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Winchester Model 1897

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Winchester Model 1897 Riot Gun - 12 gauge
Winchester Model 1897 Field shotgun - 12 gauge
Winchester Model 1897 "Trench Gun" - 12 gauge. This is an original mint condition 1935 Manufacture commercial trench gun by Winchester; being a post-WWI gun, it features a takedown receiver, rather than the earlier models' single-piece fixed ones.
Norinco Model 97W Hammer pump shotgun - 12 gauge. Imported by IAC, this is a Chinese clone of the Winchester Model 1897.

The Winchester Model 1897 was an evolution of the earlier Model 1893, designed by John Browning. It was the first truly successful pump-action shotgun produced. From 1897 until it was discontinued by Winchester in 1957, over a million of these guns were produced in various grades and barrel lengths. 16-gauge guns had a standard barrel length of 28 inches, while 12-gauge guns were furnished with 30-inch barrels. Special length barrels could be ordered in lengths as short as 20 inches, and as long as 36 inches.

Originally produced as a tougher, stronger version of the Winchester 1893, the 1897 was identical to its forerunner except for the receiver, which was thicker and allowed the use of smokeless powder shells, which were relatively new at the time. Some slightly later models of the 1897 also introduced a "takedown" design, where the barrel could quickly be taken off for convenient transport, which is standard in modern pump-action shotguns like the Remington 870. Production drew to a close in the late 1950s, when the "modern" hammerless designs became widespread, and it was gradually superseded by the Winchester Model 1912, with which it was coexisting.

The United States military used a short-barreled version, often called the "trench gun" by contemporary collectors, who made extensive use of it in both World Wars (though moreso in the Second than the First, where it showed up rather late and saw little combat; the use of water-susceptible paper shells did not help in this regard). This version was modified by adding a perforated steel heat shield over the barrel, and an adapter with bayonet lug for affixing a M1917 bayonet. Unlike most modern pump-action shotguns, the M1897 fired each time the action closed with the trigger depressed (that is, it lacks a trigger disconnector), allowing the user to slam-fire all six shells in around two seconds (though the practicality of this is disputed). The six-shot capacity made it extremely effective for close combat, and gave it nicknames like the "trench broom" and "trench sweeper". The notion of such a weapon being used in combat caused the German government to lodge a formal protest, claiming the use of the weapon violated the Hague Convention, which the American government rejected, not amused with such an objection from the country that had first deployed flamethrowers and poison gas. Following this, in September 1918 Germany issued orders to execute all American soldiers caught carrying the M1897 or even ammunition for it, though this does not appear to have actually been carried out (General Pershing's counter-threat to execute all German soldiers caught with flamethrowers or saw-bladed bayonets may have helped, the war ending six weeks later probably more so). Further attempts were made in the interwar years, but like the British attempts to ban submarines for being "ungentlemanly," nothing came of them. Some standard Riot models were also purchased during both World Wars, though these were issued to various guards rather than frontline troops; commercial models also saw use during the earlier Philippine-American War (which likely inspired the decision to use them later on; this use was itself inspired by the incidental success of Remington No. 3 single-shot foraging shotguns in the jungles of the Philippines).

The M1897 (predominantly in its later takedown form, rather than the solid-framed WWI version) was used in limited numbers during World War II by the United States Army and Marine Corps, although it was outnumbered by the hammerless Model 1912 trench guns, which were now more common in the hands of US troops.


(1897 – 1957)

  • Weight: 8 lb (3.6 kg)
  • Length: 39.25 in (1,000 mm)
  • Barrel length: 20 in (510 mm)
  • Caliber: 12-gauge, 16 gauge
  • Action: Pump-action
  • Effective range: 22 yards (20m)
  • Capacity: 5-round tubular magazine (+ 1 chambered)

The Winchester Model 1897 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Winchester Model 1897


