Sold for $2849.64
Model: 1897, Riot
Year of Manufacture: 1914, C&R
Gauge: 12 Gauge
Choke: The Cylinder bore is fixed
Action Type: Pump-Action Shotgun with a Tubular Magazine
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT. 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. JULY 5. 10.” “12 GA.” and “CYL” underneath. The action slide bar is marked “MODEL 1897 / -WINCHESTER- / TRADE MARK REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. & FGN.” The bottom of the receiver is marked “E / 587898”. The top of the receiver and barrel have Winchester proofs.
Barrel Length: 20”
Sights/ Optics: There is a replacement large 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 black synthetic Winchester butt-plate. The stock has some light handling marks, nicks and scuffs. Notably, there are scattered light handling marks concentrated on the butt. The LOP is 13” from the trigger to the rear of the butt-plate. The butt-plate has some light handling marks. Overall, the stock is in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with some light erosion.
Overall Condition: The shotgun retains about 80% of its metal finish. There are some light-moderate handling marks, nicks and scuffs on the gun’s metal surfaces. Notably, there is light wear along the leading edges, a patch of light pitting on the left side of the muzzle and most of the areas where the finish has worn off have taken a patina color. The markings remain clear. The screwheads are lightly tooled and remain serviceable. Overall, the shotgun is in Very Good condition.
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 1897 was designed by the legendary gunsmith John Moses Browning. Browning improved upon his earlier Model 1893 with a stronger receiver that could sustain the pressure of smokeless powder shells. The gun is a “takedown design” meaning the barrel and magazine can be easily separated from the frame in order to make storage and transportation easier. Also, Browning designed the shotgun so that it can be “slam fired”, where the user keeps the trigger depressed and fires shells by cycling the forend. The gun has a large production run, from 1897-1957, and is still considered one of the most brilliant shotguns ever made.
This particular specimen is a Riot variant of the Model 1897 that was made in 1914. The gun has a replacement front sight, but otherwise appears to be in its original configuration. This is a solid option for fans of the Model 97. Good luck on your bid!