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    Very nice '97 Winn777

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    Quote Originally Posted by CINDERS View Post
    Very nice '97 Winn777
    Thank you I love that gun lucky to have it.


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    I imported several from Canadaicon back then after retransfer authorizations became possible again, (2005), with PM RSAT, U.S Department of State. I was told they came from Vietnam, not Korea. I'd guess they were never returned post WWII and may have seen service in WW2, Korea and Vietnam. I kept one which is virtually identical to the OP's with the US ownership mark stamped by hand just forward of the ejection port. There were a few with the rolled on stamps too which were produced in the 1940's. I'd like to find an original butt in decent condition for mine. It's chipped/worn at the toe. I could patch it but haven't gotten around to it yet. I still have a stripped receiver and barrel in the project rack in case anyone wants a "ground up" restoration project.

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    Apparently the trench guns that were abandoned in RVN was staggering. A few years back there was an influx here too, and the guns were everything from flt new to unacceptable spares...all makes were present as I recall too.
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    About 10 years ago there was a guy who imported a bunch of those Vietnam trench guns through Canadaicon into the U.S. I recall there being Stevens 520s as well as some Winchester Model 12s. Many of the Model 12s were not WWII shotguns. Rather, they were very late production guns from 1963.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Doniphon View Post
    About 10 years ago there was a guy who imported a bunch of those Vietnam trench guns through Canadaicon into the U.S.
    That sounds about right...
    Regards, Jim

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