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I have one and it is a great shooter
The Bayonet it takes is the P17 enfield bayonet which is also being repoped
I modified mine to take M1 Garand Bayonets

Shooting skeet with Bayonet attached..........priceless
 

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yep and they shoot good to.
The steel that they are made from is superior to the softer stuff that was avalible in 1897
They are just plain fun
I shot mine today!
 

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Ok Here we go,
The Winchester model 1897 (or norinco copy)
have some advantages and dis advantages over some more modern designs
Sometimes it is possible if you leave the slide/pump action halfway open for the action to jam and ya have to push the bolt forward with your finger while holding the forarm still
It is really simple once you know whats going on
and it doesnt happen during normal operation
An advantage
You can hold the trigger down and pump the action and when the forarm comes all the way into battery the gun will fire.
So you can shoot it REAL FAST.
Faster that Any modern shotgun.
You can literally "sweep" an area faster that anyone could react.
Most important is the cool factor
Does this shotgun speak to ya?
You obviously like it It is an exellent weapon
The historical perspective is cool.
There is an exellent article on the Norinco 97tw shotgun in the Shotgun news magazine this week.
http://www.shotgunnews.com/
 

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Dang it I got fat fingers tonight
Anyway, to continue
The trigger is single action It is possible to load the chamber and lower the hammer to a half cock notch for carrying in the field
Then just thumb the hammer back and fire.
Price;
$400 is a little high I have seen them going for around $360 around here so you arent that far of I guess.
Personally I really like mine
The quality or manufacture doesnt seem "Chinese" to me
My theory is that some British type shotgun maker in Hongkong
Is makeing these
See, Norinco is the Only State owned firearms company allowed to manufacture and sell firearms in all of China.
So Anything made in china will be a "Norinco"
My 97 has a real hansom Walnut stock, the fit and finish is exellent.
I cant say enough good things about it.
 

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original trench guns go for about 3000$ or so
I saw an original 97 plain shotgun for 150 bucks this last weekend
I am to much of a scardy cat to shoot one with modern loaded ammunition.
 

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Well there was a plethora of slings used as I understand it
I have on mine a original m1 carbine leather sling with the brass hooks...
very original in appearance.
the 1897 trench shotguns where used in WW I and WW II
Korea, and Vietnam.
I have heard of then being used in Gulf War I and there may be a few that came out of small town national guard armorys even today.
It is probably just wishful thinking.
but it would not suprise me
the 1897 12 gage military shot gun is one of the greatest "close in" military weapons our country has ever produced.
for norinco to Re pop them is a testament to this.
 
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