SOLD FOR: $1725
Serial Number: 144668
Year of Manufacture: 1902
Caliber: 12 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Shells
Action Type: Pump Action Shotgun, Tubular Magazine, Takedown
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A.” with patent dates and “12 “, the left is marked “FULL”. The bottom of the receiver at the front is marked “C / 144668”, the bottom of the barrel extension is marked “144668”. The action bar is marked -“WINCHESTER / MODEL 1897”-.
Barrel Length: 30″
Choke: Full, Fixed
Sights / Optics: There is a brass bead at the muzzle.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece wood with grooved slide-handle secured by three screws at the rear, round-bottom semi-pistol grip, straight comb and smooth steel buttplate. The stocks have some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches, most in the buttstock. There are a couple of more notable nicks in the top and bottom of the wrist. There are a few thin cracks around the front edge of the wrist. The LOP measures 13 3/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has wear at the heel and around the edges with scattered light nicks, scratches and some minor surface oxidation. Overall, the stocks are in about Good-Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright. There is some scattered light erosion and minor pitting with one spot of more moderate pitting.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 75% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. The barrel has generally strong finish with some minor wear toward the rear, a few scattered light nicks and scuffs, and spots of what appears to be red paint scattered forward of the magazine bracket. The magazine tube has wear on its domed cap, tool marks around the cap screws, and operational wear from the slide handle, with otherwise generally strong finish. The receiver has wear in the rounded portions with stronger finish in the flats and on the bolt and lifter. There are some scattered nicks and scratches on the receiver. The worn areas show discoloration from oxidation and there are some scattered spots of light surface oxidation. The action shows operational wear. 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.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and smoothly. The trigger is crisp. 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