So I have recently inherited my grandpas model 1897. I’m just curious on trying to figure out when it was made and all that fun stuff.
SN is 42508
Other markings are a ‘12’ at the beginning of the barrel
On the Slide we have the nice ‘Winchester Model 1897‘
On the bolt(?) is ‘Pat. Applied for’
And finally we have a ‘Manufactured by Winchester Repeating arms ( A couple words lost to the sands of time)
New Haven Cont. Pat. (Rest is lost to the sands of time)’
Cant upload pics here, but I can email them if need be
April 15, 2005
Your Model 1897 is a very early production gun (manufactured in November 1897). Production of the Model 1897 began in July 1897.
You can send pictures of it to me at – [email protected]
WACA 6571L, Historian & Board of Director Member