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Friday, May 29, 2015

'Trench broom' - the famous Model 1897 shotgun

https://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/trench-broom-the-famous-model-1897-shotgun.html

I built my trench out of a  a pre 68 Savage, it'll slamfire to !!!!!!

8 comments:

  1. Nothing says "Have A Nice Day" like a pump shotgun with a two-foot-long bayonet!

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  2. Actually I have owned five of them . Originals and clones. I trained with the clones long enough to realize that as combat weapons that "shotgun/bayonet combo is really REALLY ineffective. You lose all the advantage of a "shorty" while adding a bayonet that it took a 1930's solder years of training to use effectively. Unlike the modern bayonet that 16 inch short sword is really just impossible to maneuver in close quarters (the shotguns use envelope) without years of dedicated training. That's why the army shit caned them in 1942. When they cut the bayonet down to 10 inches the Army cut training time by 50% and simplified the manual of arms to a significant degree. The bayonet/shotgun combo was used thru Vietnam but only because it was the only weapon of its type available. The bayonet was almost never carried little on used. As a weapon for anything but CQB that shotgun is almost worthless. The bayonet is of no real use at all . It was and is a relic of WW1 trench warfare and a good "bedroom gun" ( I keep an 870 in mine) ,and that's about it---Ray-- AND PS If you "slam fire" that "97" and have even a little dirt/mud in the action it will jam HOPLESSLY. That shotgun WAS "state of the art"---- in 1897.

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  3. Mine isn't a 97, its a pre 68 Stevens, and it'll slam fire all day long.....
    And I understand that those guns are over 100 years old, that's why I like them, I have owned a Franchi SPAS, its to big and gangly, I also love the looks of wood and steel........
    I do have a bayo for it to, its for looks, I don't plan on going into battle with it........ ;)

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  4. I always preferred the Ithaca 37. The one I have now is a old model from the late 40's with the corncob fore end. I carried one just like it on guard duty in the Marines in the 70's. Great gun.

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    1. Nothing like an old pump......... ;)

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    2. Looks damn good!! I like it a lot!! I did the same thing to a Ithaca model 37 featherweight. Like yours, it was made before 1972, so it is slam-fire. I also added an extension to the magazine & now it holds 9 rds.

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    3. Beats spending $2000.00 + on a real one......
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