View Full Version : Model '97 deal or no deal?

November 20, 2006, 07:22 PM
I found a 1901 dated model '97 with a 30" barrel at a local shop for $150. It's not pitted or rusted, but the bluing is near gone, leaving a brown patina. The bore looks smooth with the exception of a few cobwebs. The stock is wobbly and is even repaired with pins. It's listed as a parts gun, and the shop owner didn't know what it would take to get it operational. When I gave it a pump, the bolt pushed rearward, cocking the hammer, but did not return on it's own. I'm new to shotguns, but have always wanted a '97 as my first one.

I've scoured Brownell's, but are parts fairly easy to find, and do you guys think $150 for a listed parts gun is worth the trouble of a rebuild?

November 20, 2006, 07:38 PM
I dont know if I would trust that. $150 is very cheap for a 97. You'd probably end up buying alot of parts to make it work. There is Reproduction Model 97's made by Norinco, but they are Chinese(:eek: )!

look here to see Norinco