Old School: Take Down Winchesters (Model 62 .22 and Takedown variant of Model 97 Trench Shotgun)

Miles takes a look at two historical take down Winchesters.

The classic Winchester .22 Model 62 take down rifle (Rossi 62A reproduction). These pump action rifles are simple to operate and have a 15 round high capacity tube magazine. They are fun to shoot and inexpensive to purchase.

The Model 97 Trench/Riot Shotgun, well known for its use during WWI, was also available in a lesser known takedown version which did not see military use.

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  • LG

    The protest against the U.S. use of the shotgun was under the terms of The Hague Convention of 1899, not the Geneva Convention. The geneva Convention had nothing to do with weapons, but felt with the treatment of prisoners of war and non-combatants.

  • Schnee

    The 1897 served as a trench gun in ww2, too. By that time they were all takedowns. Only problem is you have to loosen/remove the bayonet lug/heat shield in order to slide the mag tube forward and do the takedown. Not really worth it, especially because over time the takedown interface loosens.

    There may not be a more intimidating home defense weapon than a trench gun with a bayonet. Just don’t let the bad guy grab the bayonet before you stick him through the eye.

    • Kyle

      Bayonets were so hilariously oversized back in the day. That is more of a short sword.

      • Schnee

        Significant overpenetration risk

      • carlcasino

        21 ft. rules apply ?

      • maodeedee

        Both bayonets and rifles were long back then because they were meant to be used as “Pikes”

    • Billy Jack

      Nothing says Murica like the weapon that made the pre-Nazis say “No fair!” Love the balls/whiningbish/audacity to use mustard gas on Monday and on Tuesday cry about a some American guy in a trench blasting all the pointy heads to death with his unjust boomstick. Always makes me smile.
      The only thing that would make that sweeter is for that bayonet to be made of Valeryan steel.

  • JohnC

    In the basement of the first house I bought back in the 90’s I found a 62A wrapped up in canvas. Serial number indicated manufactured in 1941. Yes, I did tell the sellers; and thankfully, they had no interest. (Bundled the 62A with a bedroom set for $150.)

    • Swarf

      Wow, excellent find, and it’s nice that your honesty was rewarded.

  • datimes

    A buddy of mine gave me a 62 30+ years ago and I’ve just recently started shooting it again. Inexpensive? They are selling at gun shows here in SW Florida in the $500-600 range.

    • M.M.D.C.

      Worth every penny. I paid $500 for an 1897 in good condition and I would gladly pay twice that for a really nice one. You can’t touch materials and craftsmanship like that in a new gun for the same price.

      • Billy Jack

        I want to upvote this 10 more times. How many people did Remington ripoff this year with new shotguns? I’d drop 5 or 6 hundred on a 62 before I’d put the same into anything modern in that range and I love 500/590’s.

  • treebasher

    I love the 62, just this weekend I pulled my Dad’s out of the safe and shot it while down at the farm.

  • jay

    Apparently, in WWI, the germans had a standing kill order for anyone who used a shotgun and was captured. They also had a standing kill order to kill any Bag pipers….

    Of course we had a standing kill order to kill anyone using the the serrated bayonet. It left devastating wounds.

  • Tassiebush

    I’ve got the Taurus version of the 62 as a 16″ barrel carbine and it’s a great gun. Extremely handy and definitely fun. I wish take down guns in this style were still being made at the affordable end of the market.

  • dltaylor51

    I love takedown Winchesters,have a model 1892 38-40,1895 30-06,1894 30-30,1890 22WRF,1906 22LR,62A 22LR,I only wish you could still order order them like you could in the good old days.

  • maodeedee

    I have the takedown version of an 1897 Winchester which I never use. I find it to be difficult to take down and put back together. The first time I took it apart I had to take it to a gunsmith to put it back together.

  • no fun allowed

    Great video, but Miles sounds like he’s reading off a script (is that a page turning I hear at 01:52?). Also, props for reppin’ IU.

  • ElderAmbassador

    I love the original 1917 Enfield bayonet mounted on my Riot Model. Nice way to save a 00 Buck for the other guy.

  • Kevin Gibson

    The pump action Winchester .22’s are just sublime. They are my favorite rimfire rifles by a long shot. I have an 1890, 62A, 61, and a Rossi 62A; all are just wonderful. My 62A is a well used rifle that was an ACTUAL gallery gun, and has a carved logo in the stock from the “5 Spot” shooting gallery company. I assume at one point they wore out the barrel, because it has a replacement barrel that’s a round barrel from a Winchester 1890 in place now; and it’s still a wonderful shooter.