Going through some old content I realize that I never posted these images! Whoops! Here is a brief synopsis:
This 1897 Winchester probably started life as a standard 30-ish-inch length barrel hunting shotgun. At some point over the last decade, a SASS (Single Action Shooting Society) member had it chopped, barrel threaded for screw in chokes, installed a new brass front bead, and slicked up the action.
Let me say that last part again since the words on the page don’t do it justice: This. Gun. Is. Crazy. Stupid. Slick.
I am not a cowboy guy. I am not really someone who needs a1897. But when my gun-crack dealer handed me this scatter gun and said, “Trust me. Just work the action”; I should have pushed away from the table and walked.
As soon as I worked the pump, I was done. It would be mine. Yes, I tried my best to act cool and do some negotiating. But the gun was in on consignment and there wasn’t much room to play on the price. The seller was getting up in years and getting out of SASS. He was likely selling at a loss as it was.
Around here, this 1897 is known as the, “OMG!”. Because the second someone racks the action, they involuntarily mutter, “Oh My God!”.
Yes, it’s really that slick. That old boy must have dumped serious cash into the conversion. We are lucky to have it. Especially at the price we paid.
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