Norinco Winchester Model 1897

Gunner’s Journal has reviewed the Norinco clone of the famous Winchester Model 1897 shotgun.

I know some will say that it can’t be a Norinco because imports of this brand have been halted by the government. That’s true to a point but the ban did not include shotguns. They can be difficult to find but they are out there.

Read the full review here.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Aurelien

    Funny how it pops up – as well as the M1 Carbine kit for Ruger 10/22 – as ‘The Pacific’ is being broadcasted by HBO.

    What’s news, a Reising M50 copy ? ^^

  • Norincos flow like water up here in Canada, and their shotguns certainly do not enjoy the “good value” reputation their rifles and handguns do.

  • gunner”

    aw shucks, they left off the barrel heat shield and bayonet lug. takes all the fun out of it. (i used to own an original m97, it was fun, just hold the trigger back and keep shucking.)

  • Aurelien

    Gunner, Norinco makes a copy of the military “trench gun” model as well.

  • gunner”

    thanks, i’ll have to look that up. that heat shield really doesn’t do much, except provide a way to put a bayonet lug on, but it looks impressive as hell with the bayonet mounted.

  • Scott

    I am not a shotgun person but if I had to have one shotgun it would be hands down the Norinco copy of the classic trench-gun. Sure an original would be nice but I cannot justify spending more than $1000 on a shotgun. Plus the original I would not want to shoot because of the immense value behind it. The ability to fire a shotgun with a long blade at the end of it with a heat shield just screams awesome.