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Norinco 1897 TrenchGun

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by RJMacReady, Sep 13, 2006.

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  1. RJMacReady

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    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?
    Thanks.
     
  2. Texfire

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    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.

    Tex
     
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  3. RJMacReady

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    No Norinco 1897 TrenchGuns out there?
     
  4. RJMacReady

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    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?
     
  5. AJAX22

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    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.
     
  6. Gewehr98

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    Yeah, sure.

    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:
     
  7. carpettbaggerr

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    How'd you cut your left hand on the bolt? Unless you're one of those evil lefties:scrutiny: ......
     
  8. Texfire

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    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...

    Tex
     
  9. gezzer

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    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:
     
  10. Slater

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    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.
     
  11. enkindler

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    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.
     
  12. RJMacReady

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    Do you know if there is a plug in the magazine tube that can be removed?
     
  13. enkindler

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    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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