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Old August 15th, 2008, 12:21 PM   #1
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Norinco 1897 repro

Has anyone any experience with the Norinco reproduction of the Winchester model 1897 combat shotgun? There is a very lightly used example for sale locally that is whispering to me. Any pros or cons?

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Old August 15th, 2008, 02:42 PM   #2
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PRO PRO PRO PRO. the SASS (Single Action Shooter's Society) and CAS (Cowboy Action Shooters) use them extensively and have very good words to say about them. I believe from personal experience that they are fully equal to the original Winchester. The 1897 was designed by John Moses Browning. 'Nuff said, except "BUY IT!!!"

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Old August 15th, 2008, 07:17 PM   #3
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I would like the Trench Gun model myself....it's not on my short list for new shotguns, but I would like to buy one sometime if the right deal presents itself.

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Old August 15th, 2008, 07:43 PM   #4
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Here's my Norinco Trench gun:



I bought mine mainly for shooting down blackbirds in the sunflower fields when I was farming...and I've always love the old 97 Trench guns but never could afford or would want to shoot an original. The wife has the riot gun version she's used for SASS shooting as well as shooting birds as well. Together, we've put a LOT of rounds through them without any problem. I guess the only slight problem I had was with the heat shield sliding forward from the recoil. I cured the problem with a little Brownells rosin between the barrel and heat shield that solved the problem nicely. I've heard the early ones had problems but by the time they got to the trench guns, the 4th generation shotguns were working great.

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Old August 15th, 2008, 11:01 PM   #5
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I bought a Norinco 1897 trench gun several years ago when they first came out with them. During the first maybe 5-10 shots it didn't work very well at all but after she loosened up a bit she shot just fine. I'm glad I bought it and I think you will be too if you buy the one calling your name.

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Old August 20th, 2008, 01:22 PM   #6
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Succumbed to temptation and bought that Norinco - I haven't fired it yet but hope to this weekend. I have some 0 Buck to try through it to see how it patterns. Looks good with a leather sling and bayonet, huh?


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Old August 23rd, 2008, 07:37 PM   #7
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Lookin fine! Been thinking of getting one myself. Love the bayo- if I got a Norinco it would give me an excuse for the blade so it could serve double duty on my M1917s.

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Old August 24th, 2008, 12:32 PM   #8
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Haven't fired the '97 Norinco as yet - courtesy of Tropical Storm Fay. Hope to get over to the range on Tuesday for some 0 buck and #4 buck patterning. I'll post some pictures if I can keep the pattern on the paper!

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Old August 26th, 2008, 12:35 PM   #9
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Fired it!

I had a chance to fire the Norinco copy today. Used Winchester 0 buckshot at 25 yards with point of aim in the X-ring. It patterned perfectly for center of mass with 11 of 12 pellets on the paper. This will definitely put someone in the hurt locker! While 25 yards is a bit long range for a "home defence" shotgun, I think it would work well at indoor distances around the home!


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Old September 1st, 2008, 12:17 PM   #10
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Where can I buy one?

Hi, I'm a new member to the forum and this thread caught my eye. I've wanted a trench gun for quite some time, but I thought Norinco was banned from sales in the US. Can some one direct me to a place to purchase one? Thanks

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Old September 1st, 2008, 12:44 PM   #11
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I got mine from Coyote Cap Gunworks out of Morristown, MN several years ago. I've heard that importation has stopped but was started again under a different name. I'm not sure what the current import status on Norinco 1897 shotguns really is any more. Your best bet might be to check out any listings on Gunbroker.com and see what turns up there.

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Old September 2nd, 2008, 05:07 PM   #12
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my first purchase after getting back into firearms.
i had to by it you no, because i had bought a gen cut m1917 bayonet and scabbard cant have one without the other, right?
any way i was impressed. alot cheaper then a real one and i can shoot it. smaller then i thought it would be.

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Old September 2nd, 2008, 05:49 PM   #13
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Yep, a lot cheaper....the real thing is out there but at a very dear price. How did yours recoil? With 0 buck, mine really hammered me - more so than I thought it would - I was surprised.

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Old September 3rd, 2008, 04:12 PM   #14
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i hadn't shot a 12ga in about 20 years. i thought it wasn't to bad. slam firing was hard, but i never done it before. want to shoot it with my m1917 bayonet, but the way the prices are going up on those i'm afraid to try. the only thing i didn't like was the coated wood. it's like a ak 47. going to strip it and wipe it with linseed. they have a riot as well. but i think if i was to get another i would just get a trench. hope your happy with your purchase.

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Where did you buy it?

Where can I buy a Norinco Trench gun?

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