Winchester Model 1897 12g pump action shotgun.

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The Winchester Model 1897 is a pump action shotgun with a tubular magazine and external hammer, manufactured by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company.

From 1897 until 1957, over one million of these guns were produced and can still be found in use today.

The Winchester Model 1897 was designed by the famous American firearms inventor John Moses Browning. Originally produced as a stronger and improved version of the Winchester 1893, the 1897 introduced a “take down” design, where the barrel could be taken off; a standard in pump shotguns made today, like the Remington 870 and Mossberg 500 series.

A unique feature on the Model 1897 is an external hammer shotgun lacking a trigger disconnecter, thus giving it the ability to ‘slam fire’. This means that the user can hold the trigger down while pumping the shotgun and once the pump is returned to the forward position the gun fires. It was the first truly successful pump-action shotgun produced.

Adopted by the US Army in WW1, it was adapted with sling swivels, distinctive barrel heat shield and a bayonet adapter. Due to its 6-shot capacity in conjunction with its ‘slam fire’ ability, it was nicknamed ‘the trench sweeper’.

Whilst effective and popular with the American troops it prompted a German Government protest to have it outlawed in combat as being ‘inhumane’.

The Chinese company Norinco currently reproduces this firearm. The Norinco 97 is an almost exact copy of the Winchester 1897, produced in both Trench and Riot styles.

Helpful Info

Foxtrot  example shown is an ex RUC model  with 24″ barrel, wooden furniture and  is in a blued finish.

Film Set Notes

The pump-action shotgun is another action sequence staple, they’re reliable and actor friendly.

We normally use 12g shotgun blanks loaded with black powder that gives a slower burn than smokeless loads, resulting in a bright muzzle flash, accompanied by an amount of smoke, a dramatic effect.

A pump action shotgun also has the bonus of having one of he most distinctive ‘loading‘ sounds  as the action is racked open and then shut deftly – it is good ‘punctuation’ in a drama soundscape.