What late-night movie
fan can forget Hollywood Director, Sam Peckinpah's The
and the assortment of authentic small arms used by the characters in
that film? From the Colt Single Action Army pistol carried by gang
Holden) to the Winchester Model 1892 rifle used by Dutch
(Ernest Borgnine) and Deke
(Robert Ryan) to the Browning M1917 machine gun used in the film's
bloody finale, Peckinpah nailed the guns of that era.
One weapon in particular, the Winchester M1897 stole
This famous, or
infamous if you happened to be a German combatant, Trench
was used effectively during World War I by American forces.
Alternately known as the Winchester Model 1897, Model 97 or M97, the
Close Assault Weapon (CAW) was used with devastating close-quarter
And it did a bang-up
job in The
in the hands of Pike
The Model 1897 is a pump-action, tubular-feed gun
chambered in 12 and 16 gauge.
Its exposed hammer design may well be one of its most
Produced from 1893 to the mid-1950s, the M1897 was
issued to the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines. This war horse saw action
in The Philippine-American War, WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. The
military M1897 was fitted with a perforated steel heat shield (over
the barrel) and a lug on which the M1917 bayonet could be attached.
So if a Doughboy, the term afforded U.S. infantrymen during World War
I, ran out of ammo, he could rely on the pig sticker to dispatch
U.S. arms genius, John Browning and U.S. manufacturer
Winchester Repeating Arms are responsible for the M1897, a spin off
of the Model 1893. But unlike the black powder M1893, the newer,
tougher M1897 shotgun version accommodated the new, smokeless
One of its most lethal traits is the gun's ability to
be fired 'non-stop.' The operator had only to keep the trigger firmly
depressed while working the pump action to empty the gun.
The M1897 weighs about 8 pounds, depending on barrel
length (i.e., from 20 to 36 inches).
It has an overall length of slightly more than 39
inches and holds 5 rounds in its tubular magazine with 1 in the hole.
More than one million of these babies were made, and if you are the
lucky owner of an M1897, you have a real gem - a functioning CAW
and a very cool, collectible.