December 27, 2020
As per Codys factory letter, it left the factory February 01 1907. It was a 12 guage, had a 28″ barrel, Fine damascus matted barrel, full pistol fancy checkered birdseye maple stock and slide handle, pull 13 inches, small grip, corner of slide handle well rounded, silvers pad, takedown, engraved, monogram on right side M.K.B, Gold plated cap on pistil grip, gold plated receiver, action slide cap, magazine plug, magazine band, trigger and sight. All the metal seems to be untouched and original. The slide handle seems to be untouched and original. The stock is fancy birdseye maple, but I think it has been replaced. It has a hawkin recoil pad, no gold plated grip cap and not checkered. I do have an extra barrel assembly with a matted barrel, no gold and the numbers don”t match the receiver. It has a checkered round slide handle. Bart Lewis won the singles at the Grand and was awarded the gun. I’m new to the site and signed in as a guest. I have photos, but can”t seem to figure out how to attach them. I’m considering selling the gun and have no idea what it is worth. I sent photos to George Madis several years ago and he replied with a hand written three page letter. He said: I doubt that there is another 97 like this in existence….it is one of best winchesters shotguns I have had the pleasure of viewing.
April 15, 2005
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