Monday, January 26, 2009

On Controlled Feed and Shotguns.

Useless gun factoid #7,293,965: Winchester Model 97s use controlled round feed. The shell lifter slips the next shell neatly into the waiting arms of the dual extractors.

As an added bonus, the one I have (and I have no idea whatsoever if this is standard) has an overtravel stop on the trigger. Now that is attention to detail. That was the good ol' days, when men were men and skilled labor was cheaper than materials. And damn if it doesn't point like an extension of my arm.

The Winchester 97 is also used for one of the most unintuitive shooting methods known - the rapid single-loading (or 'tactical' if you prefer) style. Talk about design by rules fluke. Still damned impressive:

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