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    Potential future trench gun replica? Winchester 1897

    EDIT: NOT trying to make a fake for profit or scam anyone, Gun will never be sold.


    First time poster, but I've been lurking for awhile

    I made an impulse buy today, I've been looking for a shotgun to convert to a WW1 trench gun replica. An authentic Trench gun is simply out of the question cost wise.

    While I was hopeful to find a gun that had already been modified, removing me from the guilt of altering it myself. This poor battered 1897 has a full 30" Barrel.




    Plenty of clumsy attempts at removing the barrel/



    Mechanically seems to be in good condition.


    Now I have to find peace with what I do going forward, I want to build a proper WW1 era Trench gun, and this gun, solid frame, pre-WW1 serial, already damaged barrel seems like the best place to start.

    Not making any hasty actions until I get some advise, and look at both sides of the coin.
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    Welcome to the forum.

    The heat shield/bayonet adapter likely won't fit because they were made for a riot barrel not the tapered long barrels. So it will be far too big... There's a story that they company that makes them also makes a tighter fit for the cut down long barrels but I don't know of anyone actually getting one to fit right. You'd need to shim the adaptor like they actually had to for some guns.

    Regards, Jim

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