Winchester Model 1897 Shotgun

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Introduction | I. History of Winchester Guns | II. Models |  III. Variations | IV. Outline of Features | V. Condition  | VI. Diagrams

A Brief History of Winchester Guns and the 1897 Shotgun

Winchester Rifles and Shotguns was established by Oliver F. Winchester on February 20, 1866.  The first model produced under his name was the Model 1866 lever-action rifle .44 caliber rimfire.  There had been earlier rifles using lever action  including the Rocket Ball and Volition Repeater in 1848, Jennings Rifle (patent 1851), Smith and Wesson pistol, and Volcanic Repeating Arms (New Haven Arms Company and Henry Rifles).  When the design was improved by B. Henry Tyler (shop foreman at the New Haven Arms Company), the .44 caliber metalic rimfire cartridge became powerful enough to compete with the single shot rifles of the day.   Winchester Repeating Arms Company established itself as one of the world's leading firearms manufacturers of the world, and the subsequent rifles produced by Winchester are highly prized by collectors today.

About 1897 Winchester Shotgun
The 1897 Winchester shotgun was an updated successor to the 1893 Winchester.  It was designed utilizing a stronger frame steel than the 1893, the chamber was made longer for the 2-3/4 inch shells, the frame top was made solid for side ejection, and the stock was made longer and with less drop.  The gun was available in several different models  (also called 'configurations').   The 1897 Winchester was produced from 1897 through 1957.  During that 60-year period, there were over 1,025,000 guns sold.    THIS APPRAISAL COURSE WILL PROVIDE VALUES FOR ALL '1897' WINCHESTER SHOTGUNS.

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To determine the value of your firearm, you must first analyze it carefully.  There will be sufficient information in this course to accurately price and date your 1897 Winchester SHOTGUN.  As you go through the process fill in appropriate boxes in the right-hand column by clicking the mouse-pointer on the open circle that is most appropriate.

As you complete the appraisal, enter the information in the column to the right, then determine the final value


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There are eight distinct Model Configurations of 1897 Winchester shotgun, and they can vary a great deal in value.  In appraising your gun, you must initially determine your Model Configuration.   After selecting the appropriate Model, you will be easily guided through the variations and condition, to the value range.  There are also additional informational pages on the history of Winchester firearms.

 There are 4 steps to this process.

Step 1: Determine the Model-(i.e., Configuration) of your shotgun
Step 2:
Determine gauge variations of the model type
Step 3: Determine your shotgun Condition
Step 4:
Determine the Value of your shotgun

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Introduction | I. History of Winchester Guns | II. Models |  III. Variations | IV. Outline of Features | V. Condition  | VI. Diagrams