I always liked the Winchester 1897 shotgun. But the originals I encountered were either in poor condition and or priced too high. So I decided to check out the IAC replica. Found one at a local gunshow. The action is smooth, wood is walnut and the metal is blued. It is chambered for 2.75" shells and the mini 2.25" shells also cycle fine.
IAC replica 1897 shotgun
Posted 12 September 2020 - 01:37 PM
these are quite common, quality is iffy, some work great some start to dissamble after firing, i.e. screws start coming un screwd,, needs loc tight on every thing,, just sayn
Posted 13 September 2020 - 06:25 AM
Edited by Petroleum 1, 13 September 2020 - 06:50 AM.
Posted 13 September 2020 - 09:05 AM
I have two of these in the trench configuration, still NIB. They are what they are. Don't expect Winchester quality and finish, but they're just fine.
Posted 16 September 2020 - 06:40 AM
Posted 16 September 2020 - 06:57 AM
"A fool and his money..." Same thing is true for SxS coach guns and probably some other stuff of which I am not aware. Some people are shelling out ridiculous amounts for low-to-middling quality Chinese clones. The Chinese make pretty good versions of the SKS and AK but other than that I'm generally not impressed
Posted 16 September 2020 - 07:08 AM
A norinco Model 97 riot was listed locally the other day for $800 nib it sold the same day.
I thought market price was only $3-400 on these. I paid just $300 a few weeks ago.
Posted 16 September 2020 - 09:36 AM
IAC no longer lists them on their web site. Perhaps Norinco got caught up in our latest "easy to win" trade war with the PRC? At any rate scarcity is going to drive prices up. They're listing on GB for $650 or so
Posted 17 September 2020 - 09:50 AM
Posted 27 September 2020 - 08:17 PM
I have one of the norinco trench models, broke a heat shield screw when trying to remove it to install a 6 shot kit, eventually got the heat shield off, installed the kit and replaced the screw. Had a shell stop screw fall out and had to replace it. I use it in CAS Wild Bunch shoots. Works great with a bayonet too. Not as slick as my worn mismatched Winchester ‘97 or Model 24 Marlin. Thinking that it needs a real good cleaning as lately it's been a little hitchy. I’ve probably had it 20 years. Don’t remember what I paid for it.
Edited by Baltimoreed11754, 27 September 2020 - 08:34 PM.