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Winchester Model 97 Trench Gun Project

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by jbett98, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I picked up this 1918 Winchester model 97 12 gauge shotgun the other day off of Craigslist.
    It is in pretty good condition, except that under the barrel it has what appears to be a groove rubbed into it.
    I have always wanted a WW2 Trench Gun, and this one seems like a good candidate for cutting down the barrel to 20 1/2".
    The cut mark is right around 19" from the breech, and should be covered up by the bayonet clamp.
    Has anyone had any experience retrofitting an aftermarket heat shield to stock tapered barrels.
    I have read up on how to file the three grooves for the mounting screws, and mostly want advice on which parts look and work the best.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. carracer

    carracer Nampa, Idaho Active Member

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    How did you get a firearm from craiglist?
     
  3. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Easy, I type "Winchester" in the CL search bar and I scroll down the listings.
    Winchester makes a lot of different products and every once in a while I find what I'm looking for.
    Two years ago, I responded to an ad listing three words "Winchesters for sale".
    It was 6:40 am on a Friday morning.
    A guy needed $1200.00 bucks for his work van transmission repair bill that morning, and he wanted to sell all of the vintage Winchesters he had inherited.
    Drove over to his house with the cash and I came home that morning with eight beautiful pre 64 vintage rifles and shotguns.
     
  4. carracer

    carracer Nampa, Idaho Active Member

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    Huh, every time I've looked or tried to post I am flagged within minutes. I posted an ad looking for "Cowboy Fast Draw Holsters" and was flagged off in ten minutes.
     
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  5. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The anti gun Nazi's are always looking to flag firearm related ads.
    Most are hooked up to "RSS" feeds and they will be notified immediately when your ad containing certain keywords pops up on their screen.
    Try placing an ad that has no firearm related words, like " Vintage Cowboy Items Wanted", then wait a couple of days, go back and revise the ad to include what your looking for.
     
  6. Bigbaddude

    Bigbaddude West linn Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Now I know who has been beating to all the Winchester on Craigslist. Guess I will have to get up earlyer or stay up later to beat you to the punch.:thumbup:
     
  7. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    It helps to be semi-retired and have more time on your hands then you deserve.
     
  8. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I finally got the Winchester Model 97 trench gun put together.
    Fun project, just cost more then I expected.
    Original bayonet and sling from WW1. The heat shield is a true WW1 period reproduction from East Taylor LLC.
    My 97 is a 1918 take down model and all WW1 models were fixed receivers in that war, so it's not a true replica, but it functions perfectly. I also installed a special custom made magazine follower that allows you to load up to 6 shells.
    When this shotgun was made, 12 gauge shells measured 2 1/2" and now all you can find on the shelves is 2 3/4".

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  9. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Beautiful piece.
     
  10. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Very nice. Shot it yet?