Title Actor Character Note Date
Heroes for Sale Police Officers Riot Gun 1933
G Men State Police Riot gun 1935
Bullets or Ballots Police Officers Riot gun 1936
They Gave Him a Gun A Police officer Riot gun 1937
San Quentin Prison Guard Riot gun 1937
A Slight Case of Murder Riot gun; seen in the room 1938
The Real Glory Gary Cooper Dr. Bill Canavan 1939
Reginald Owen Capt. Hartley
Rudy Robles Lt. Yabo
US Army officers
Lady Gangster Police officer Riot gun 1942
Dillinger Marc Lawrence Doc Madison 1945
He Walked By Night police officers Riot Gun 1948
Trapped Police officers Riot gun 1949
White Heat Edmond O'Brien Hank Fallon 1949
James Cagney Cody Jarrett
Accountant guard and LAPD officers
The Enforcer Police officers Riot gun 1951
Kansas City Confidential Kansas City Police Riot-Gun Configuration 1952
The Most Wanted Man (L'Ennemi public No 1) Police 1953
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms NYPD officers Riot Gun 1953
The Desperate Hours Indianapolis police officer 1955
The Killing Vince Edwards Val Cannon 1956
The FBI Story Police officer Riot shotgun 1959
Lonely Are the Brave George Kennedy Deputy Gutierrez Riot shotgun 1962
Follow That Dream Elvis Presley Toby Kwimper 1962
(uncredited) Louis
Anne Helm Holly Jones
The Chase Posse member 1966
The Professionals Lee Marvin Henry "Rico" Fardan 1966
Burt Lancaster Bill Dolworth
Bonnie and Clyde Police Officers 1967
In Cold Blood Person of Interest 1967
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Rico Cattani Albert Anselmi 1967
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) Bank guards and bank robbers 1968
Bullitt Paul Genge Mafia Mike Sawn-off barrel and stock 1968
Bonnot's Gang (La bande à Bonnot) Bruno Cremer Jules Bonnot Trench Gun 1968
Dominique Maurin André Soudy
The Wild Bunch William Holden Deke Thorten 1969
Warren Oates Lyle Gorch
Cherry, Harry & Raquel! Charles Napier Harry riot gun 1969
Bert Santos Enrique
John Milo Apache
100 Rifles Raquel Welch Sarita 1969
Cotton Comes to Harlem NYPD officers 1970
The French Connection Roy Scheider Det. Buddy "Cloudy" Russo 1971
A Clockwork Orange HM Prison guards 1971
Billy Jack Tom Laughlin Billy Jack field gun 1971
policeman riot gun
Highway Patrol officer
Trouble Man Harrison Page Bogus cop 1972
William Stevens Bogus cop
Black Caesar Fred Williamson Tommy Gibbs 1973
Magnum Force Tony Giorgio Frank Palancio 1973
Dillinger Warren Oates John Dillinger 1973
Geoffrey Lewis Harry Pierpont
Police, FBI agents, vigilantes
My Name Is Nobody Leo Gordon Red 1973
Detroit 9000 Detroit Police 1973
Melvin Purvis G-MAN Margaret Blye Kate Kelly 1974
John Karlen Tony Redecci
FBI agents
McQ Gangster Trench Gun 1974
Newman's Law police & gangsters riot-gun 1974
Big Bad Mama Tom Signorelli Agent Dodds 1974
Dick Miller Agent William Bonney
Act of Aggression (L'Agression) Claude Brasseur André Ducatel 1975
Bucktown Carl Weathers Hambone 1975
Morgan Upton Sam
Jim Bohan Clete
The Drowning Pool masked assailant riot-gun 1975
Three Days of the Condor Hansford Rowe Sgt. Jennings 1975
The Wind and the Lion Candice Bergen Mrs. Pedicaris 1975
Sean Connery Sheik Rasuli
Simon Harrison William Pedecaris
Steve Kanaly Capt. Jerome
United States Marines
King Kong Jack O'Halloran Joe Perko 1976
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) Darwin Joston Napoleon Wilson 1976
The Last Hard Men James Coburn Zach Provo 1976
Jorge Rivero Cesar Menendez
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo Armed Guard Trench Gun 1977
Rolling Thunder Tommy Lee Jones Master Sergeant Vohden 1977
Damnation Alley Seamon Glass Leader of The Mountain Men Field Model 1977
F.I.S.T. . Police officers 1978
Go Tell the Spartans South Vietnamese militia 1978
The Cheap Detective police officers 1978
Every Which Way But Loose Ruth Gordon Senovia "Ma" Boggs 1978
Sweeney 2 Michael O'Hagan Doyle 1978
Brubaker Robert Redford Warden Henry Brubaker 1980
Nighthawks Billy Dee Williams N.Y.P.D. Detective Fox 1981
The Border Jeff Morris J.J. 1982
The Survivors survivalist student solid frame version 1983
The Toxic Avenger Thug 1984
Exterminator 2 Robert Ginty John Eastland 1984
X's thugs
Streets of Fire Richmond PD officers and citizens 1984
The Park is Mine NYPD Officer Riot model 1985
Year of the Dragon Raymond J. Barry Louis 1985
The Emerald Forest A henchman Trench gun 1985
Extreme Prejudice Rip Torn Sheriff Hank Pearson 1987
The Untouchables Kevin Costner Elliot Ness 1987
Sean Connery Malone
Andy Garcia George Stone
Charles Martin Smith Oscar Wallace
Harlem Nights Danny Aiello Det. Cantone 1989
Road House Sunshine Parker Emmett 1989
Farewell To The King Nick Nolte Learoyd 1989
Journey Southwest (Cesta na jihozápad) Milan Sandhaus Jones Field shotgun 1989
Jirí Strach Ben
The Hot Spot Don Johnson Harry Madox 1990
Mobsters Costas Mandylor Frank Costello 1991
Rage and Honor Jon Van Ness Talbot 1992
Michael Collins A Black and Tan 1996
Men in Black Vincent D'Onofrio Edgar/The Bug Field gun 1997
The Thin Red Line David Harrod Cpl. Queen 1998
The Negotiator Tom Bower Omar 1998
The Green Mile Posse member 1999
The Mummy Brendon Fraser Rick O'Connell 1999
Rachel Weisz Evie
Oded Fehr Ardeth Bay
Magnolia John C. Reilly Officer Kurring 1998
Virus Donald Sutherland Captain Everton 1999
Pearl Harbor Tom Sizemore Sgt. Earl Sistern Trench gun 2001
Windtalkers Peter Stormare Gunnery Sergeant Hjelmstad "Trench Gun" 2002
Road to Perdition Jude Law Harlan Maguire 2002
Torque Will Yun Lee Val riot, continuity error 2004
Serenity Gina Torres Zoe Washburn Riot gun fitted with scope 2005
The Golden Compass Gyptian man 2007
No Country for Old Men Josh Brolin Llewelyn Moss Sawn-off Norinco Model 97W 2007
Blood Brothers Daniel Wu Ah Feng 2007
L: Change the World Yûta Kanai Tamotsu Yoshizawa 2008
Changeling Jason Butler Harner Gordon 2008
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Russian Soldier 2008
Public Enemies Rory Cochrane Carter Baum 2009
Elephant White in weapons cache 2010
The Book of Eli Michael Gambon George 2010
Captain America: The First Avenger Neal McDonough Timothy "Dum Dum" Dugan Trench Gun 2011
Casa de mi Padre deleted scene 2012
Lawless Guy Pearce Special Agent Charlie Rakes Trench Gun 2012
War Pigs Dolph Lundgren Captain Hans Picault Trench Gun 2015
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them New York City Police Officers Trench Gun Configuration 2016
Wonder Woman Chris Pine Steve Trevor Trench Gun 2017
Old Henry Trace Adkins Uncle Al Field Gun 2021
Eternals Amazon villager 2021
Project Wolf Hunting 2022


