This is a fine example of a World War II production Winchester Model 97 shotgun that falls into the noted serial number range (E910000 to E960000) for WWII Winchester shotguns. This example has a single bead front sight with the bayonet lug, mounted on a six-hole heat shield/steel handguard. The barrel has the standard, two line, Winchester factory markings, partially covered by the heat shield with the rear section of the barrel marked with the "CYL" choke along with the a 2 3/4 inch marked chamber. The top of the breech end of the barrel shows the ordnance "flaming bomb" proof and both the top of the receiver and rear of the barrel have the Winchester factory "WP" proofs. The underside of the receiver and barrel extension both have matching serial numbers and the left side is roll stamped "U.S.". It is fitted with the standard walnut, 18-groove pump handle and a later pattern low comb pattern, smooth pistol grip buttstock. The left side is stamped with the later boxed "G.H.D./crossed cannons" cartouche. The buttstock is fitted with the standard black checkered plastic Winchester marked buttplate and it comes with a unmarked commercial leather sling, mounted on the lower, buttstock sling swivel and front sling bail. It has the standard length of pull of is 13 3/4 inches.
Very fine with 85% plus of the original blue finish overall with edge an high spot wear with wear and small nicks around the rear of the receiver. The slide bar retains traces blue with the balance a brown patina finish. The magazine tube has a noticeable dent at base. The buttstock and pump handle are both in fine condition with numerous small pressure dents, nicks and scratches overall with a chip in the right rear edge of he pump handle. The stock cartouche is clear and distinct. Mechanically excellent.
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