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A bit of fun nostalgia on a M1897 Riot Gun
October 16, 2020
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Last night, I was reading an old dealer gun list I received from Rudy’s Inc. out of Wyndmere, ND.  He was one of the good ones.  I had great respect for him and he was truly a straight shooter. He sent me that list in January, 1973.  Here is an item from that list:

Win. M97 Riot gun, 12 ga., new & unfired, orig. box, absolutely perfect with tags and instructions.  $295.00

And for those that like rifles:

Win. M88 .358 cal. lever action, new in orig. box  $375.00

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Unfortunate I didn’t pick those up back then (and kept them).

October 17, 2020
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Back a few years ago, I bought a drippy mint M1897 US marked Trenchgun from a well known dealer for $4,000. Everyone thought I was crazy, but how many WW1 US marked Trenchguns become available, especially mint ones. Long story short. I kept the shotgun for a couple months, put it on Gun Broker and got $13,500 for it. Now who’s crazy?  Big Larry

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Big Larry said
Back a few years ago, I bought a drippy mint M1897 US marked Trenchgun from a well known dealer for $4,000. Everyone thought I was crazy, but how many WW1 US marked Trenchguns become available, especially mint ones. Long story short. I kept the shotgun for a couple months, put it on Gun Broker and got $13,500 for it. Now who’s crazy?  Big Larry  

Larry – a good example of how sometimes you just have to trust your own instincts.  As I think of it, I have seen Trench guns (e.g. Winchester, Remington, Stevens, etc.) go for crazy money on gunbroker and gunauction in recent years.  

October 17, 2020
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Larry – a good example of how sometimes you just have to trust your own instincts.  As I think of it, I have seen Trench guns (e.g. Winchester, Remington, Stevens, etc.) go for crazy money on gunbroker and gunauction in recent years.    

Steve, I got $17,500 for my Ithaca M37 Trenchgun. Had original receipt from the DCM for $14.50.  Big Larry

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Steve, I got $17,500 for my Ithaca M37 Trenchgun. Had original receipt from the DCM for $14.50.  Big Larry  

That’s a great example of the kind of very high prices I have seen in the last couple years.  

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steve004 said

That’s a great example of the kind of very high prices I have seen in the last couple years.    

Trenchguns have always had high $$$ values. That is why you see some many cobbled up fakes. I have one example left as I no longer collect US militaria.

It is a 100% correct 1943 vintage M97 Trenchgun, and it is too close to mint to call. # 955552.  Big Larry

 

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