1897 12 ga shotgun at trap last night

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by leslie hetrick, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. leslie hetrick

    leslie hetrick AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2018
    Messages:
    213
    Video/Photo:
    147
    Likes Received:
    342
    Location:
    pa. u,s.A.
    Member of:
    several sporting clubs
    Hunted:
    several
    I took one of my Winchester model 1897,s to our bi-weekly trap shoot, a 12 ga made in 1945 with a full choke 32"barrel. the laughs and giggels stopped after I shot two 20-25,s with it(it shoots very flat) I didn,t beat any one, but I did come within two birds of a few of them(22-25,s). I shot a 24-25 with my browning B-100 trap shotgun.

    DSCN0875 (2).JPG DSCN0876 (2).JPG DSCN0876.JPG DSCN0877 (2).JPG DSCN0878 (2).JPG DSCN9334 (2).JPG
     

  2. JimP

    JimP AH Elite

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2014
    Messages:
    1,103
    Video/Photo:
    21
    Likes Received:
    835
    Location:
    Gypsum, Co
    Member of:
    NRA, RMEF
    Hunted:
    US (Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada. Canada (British Colombia), South Africa (Eastern Cape)
    I had a chance to purchase one of these way back when I was 16 for $25 US.

    I am still kicking myself in the rear for not doing so.

    That is the way to show those others that you don't need a $5000 shotgun to bust targets.
     
    barbells.and.arrows likes this.

  3. Ridge Top Ranch

    Ridge Top Ranch AH Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2014
    Messages:
    273
    Video/Photo:
    3
    Likes Received:
    383
    Location:
    Kansas City, MO USA
    Member of:
    SCI, NRA
    Hunted:
    U.S. Zimbabwe, South Africa, Northwest & Limpopo
    I carried one with the riot barrel when I was down on the Mexican border. Worked for the Wild Bunch!;)
     

  4. AZDAVE

    AZDAVE AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2013
    Messages:
    999
    Video/Photo:
    96
    Likes Received:
    1,034
    Hunted:
    South Africa, Alaska,lower 48
    Nice job and good shooting. I have my great grandfather 12 ga made in 1911, and have shot more doves, ducks and geese with it than all the other shotguns I have ever owned. and I literately bought a 16 ga today that was made in 1910. Both are in great shape and are just a classic!
     

  5. BeeMaa

    BeeMaa AH Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2017
    Messages:
    311
    Video/Photo:
    9
    Likes Received:
    184
    Member of:
    NRA Life Member, SCI
    Hunted:
    Eastern US
    Nice shooting sir, and a beautiful shotgun.
    The one thing I remember about the 1897 is being able to "slam fire" it.
    My grandfather had one and showed me how to do it.
    Obviously not the best plan when shooting clays, but still fun.
     

  6. spike.t

    spike.t AH ENABLER SPONSOR Since 2013 AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2010
    Messages:
    7,572
    Video/Photo:
    309
    Likes Received:
    4,363
    Member of:
    sci int, basc,wpaz
    Hunted:
    zambia, tanzania, zimbabwe, hungary, france, england
  7. leslie hetrick

    leslie hetrick AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2018
    Messages:
    213
    Video/Photo:
    147
    Likes Received:
    342
    Location:
    pa. u,s.A.
    Member of:
    several sporting clubs
    Hunted:
    several
    I have not tried it on skeet, but have used other pumps(rem 870,s-md 12,s at skeet and I,m a touch to slow for the doubles. sundays trap shoot is for old timers and I,m takeing the win 1897 and a browning A-5 and md-12. I don,t think I,ll hurt the bird population too badly.
     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2018

  8. spike.t

    spike.t AH ENABLER SPONSOR Since 2013 AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2010
    Messages:
    7,572
    Video/Photo:
    309
    Likes Received:
    4,363
    Member of:
    sci int, basc,wpaz
    Hunted:
    zambia, tanzania, zimbabwe, hungary, france, england
    :D Beers:....learnt many years ago to shoot clays on ISU skeet ....after more years they changed to English skeet as being slower and easier they thought more people would come and take part . ....
     

