John M. Browning’s Greatest Hits - Episode 5
The Model 1893 and Model 1897 – John M. Browning’s Legendary Pump-Action Shotguns
The Winchester Model 1897 pump-action shotgun. Winchester Archives image.
The open-top receiver on the Model 1893 proved to not be quite strong enough to withstand a steady diet of the new smokeless powder shells, and so Mr. Browning revised the design to better handle the latest ammo. The new Model 1897 retained the external hammer, tubular magazine and side ejection of the earlier gun, but was built on a much stronger steel receiver.
The Model 1897 quickly became the most popular slide action shotgun of the era. Holding six shells, numerous variants and grades of the ’97 were soon introduced, including field, trap, pigeon, brush, riot, tournament, and military trench guns. Both solid frame and takedown versions were available.
In our next episode – John M. Browning designs the Model 1895, and brings the lever- action rifle into the 20th century.
Copyright Browning, 2018, 2019. Written by Browning staff writer Scott Engen. Photos are copyright by Browning and/or Winchester Repeating Arms (used with permission) or are in the public domain or used with attribution as indicated in the caption.