SOLD FOR: $3025.01
Serial Number: 477757
Year of Manufacture: 1911
Gauge: 12 Gauge
Action Type: Pump-Action with Tubular Magazine
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO, NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A / PAT. NOV. 25. 90. DEC. 6. 92. JULY 21. 96. FEB. 22. 98. JUNE 14. 98. OCT. 16. 1900. DEC. 25. 06.” and “12 GA.”. There is a Winchester proof mark on the top of the barrel just forward of the receiver and on the top of the receiver. The top of the barrel is also marked “FULL”. The action arm on the left is marked “MODEL 1897 / –WINCHESTER– / TRADE MARK REG. IN U.S. PAT OFF.”. The underside of the barrel extension and the underside of the receiver show the serial number “477757”. The underside of the receiver is also marked “E”.
Barrel Length: 32”
Choke: Full, Fixed
Sights / Optics: This shotgun has a bead front sight. There is a shallow sighting groove in the top-front of the receiver. The top of the barrel and receiver have serrations for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with straight grip, straight comb, inlaid black diamonds on the wrist, and an aftermarket buttpad. The stocks have been refinished. There is a crack on the right side of the forend at the front. There is a crack on the left side of the wrist at the receiver and a smaller one on the right side. There are a few scattered scuffs and light handling marks. There are a couple of pools of finish, the most noticeable are on the left side of the forend. The checkering is strong. The LOP measures 11 1/2″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the wood and 12 3/4″ to the pad. The pad has some scattered light wear. Overall, the stocks are in Very Good-Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is gray and there is scattered erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 95% of its new metal finish. There are areas of erosion under the finish on the receiver, bolt, barrel, magtube, and action bar. There are a few scattered light scuffs and little marks through the finish. There is light operational wear. The screw heads show some tooling marks but remain serviceable. The markings are clear some are rounded, the proofs are light and the receiver proof is gone. Overall, this shotgun is in Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The action slam fires as designed. We have not fired 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 was popular with law enforcement agencies across the country. It was made in all types of configurations from riot, trench, and sporting like this one. The design has stood the test of time, it is still used to this day in Cowboy Action Shooting, and has been used by multiple world champions of the shooting discipline. For those that are interested, this shotgun DOES retain the ability to slam fire. This Model 97 is a 12 gauge made in 1911 and has a set of black diamond checkered select walnut stocks with a straight grip. The gun retains a decent bore and has good mechanics, perfect for the range or the field. This classic American shotgun is ready to drop bird or dust clays for decades to come, and turn some heads while you do it. This will make a nice addition to a Winchester or other themed firearms collection. Please see our photos and good luck!