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Old April 25, 2002, 08:20 AM   #1
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Winchester Model 97 date of manufacture?

Would anyone out there be able to tell me the date of manufacture of my USGI model 97 trench gun?

The serial number is at 6 o'clock on the receiver, and appears as follows:

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6749XX

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Old April 25, 2002, 08:23 PM   #2
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Check our this site htt://www.marauder13.homestead.com
They have all kinds of info on 97's including manufacturing dates. you shotgun number falls into the 1919 year production.
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Old April 25, 2002, 08:33 PM   #3
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Exactly what I needed. Thank you very much.

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Old April 27, 2002, 08:10 PM   #4
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Theres a gun with soem history behind it. The 97 replaced the 93 (which were widely recalled and replaced with 97's) with the advent of smokeless powder. Had two production runs, the first one was a one peice gun, second was able to break apart at the join of the the barrel/magazine, and the action. Was in production for a long time.
Used them in WWI to shoot grenades out of the air as they were tossed from trenches. Hows that for a stressful game of skeet
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