Norinco 1897 TrenchGun


September 13, 2006, 11:25 PM
How many shotgun shells can the Norinco 1897 TrenchGun magazine tube hold as I have heard 5, 6 and even 7 (and that is not including one in the chamber)?
And is there a plug in the magazine tube that can be removed in order to add more shells?

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September 14, 2006, 03:00 PM
I don't have the trench model, but my 20" Norinco '97 fits 6 2-3/4" shells in the magazine. No idea if there is a plug, but I doubt it as six shells end to end take up all but the last 2" of the 16" magazine.


September 16, 2006, 10:54 PM
No Norinco 1897 TrenchGuns out there?

September 19, 2006, 12:03 AM
Does anyone know if the production generation affects this model shotgun as I have heard that it does not and if there is a plug in the magazine tube?

September 19, 2006, 01:27 AM
I have a nice gash on my left hand that is starting to heal from one I held in the gunshop.

the bolt had such sharp edges that it sliced my hand when I opened it.

I had thought about buying one, but after that, no way.

Its not a real winchester, and it doesn't play one on TV.

save your $ and get a real one.

September 19, 2006, 01:35 AM
Like original Winchester Model 1897 shotguns didn't have sharp bolt edges. (Hint, they do.)

Sounds like operator error, to me. Best not buy a Garand if you're that accident-prone. :scrutiny:

September 19, 2006, 02:35 AM
How'd you cut your left hand on the bolt? Unless you're one of those evil lefties:scrutiny: ......

September 19, 2006, 11:17 AM
Some of us are only semi-evil. :) It's really a rite of passage, everyone who picks up a Model '97 racks the slide and catches the back of their hand. Once is traditional, twice is a slow learner...


September 19, 2006, 11:39 PM
Old style guns can be very un-ergonomic. That was back when folks figured it was their fault and part of the learning experience without getting a lawyer and suing for the boo-boo.:what:

September 20, 2006, 09:08 AM
97's don't have a manual safety either (only the half-cock position). Nowadays I don't think a manufacturer could get away with designing a gun without a safety, considering our lawsuit-happy society.

September 20, 2006, 03:06 PM
All of the Norinco 1897 TrenchGuns are of the last 5th generation, they were a fairly late addition. I don't know how many they hold but my normal model holds 5 shells.

September 20, 2006, 03:10 PM
Do you know if there is a plug in the magazine tube that can be removed?

September 20, 2006, 03:30 PM
I do not think so, the 97 is a very unfriendly firearm to disassemble and I'm pretty sure that 5 shells is it. Although a 6th almost fits in, close enough that you could probably remove a couple of coils from the spring and get it to work. To be honest I only use my 97 for cowboy action so all of my shell loading is done through the ejection port. With a little bit of practice you can do this almost as fast as you can cycle the action.

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