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Winchester 97 E series barrel length question
November 15, 2018
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I’m looking at buying a large collection of guns. Mostly Winchesters. One area that I’m in the dark on is shotguns. 

One of the guns is a model 97 12 gauge.  I can get the serial number in full tomorrow when I go back to the location it resides. It is an E series/variation.

The condition appears to be fairly high and seems to be original after my first inspection...

But the barrel is only about 20” (I’ll measure it tomorrow as well).

My concern is if the barrel has been chopped or if it is correct, and how I might determine one from the other. 

November 15, 2018
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I’m looking at buying a large collection of guns. Mostly Winchesters. One area that I’m in the dark on is shotguns. 

One of the guns is a model 97 12 gauge.  I can get the serial number in full tomorrow when I go back to the location it resides. It is an E series/variation.

The condition appears to be fairly high and seems to be original after my first inspection...

But the barrel is only about 20” (I’ll measure it tomorrow as well).

My concern is if the barrel has been chopped or if it is correct, and how I might determine one from the other.   

20" is standard for the riot and trenchguns. The bbl. should be marked CYL. Get more info.  Big Larry

November 15, 2018
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Thank you Larry,

 

I will confirm that it is cylinder bore. 

It doesnt have a shroud and bayonet lug? like the 97 trench guns I’ve seen on the web. Are the riot guns simply a typical model 97 with a 20” barrel? 

November 15, 2018
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Joel,

A commercial Riot Gun is identical to a Field grade gun except for the 20-inch CYL marked barrel. Standard Model 97 Field grade guns were made with a 30-inch barrel, and typically with a FULL choke marked barrel. Optional barrel lengths were 26, 28, and 32 inch, and optional choke was MOD. If you suspect a chopped barrel, measure the distance from the muzzle face to the center of the front sight bead. If it is not exactly .50" (1/2"), it is a cut down barrel.

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November 15, 2018
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Bert,

That's exactly the info I had hoped to hear!

I’ll report back with my findings tomorrow. 

 

Thanks!

Joel

November 18, 2018
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The barrel measured 20” and the distance from the center of the front sight bead to the muzzle face is exactly .50”.

Its very clean overall and I believe I’ll bring it home with me in the next wave of purchases. 

Once I have it, I’ll post pics. Hopefully I get into it for an appropriate amount!

 

Thanks again!

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The barrel measured 20” and the distance from the center of the front sight bead to the muzzle face is exactly .50”.

Its very clean overall and I believe I’ll bring it home with me in the next wave of purchases. 

Once I have it, I’ll post pics. Hopefully I get into it for an appropriate amount!

 

Thanks again!  

What is the asking price? That is important too. Big Larry

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Big Larry,

It’ll be bought with other guns but I’m going to say the price will be about $600-$700...

Thoughts?

November 19, 2018
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Big Larry,

It’ll be bought with other guns but I’m going to say the price will be about $600-$700...

Thoughts?  

If it is really nice, your are getting a bargain. Usually these guns sans US markings do not bring much $$$. I am no longer up on these. Big Larry

November 19, 2018
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This one is Not “US” marked. 

Should it be?

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This one is Not “US” marked. 

Should it b

Joel Goodrich said
This one is Not “US” marked. 

Should it be?  

In a word, NO. Many police units used these guns and many just simply did not get used. I have seen beaters and minty examples. A lot have PD markings.  Big Larry

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Joel Goodrich said
This one is Not “US” marked. 

Should it be?  

What is the serial number?  Only the WW II production Riot Guns were "U.S." marked on the receiver (left side).

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The serial number is 989657.

It isn’t marked US and the slide bar is also unmarked. 

There was a prison in Windsor, Vermont (that closed about a year ago) where this gun and a Winchester model 12 were said to have come from. I handled the model 12 and believe it was prison marked but the seller said he refinished it; so I didn’t look it over very closely, as I wasn’t interested. 

I will post pics when I can!

Thanks 

November 20, 2018
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Joel,

I have several other Rot Guns listed in the same serial number range in my research survey. This particular Riot Gun was manufactured in January 1950.

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Sounds about right for a civilian prison gun. They did not mark them all, and many went unused. My 1943 Trenchgun has JPD 6 in small letters stamped into the pistol grip. If you didn't look for them, you might not see them. I wish I knew what the initials stood for. Big Larry

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Thank you gentleman!

A bit off topic, but he also has a 75 target rifle that is stamped  “A4” in the side of the buttstock and “PP” in the pistol grip. 

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Thank you gentleman!

A bit off topic, but he also has a 75 target rifle that is stamped  “A4” in the side of the buttstock and “PP” in the pistol grip.   

US Property M75. Is it parkerized or blued? More than likely has a 93A front sight and a M57 rear. These cartouches were stamped during the rework process. Serial number from 1941-1942. Big Larry

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US Property M75. Is it parkerized or blued? More than likely has a 93A front sight and a M57 rear. These cartouches were stamped during the rework process. Serial number from 1941-1942. Big Larry  

It has been parkerized. I didn’t notice any other cartouches or stamps but I’ll give it a closer inspection next time I’m there. It’s serial number is 12997. I believe you’re correct on the sights but I’ll confirm that as well. It’s very, very clean overall and can be bought for around $400 so I plan to buy it as I think that seems to be a fair price. 

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Joel,
I have several other Rot Guns listed in the same serial number range in my research survey. This particular Riot Gun was manufactured in January 1950.
Bert  

Thank you for the info and specific date Bert!

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