Title Actor Character Note / Episode Date
The Three Stooges Moe Howard Moe Episode "A Ducking They Did Go" 1939
The Andy Griffith Show Andy Griffith Sheriff Andy Taylor "The Big House" (Ep. 3.32) 1960-1968
Mission: Impossible Policemen "The Council: Part 2" (S02E12) 1967
Mission: Impossible Greg Morris Barney Collier "The Execution" (S3E05) 1968
Mission: Impossible Peter Lupus Willy Armitage "The Execution" (S3E05) 1968
Mission: Impossible Martin Landau Rollin Hand "The Execution" (S3E05) 1968
Mission: Impossible Peter Lupus Willy Armitage "The System" (S3E15) 1969
Adam-12 L.A.P.D. 1968-1975
Hawaii Five-O (1968) - Season 1 Kam Fong Chin Ho Pilot episode 1968
Hawaii Five-O (1968) - Season 1 Zulu Kono Kalakaua Pilot episode 1968
Hawaii Five-O (1968) - Season 2 A revolutionary "Savage Sunday" (S2E08) 1969 - 1970
Hawaii Five-O (1968) - Season 4 Federal agents "For a Million, Why Not?" (S4E08) 1971 - 1972
S.W.A.T. James Coleman Officer T.J. McCabe 1975-1976
Magnum P.I. "Skin Deep" (S1E06) 1980
Dempsey and Makepeace Nick Brimble Keith Lymon "Bird of Prey" (S03E09) 1986
On Wings of Eagles Burt Lancaster Lieutenant Colonel Arthur E. 'Bull' Simons with pistol grip 1986
Tales from the Crypt Lance Henriksen Sergeant Ripper episode: "Yellow" (S3E14) 1991
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Gangster 1992 - 1993
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Joey Ep. "That Old Gang of Mine" 1993 - 1997
Supernatural - Season 4 Andy Nez Daniel Elkins "In The Beginning" (S04E03) 2008
Lock 'n Load With R. Lee Ermey R. Lee Ermey Himself . 2009
The Pacific Ian Meadows Pvt. Cecil Evans Trench gun 2010
The Pacific Freddie Joe Farnsworth 1st Lt. Thomas Stanley Trench gun 2010
Boardwalk Empire . Federal Agents . 2010 - ????
Jon Benjamin Has a Van Zak Lee Paulie "Little Little Italy" (S01E02), riot gun 2011
Ripper Street Iain Glen Madoc Faulkner Riot Gun / "The Weight of One Man's Heart" (S01E05) 2013
Liam Carney Lynch
Jerome Flynn Detective Sergeant Bennet Drake
Matthew Macfadyen Detective Inspector Edmund Reid "Your Father. My Friend" (S03E05) 2016
Jerome Flynn Detective Inspector Bennet Drake
MyAnna Buring Long Susan Hart
Bonnie and Clyde (2013) Holliday Grainger Bonnie Parker 2013
Bonnie and Clyde (2013) Emile Hirsch Clyde Barrow 2013
Mob City gangsters 2013
Agent Carter Hayley Atwell Peggy Carter 2015
The Son - Season 1 Eli McCullough's hired hand sporter 2017
Watchmen (2019 Series) Klu Klux Klan "It's Summer and We're Running Out of Ice" 2019
1923 - Season 1 Brandon Sklenar Spencer Dutton "1923" (S1E01) 2022
Babylon Berlin - Season 4 A Gangster Ep. 33; Field shotgun 2022
Fear the Walking Dead - Season 7 Uncredited Silas Sanderson Trench Gun, on photo; "Gone" (S7E16) 2022
Fallout - Season 1 Christopher Parker Sheriff Rex "The Trap" (S1E06) 2024
Uncredited "Govermint" Sherrif

