10 Greatest USA Made Shotguns Ever – Day #4

bestshotgun_04Winchester Model 1897/97
Although Christopher Spencer marketed a pump-action shotgun a decade earlier, the John Moses Browning–designed Model 1897 proved to be a better shotgun in nearly every respect. Sleek in handling and appearance despite its exposed hammer, the stronger 97 replaced the earlier blackpowder-designed Model 93. Nearly one million 97s were produced through 1957. The 97 was made in 12- and 16-gauges in various grades, and there were special models for police and a military trench version with a bayonet lug and a hand guard. The Model 97 was a rugged everyman’s shotgun that blazed the trail for Winchester’s Model 12, “The Perfect Repeater.” ($550, various models)

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