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Da Debbil Made Me Do It (Win97)

Nihonto Chicken

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Finally snagged an original Winchester Model 1897 at a decent price, though I certainly didn't steal it. Made in 1951, has seen little use. No rust or pits, a few freckles and scratches, no cracks or big dents/gouges, some blue wear on the edges, muzzle and trigger guard. I guesstimate about 90% overall. Pics below, eat your hearts out! ;)

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Invictus77

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When I was a kid, and I mean single digit age kid, my mom's uncle who lived in the country who we visited a lot had one plus some sort of 22 rifle on a wall rack by the back door. He was not a gun guy, just a rural country guy. I have no idea what happened to it later, but mom and her cousins (his sons) are still alive. I need to ask about it. It could be just sitting rusting and dusting in the corner of someone's basement or closet????

Any hoo, nice grab !
 

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Yup, even the "run hard and put away wet" ones are asking outrageous prices on GB. This one came from there, but was a non-auction, straight sales item with a reasonable price tag. I guess I was the first one to see it. So I've scratched my 1897 and Model 12 itches, might still be looking to soothe a riot Rem Model 11 irritation. ;)
 

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She's a purty thang!
My neighbor has a couple. One is a beat early 20th century the other is a 50's gun that looks pretty good. The newer one is here because it won't feed from the magazine. Never taken one apart, read that can be a tricky thing, have to figger it out.
Larry
 

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Mine has lots of wear, and the idiot before me put a poly choke on it. I had my smith cut it down to 18.25 inches, and put a brass bead on it. Perfection. Yours is WAY nice than mine, finish wise. Nice grab.
 

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Yeah, most Win 97s and 12s and many other old take down shotguns have rat chew marks on the upper left receiver face from doofus reassembly, the shotgun equivalent of the idiot scratch on 1911s. This one does as well, but it's not too bad. I actually have a Win Model 12 and a 1918-made 1911 that somehow have avoided such dummy defacements. Will charge an extra 20% for them when the time comes to turn them over. ;)
 
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