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Action - Pump Action
Gauge - 12 Ga.
Chamber - 2-3/4"
Barrel Length - 30"
Winchester's pump action repeating shotgun is an American legend. The Winchester Model 1897, also known as the Trench Gun, is a pump-action shotgun with an external hammer and tube magazine. Originally produced as a tougher, stronger and more improved version of the Winchester 1893, itself a takeoff on the early Spencer pump gun, the 1897 is identical to its forerunner, except that the receiver is thicker and allows for use of smokeless powder shells. When working the action of the Model 1897, the forend is racked and a long slide comes out of the receiver and ejects the spent shell while simultaneously cocking the external hammer leaning many to refer to the 97 as a slide action pump shotgun. An improved slide lock keeps the gun locked until actual firing occurred which prevents the gun from jamming in the case of a misfire. The 1897 also introduced a take down design, where the barrel can be taken off, a standard in pump shotguns made today. This 1904-manufactured shotgun features a front bead sight and a fixed full choke. Its wood is in fair condition. Its metal and bore are in rough condition.