  9. leslie hetrick

    leslie hetrick AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2018
    Messages:
    213
    Video/Photo:
    147
    Likes Received:
    342
    Location:
    pa. u,s.A.
    Member of:
    several sporting clubs
    Hunted:
    several
    I do like a fast course, for skeet-trap-sporting clays, but I have to use my o/u,s or autos to do any good.
     

  10. spike.t

    spike.t AH ENABLER SPONSOR Since 2013 AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2010
    Messages:
    7,572
    Video/Photo:
    309
    Likes Received:
    4,363
    Member of:
    sci int, basc,wpaz
    Hunted:
    zambia, tanzania, zimbabwe, hungary, france, england
    Yup I have a love of brownings...got a A1 special skeet ou..can tell you off top of my head the serial number . From bout 1973 or 4.....dad bought for me :)....got my son identical one for his bday few years ago....on here on a thread somewhere ....(y)
     

  11. leslie hetrick

    leslie hetrick AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2018
    Messages:
    213
    Video/Photo:
    147
    Likes Received:
    342
    Location:
    pa. u,s.A.
    Member of:
    several sporting clubs
    Hunted:
    several
    yesterday we had out trap shoot using older field shoot guns If any one wanted to, I shot a 24-25 with my A-5 browning 12 ga and a 20-25 with a Charles daly double barrel 12 ga and a 22-25 with the 97 Winchester 12 ga. we had a very good time, my friend steve shot a 25-25 with his Remington 1100 in 12 ga.

    DSCN0882 (2).JPG DSCN0884 (2).JPG DSCN0896 (2).JPG DSCN0897 (3).JPG DSCN0890 (2).JPG DSCN0894 (2).JPG
     

  12. curtism1234

    curtism1234 AH Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2016
    Messages:
    279
    Likes Received:
    173
    Hunted:
    Hunted: RSA, MO, WY. Fished: MO, IL, AR, MS, FL, WI, MI, WY
    That's a lot better looking than my grandpa's 97. Of course he used to wipe the stock down with motor oil :eek:
     

  13. Shootist43

    Shootist43 AH ENABLER GOLD SUPPORTER AH Legend

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2015
    Messages:
    2,819
    Video/Photo:
    14
    Likes Received:
    1,946
    Location:
    Grosse Ile, Michigan
    Member of:
    NRA
    Hunted:
    Michigan, Texas, Missouri, Limpopo Province South Africa
    Slam fire, what's that??? Hold the trigger & pump? As I recall it can be done very quickly;););)
     

  14. Areaonereal

    Areaonereal AH Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2013
    Messages:
    378
    Video/Photo:
    2
    Likes Received:
    249
    The '97 was a popular riot gun for police use, but gainrd said he much attention during WW1 as a trench gun with a bayonet attachment for the "close in " work. I remember used 97 s selling for very little in the 60's when the Remington 870 was in its heyday. That 97 was a very strong well built gun and will surely be around when many others are only a memory.
     

  15. Joe P

    Joe P AH Member

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2017
    Messages:
    35
    Likes Received:
    31
    Just shot trap this weekend myself. My good friend just happened to tell my a story of when he was younger he showed up to a competition and there was an old farmer, wearing his milk boots and overalls, and he was shooting an 1897. My friend brushed him off quickly but it turned out the guy was lethal with that old gun and embarrassed guys with some high dollar guns. Sounds like a similar case of misjudging a book by its cover.

    Good work.
     

  16. barbells.and.arrows

    barbells.and.arrows AH Member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2018
    Messages:
    35
    Video/Photo:
    1
    Likes Received:
    35
    Those guys who seem really unassuming are generally far better than they or their guns appear. Mental sandbagging I swear it's a part of trapshooting.
     

Share This Page

 
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice