GunAuction to Watch: Winchester Model 97 16 Gauge


( — The Model 1897 was a slide-action shotgun designed for the new smokeless powder when it was introduced more than a century ago. According to the Winchester Collector website, Winchester made more than 1 million 1897s, with production from 1897 to 1957. Replacing the Model 1893, the 1897 was offered in 12 gauge with a 30-inch barrel until 1899 in solid frame or takedown. The 16 gauge was introduced in 1900. Oregon-based “elkman” has a Winchester Model 97 16 gauge 2 3/4-inch-chamber pump-action shotgun listed for sale in Auction #10999652.

The seller describes the bore as “is bright and shiny, real decent.” “Elkman” adds, “The finish is worn on the receiver and is a bit better on the barrel. The takedown pin is missing and needs to be replaced, and there’s some deep scratches in that area. The wood has plenty of handling marks and a extra coat of finish.”

The Winchester Model 1897 became the most popular outside-hammer, slide-action in history. Special features include fancy checkered walnut stocks and engraving. According to a 1916 catalogue, the plain-finish example sold for $25, while an engraved receiver with checkered and finer wood sold for $100.The gun at auction has a barrel that’s 30 inches long. The choke is Full. LOP is 14 inches.

If you’re interested in owning a piece of history, there are already 23 bids (at least) for Auction #10999652, which ends April 22, 2012 @ 18:00:00 PT.

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