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Notation Release Date
Medal of Honor 1999
Medal of Honor: Underground Used in Panzerknacker Unleashed! (Bonus Mission) 2000
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven With long barrel 2002
Resident Evil 2002
Medal of Honor: Frontline Trench gun 2002
Shellshock Nam '67 "Pump Gun" Trench gun 2004
Call of Duty 2 Multiplayer only 2005
Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie Riot gun 2005
Medal of Honor: European Assault "Shotgun" Unusable 2005
Condemned: Criminal Origins "Pump Shotgun" Heavily modified version 2005
Call of Duty 3 Trench gun 2006
Commandos: Strike Force "Winchester Riot" Riot gun 2006
Alliance of Valiant Arms As the "M1897 Trench Gun" Trench gun, with M1917 bayonet 2007
Hour of Victory 2007
Team Fortress 2 "The Panic Attack" Heavily stylized, left sided ejection port (ejects right anyway), has drum mag clipped to bayonet mount 2007
The Royal Marines Commando "Winchester" Trench gun 2008
Call of Duty: World at War "M1897 Trench Shotgun" Trench gun 2008
Call of Duty: World at War - Final Fronts "Trenchgun" 2008
NecroVisioN "M97 Trench Gun" 2009
Killing Floor Dragons Breath Trenchgun Trench Gun, loaded with incendiary buckshot 2009
Red Dead Redemption "Pump Action Shotgun" 2010
Singularity Trench gun; unusable 2010
Karma Online "M1897" Trench gun 2011
Arctic Combat 2012
State of Decay "1897" Trench Gun, added in Breakdown DLC 2013
Warface Trench gun with bayonet 2013
Payday 2 "Reinfeld 88" w/Riot, ext. barrel and sawed-off stock; added in Gunslinger Weapon Pack (2020) 2013
Enemy Front Trench Trench gun 2014
Fistful of Frags "Pump Shotgun W1893" 2014
Sniper Elite III Trench Gun 2014
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly Winchester 1897 can be fitted with a long barrel, bayonet, heat shield 2014
Killing Floor 2 Incendiary Trench Gun Trench Gun, loaded with incendiary buckshot 2015
Verdun "Winchester Model 1897 Trench Gun" 2015
Battlefield 1 "M97 Trench Gun" 2016
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades 2016
Sniper Elite 4 "Trench Gun" 2017
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds S1897 can be fitted with a choke and a shell holder on the stock 2017
Call of Duty: WWII "Combat Shotgun" 2017
TheHunter: Call of the Wild "Couso Model 1897" 2017
Red Dead Redemption II "Pump Action Shotgun" 2018
Strange Brigade "AB Woolf Slamfire" 2018
Battlefield V "M1897" 2018
Gun Club VR 2018
State of Decay 2 2018
Call of Duty: Vanguard "Combat Shotgun" 2021
Beyond The Wire "Winchester Model 1897" 2022
Military Conflict: Vietnam 2022


