Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1473: World War II U.S. Winchester 97 Trench Shotgun with Bayonet

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

World War II U.S. Winchester Model 97 Slide Action Trench Shotgun with Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,750 - $4,250

World War II U.S. Winchester Model 97 Slide Action Trench Shotgun with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1897
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 20 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 801
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 341
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

The Winchester 1897 was one of John Browning's many contributions to American sporting and combat arms, and in both the "trench" and "riot" configurations performed fine service for military and law enforcement users, seeing action as early as 1899 in the Philippines, and earning particular fame in World War I and World War II for its potent close range firepower. The Winchester Model 97 Trench Gun was extensively utilized in the Pacific Theater during World War II and remained in the Army and Marine inventory until the 1990s. Single bead sight on the bayonet lug, with a six-hole heat shield over the barrel, which has standard markings, flaming bomb and Winchester proofs on top of the breech, cylinder choke and 2 3/4 inch chamber markings on the left of the breech, and "41" dated underneath the breech. "U.S." ahead of a large flaming bomb stamped on the left rear side of the receiver, with matching serial numbers on the receiver and barrel iron. Fitted with an 18-groove forearm, smooth pistol grip stock stamped with a boxed "W.B." above crossed cannons on the left side, and a checkered Winchester buttplate. 13 7/8 inch length of pull. Includes a Remington U.S. M1917 bayonet dated "9 17" and British broad arrow marked, and olive drab green leather scabbard.

Rating Definition:

Very good, retains 95% refinished blue finish with some scattered small patches of light pitting visible underneath the finish. Wood is fine as re-oiled with a legible cartouche, some scattered pressure dents and scratches, some light chipping around the edge of the pistol grip with otherwise defined edges and crisp stampings. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet and scabbard are both very fine.

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