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     Excellent World War II U.S. Winchester Model 97 Slide Action Trench
Shotgun with Accessories - Serial no. E931719, 12 gauge, 20 7/8 inch round
bbl., blue finish, walnut stock. The Winchester Model 97 trench shotgun gained
worldwide fame in the trenches of World War I with its slam fire capability, and
was extensively utilized in the Pacific Theater during World War II, remaining
in Army and Marine inventory until the 1990s. This classic military shotgun is
desirable in any condition, and examples of a World War II Model 97 trench
shotgun in excellent, original condition are extremely scarce. Single bead front sight and
six-hole heat shield with bayonet lug. The barrel is marked for cylinder choke, a 2 3/4 inch chamber, and “41” dated on the underside. Flaming bomb proofs are present on top of the barrel and on the left side of the frame next to “U.S.” Matching serial numbers marked on the bottom of the receiver and takedown collar. Ribbed forearm and smooth pistol grip stock with “G.H.D./Ordnance cannons” inspection cartouches stamped on the left, sling swivels, checkered buttplate and a 13 7/8 inch length of pull. Includes a 1945 dated canvas U.S. ammunition pouch and olive drab green canvas sling.
CONDITION: Excellent, retains 95% original blue finish with light cycling wear visible on the magazine tube, some light handling marks,
a few small patches of very light pitting, and sharp markings in the metal. Wood is very fine with defined edges and rich lightly re-oiled finish, a few light handling marks, and crisp cartouches. Mechanically excellent. This excellent Winchester Model 97 trench shotgun would make a fine addition to any U.S. Military or World War II collection!
Estimate: 9,500 - 16,000
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