Sold For: $1,130.97
Serial Number: E988510
Year of Manufacture: 1953
Caliber: 12 Gauge With 2 3/4” Chamber
Action Type: Pump Action Take-down With 5-Round Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT, U.S.A.”, with patent dates, “12 GA.” and “CYL.”. The top of the barrel is marked with a “WP” proof mark, found again on the top of the receiver. The bottom of the barrel extension is marked “988510”. The bottom of the receiver is marked “E / 988510”. The action bar is marked “MODEL 97 / -WINCHESTER- / TRADE MARK REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. & FGN.”.
Barrel Length: 20 1/2″
Choke: Cylinder Bore, Fixed
Sights / Optics: There is a silver-colored 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. The slide handle has 14 grooves on each side and a flat bottom. The buttstock has a flat-bottom pistol grip, straight comb and ventilated brown rubber Pachmayr recoil pad. The stocks have several scattered nicks, dings, bruises, scuffs, and scratches. They show discoloration from age and oil. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 5/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad, 12 5/8″ to the back of the wood. The pad has hardened some with age, showing discoloration and light wear. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good condition as refinished.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished, the barrel is not original to the gun.
Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright. There is some scattered minor erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 87% of its current metal finish. The majority of the balance is in operational wear, most notable on the magazine tube. There are some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. There are infrequent spots of minor surface oxidation and some tiny spots of very faint erosion which appear to be under the finish. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Very Good condition as refinished and not parts-original.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly, and is smooth. 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 one of the most popular shotguns in the world, serving the United states military in both World Wars, popular with law enforcement agencies and sportsmen across the country. It should come as no surprise then, that it is still popular today with collectors and CAS competitors. This shotgun is one of the later models with the receiver made in 1953. It’s been equipped with an earlier Cylinder barrel and had a new blued finish applied. About 87% of the finish remains, the mechanics are strong and the bore is more than decent for a 100 year old shotgun. This gun would make a nice addition to a Winchester shotgun collection, would be suitable for use in Cowboy Action Shooting and would still serve well as a home defense shotgun with its shorter barrel and Cylinder Bore. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R CAN be transferred in California. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.