diameter: .732 both sets
Wall Thickness: .060/.060
% Blue: 99% factory
Chambers: 2 3/4"
Action: crisp, blued
Case Color: receiver 99% factory blue
Trigger Type: single, crisp
Trigger Guard Color: 99% factory
Type: flat knob; 14 groove forend
LOP: 13 3/4"
LOP To End Of Wood: 13 1/2"
DAH: 2 1/4"
DAC: 1 11/16"
Checkering Condition: none
Butt Treatment: winchester butt plate
There are more photos upon request. We offer a 30 day mechanical warranty on this fine shotgun. Call us for full details. PLEASE SEE MY OTHER FINE VINTAGE FIREARMS. Just open one of my ads and click on the line that says “see all items from this seller” and a very nice list of fine sporting and collectible arms will appear. I have many more fine sxs shotguns not yet listed. Thanks for looking!
We employ a full time gunsmith on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase.
Payment Methods: Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: 6% Michigan Only
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $45.00 We ship internationally!
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes
If you have any questions about this item or payment, please email or call us directly, at #616-292-6240. Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc
We employ a full time gunsmith on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase. Common requests are: -stock bending to suit your particular requirements -addition of any specified butt pad to increase length of pull -alteration of chokes to suit your shooting preferences -lengthening of chambers and forcing cones -darkening stock color with penetrating stains -restoring any part of the gun including rust blue, charcoal blue, bone and charcoal case color, wood restoration and checkering recuts. If you like one our guns but it needs "tweaked", let us know and we can quote you a time and price. Some enthusiasts like the guns "as found" and others want them "just so". We often list guns as found and let the particular buyer choose how they want their gun to fit or look.