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I am interested in purchasing a copy of the 1897 pump shotgun. However, I do know some of the early Norinco imports lacked quality. Please advise as to what manufacturer you would recommend at present. Are the Russian's making 1897's?

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D. Nunley
 

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navy arms, winchester
 

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I bought one of the Navy Arms 1897 replicas. They are nothing more than TTN imports - made in China. I repaired it as good as possible, which wasn't "very," and sold it at my cost.

If you want a good 1897, buy an 1897 - made by Winchester. I have bought, repaired and sold a number of Norincos also. They are a bit iffy on quality, but when fixed up, they are good guns.
 

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Howdy,

I own a '97 Winny mfgd 1902 and it still shoots good. Not a problem in 6 years of cowboy shoots. Don't buy a replica, when for a few bucks more you can find an original. I have seen them go for $450. to 595.00. Got to www. sassnet.com or GunBroker.com Online Gun Auction and check prices. On the SASS web site- Nate Kiowa Jones does very good work as does Coyete Cap. I picked up mine from a local gun shop. I paid $50.00 6 years ago. I picked an original 1878 Colt SXS Shotgun for $300.00 from an individual, who just didn't want to deal with Black powder(His loss). If I see one at the local shop I'll let you know.

John Krzos:usa:
 
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