Winchester Model 1893 12 Ga. FULL 32″ Pump-Action Shotgun Ca. 1897 Antique

Sold for $1820.88


Make: Winchester

Model: 1893

Serial#: 28780

Year of Manufacture: Circa 1897, Antique

Gauge: 12 Gauge

Choke: Full choke, Fixed

Action Type: Pump-Action Shotgun fed by a Tubular Magazine

Markings: 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 & DEC. 6. 1892.” and “12” (the gauge designation). The action slide bar is marked “WINCHESTER / MODEL 1893”. The bottom of the barrel is marked “40”. The bottom of the receiver is marked “B / 28780”.

Barrel Length: 32”

Sights/ Optics: There is a brass bead fixed by the muzzle.

Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip: The stock is two-piece wood featuring a corn cob style forend, a semi-pistol grip, a straight comb and a metal checkered butt-plate with smooth borders. The stock has some light handling marks, nicks and scuffs. Notably, on the right side there is both a light crack that extends from the rear of the forend to a screw and one that originates at the screw and extends further onto the forend. Also, the forward left and right sides of the grip have light cracks that originate at the receiver, there is a light crack on the upper right portion of the butt at the plate and a small light crack at the heel that originates at the butt-plate. The LOP is 14” from the trigger to the rear of the butt-plate. The butt-plate is in the white, coated in light-moderate surface oxidation and light handling wear. Overall, the stock is in Very Good condition for an Antique.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is grey with scattered patches of light erosion and pitting.

Overall Condition: The shotgun retains about 50% of its metal finish. The gun has routine handling marks, some nicks, patches of finish loss and scuffs. The gun is coated in light surface oxidation and has taken a patina color where the finish has worn off. Notably, there is moderate finish loss along the leading edges, light wear around the muzzle, finish loss on the magazine from the action being engaged and finish loss on the rear portion of the barrel. Some markings have faded but most still remain clear. The screwheads are only lightly tooled and remain serviceable. Overall, the shotgun is in Very Good condition for an Antique.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This shotgun can be slam-fired which is done by holding the trigger and pumping forend to fire the gun, this is how the gun was designed.We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box Paperwork and Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: The Winchester Model 1893 was a groundbreaking pump-action shotgun that was designed by the legendary gunsmith John Moses Browning. Unlike Browning’s Model 1887 which had a lever-actuated action, this was a true pump-action shotgun. Although an extremely well designed firearm, the Model 1893 could not sustain the pressure from smokeless powder shells which forced Browning to improve the m/1893. His efforts yielded the Winchester Model 1897, an improved version of the m/1893 that was made to fire smokeless powder shells. Although it had a short lived production run (ca 1893-1897), the m/1893 would serve as the basis for some of the most successful shotguns ever to be made (the Model 1897 and later Model 1912).

This particular specimen is a Winchester Model 1893 that was made near the end of the gun’s production run in early 1897. This can be ascertained by the “B” marking above the serial number; guns marked this way are dated between January and June of 1897. These guns (the Model 1893 shotguns that is) could not safely fire smokeless powder rounds, and can only safely fire black powder shells which are now obsolete. The gun has wear typical of an Antique firearm, but it remains mechanically sound. This is a great option for historical firearms collectors. Good luck on your bid!