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cwo4uscgret
December 10, 2016, 23:36
I made a trade with a friend of mine in Ohio for his 1897 Winchester. His photos didn't do much justice; this gun is (considering it is a 1941 vintage) in excellent condition. It has a cylinder choke, 20" barrel, sling swivels; all indicators that it is a factory made Riot Gun.

It was sold in 1976 by the Adjutant General's Office as surplus military equipment; my friend's father-in-law bought it; and until my friend received it, it was behind the master bedroom door, ready for action! There is a 4 digit number punched in the wrist of the stock; I suspect it may be a property or rack number. I think I got a fair deal considering what I had in the M1A and the condition of the shotgun...here are my pictures that don't do a lot of justice ever.

http://iwantthatknife.com/Gallery/albums/firearms-for-sale/97_1.jpg
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http://iwantthatknife.com/Gallery/albums/firearms-for-sale/97_receipt_1.jpg
http://iwantthatknife.com/Gallery/albums/firearms-for-sale/97_receipt_2.jpg

Stoney
December 11, 2016, 01:30
just bought one myself, would like to put the heat shield on it, how to find when it was made? mine does not look as nice.:cry:

cwo4uscgret
December 11, 2016, 05:27
http://winchestercollector.org/dates/

1911Ron
December 11, 2016, 15:30
I had one years ago, used it for Cowboy action. The only problem I had was my hand was slipped while pumping the action and my hand ran across the shell carrier and cut my palm pretty good.

The Repro works just like the original, hold the trigger and pump away!:biggrin:

Stoney
December 11, 2016, 16:55
1909

yovinny
December 12, 2016, 11:23
Very nice shotgun, but just FYI.
There is some conflict on production dates, but number 927310 would make it mid to late 40's.
It might have been sold as 'military surplus', but it's not US military marked or proofed, nor does it seem marked by any local Govt, LE, Postal, Prison,etc. service....Though lots werent.
I believe those sling swivels were added,,,Most all 97 riot guns didnt have any,,just the trench guns.
On trench guns the front swivel is part of the handguard.

Cheers, YV

cwo4uscgret
December 13, 2016, 00:49
Yes there are discrepancies on SNs including the Winchester Company's website.

I base my 1941 build date based on several factors; one the barrel has a "40" stamped on it and the serial number falls within the WWII Military serial numbers.

Regarding the lack of government inspection marks and the sling swivels - many of the National Guard issued riot guns didn't have the inspector marks and did have sling swivels either by the factory or by the armorers.

The history of this gun is said to be used by the Ohio State Department of Corrections and in 1976 was sold by the Adjutant General of the State of Ohio as excess state military property per the sales receipt. I'm looking further into its history. A key is the four digit number on the stock.