Winchester Model 1897 file photo [20075]

Winchester Model 1897 Shotgun

Country of OriginUnited States
Caliber18.530 mm
Capacity5 rounds
Length1,000.000 mm
Barrel Length510.000 mm
Weight3.600 kg
Range20 m


ww2dbaseWinchester Model 1897 slide action pump shotguns were designed by John Browning and were manufactured by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company starting in 1897. A large number was procured by the United States Army during WW1 as these shotguns provided the close-range firepower that trench warfare demanded. A small number of sharpshooters were also trained to use these shotguns to intercept incoming enemy grenades in mid air. They remained popular in the civilian market through the inter-war years, and when the US entered WW2 in Dec 1941, the US Army and US Marine Corps continued to use them on the front lines, alongside of shotguns of the updated Model 1912 design. The Winchester Model 1897 design would remain in production until 1957; by which time, about 1,024,700 examples had been produced.

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19 Sep 1918 The German government issued a diplomatic protest against the American use of shotguns against German soldiers in the trenches, noting that they caused "unnecessary suffering".


US Marine with a Winchester Model 1897 shotgun, date unknownWinchester Model 1897 trench gun with heat shield, bayonet adapter, and M1917 bayonet

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