Title Character Note Date
Gunslinger Girl Triela Trench gun, with and without M1917 bayonet 2003
Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage Various characters Trench gun/regular gun 2006
Desert Punk Desert Punk Trench gun 2004-2005
Baccano! Police officer 2007
Michiko e Hatchin Father Pedro Belenbauza 2008
Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino Triela Trench gun, with and without M1917 bayonet 2008
Ajin Satou Trench gun with bayonet lug 2016
Saga of Tanya the Evil Col. Anson Sioux Ep. 08 2017
Princess Principal Ep. 03; hanging on the wall 2017
Golden Kamuy - Season 1 Asirpa "Everybody, Get Together! It's a Murder Hotel!" (S1E11) 2018
Saga of Tanya the Evil: The Movie Col. Anson Sioux Flashback of Ep. 08 2019


Title Voice Actor Characters Notation Date
What If...? - Season 1 Neal McDonough Timothy "Dum Dum" Dugan "What If... Captain Carter Were The First Avenger?" (S1E01) 2021

Winchester Model 1893

Winchester Model 1893 - 12 gauge

The Winchester Model 1893 is the ill-fated immediate predecessor to the Winchester Model 1897. The Model 1893 was designed to fire only lower-power black powder shotgun shells, but came at the introduction of the smokeless powder rounds for the 12 gauge shotgun. This model was largely recalled by Winchester and a new Model 1897 was supplied to owners, free of charge. 34,176 were produced between 1893 and 1897.

The easiest way to differentiate between an 1893 and an 1897 is that the 1893's ejection port has an extra cutout at the top of the receiver. The shotgun was only available in 12 gauge, and chambered 2 5/8" shells- a chamber size rarely seen in the modern day. A 30" or 32" barrel were the standard options, but a 20" "Riot" barrel was available as a special order.

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Hunt: Showdown "Winfield 1893 Slate" Added in Update 1.8.1 (2022), 20" Riot barrel 2019

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