SOLD FOR: $3025
Serial Number: E734042
Year of Manufacture: 1920, C&R
Caliber: 12 Gauge, 2 ¾” Shells
Action Type: Pump Action Shotgun With Tubular Magazine
Barrel Length: 20.5”
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 with serrated slide handle, smooth semi-pistol grip, straight comb and hard rubber buttplate. The stock shows moderate to heavy handling and storage marks. The wood shows scattered scratches, scrapes and scuff marks. The grip shows several severe cracks and is chipped on the bottom near the trigger guard. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. This stock rates in about Fair overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The smooth bore is mostly bright. There are specks of light surface erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion and for the age, this bore rates a 8.5 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 70% of its metal finish. There is finish loss along the tubular magazine, along edges and on the receiver. The finish has a brown or black patina and shows some discoloration, most notably on the receiver. The balance of the finish shows moderate wear from handling and storage. The metal shows scattered nicks, dings, scuffs and scratch marks. There is scattered surface erosion. The screw heads are sharp, showing light to moderate use. Most markings are clear. Overall, and for its age, this shotgun rates in about Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions Correctly. We did not fire this firearm. This shotgun will slam-fire as designed. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The Winchester 1897 has served millions of Americans as the go-to shotgun for the home, trench, field or cowboy shooting. It is one of the most produced American shotguns, and for good reason. The action is strong and reliable, designed by John Moses Browning, it takes down easily, yet functions simply and indefinitely. This model 1897 has survived the years, over 100 of them now, and shows wear consistent with its age and use in the field. This Winchester has a good bore, strong mechanics and could be returned to the field for another 100 years. Please see our photos, good luck and happy bidding!