Posted May 10, 2016 9:00 am by Comments

By Dennis Adler

The Winchester Model 1887 lever-action shotgun was very popular in the late 19th and early 20th century, both as a hunting arm and as a fearsome weapon in the hands of lawmen. Fully loaded, the Winchester had the capacity of a six-shooter and, in a practiced hand, nearly the speed. Winchester 1887s with various barrel and stock lengths were carried by lawmen and outlaws alike into the early 20th century.

More than 125 years after Winchester introduced the Model 1887, Chiappa introduced a striking copy of it. Among the latest Chiappa variations is a sawed-off “Bootleg” 12 gauge with an 18.5-inch barrel and a pistol grip. It is available from Taylor’s & Co. Firearms in three versions: the Deluxe, with a color-casehardened receiver and lever, a blued barrel and a walnut stock; an all-blued model with a wooden stock; and the more contemporary T-Series, which features a matte black finish and “Soft Touch” rubber on the pistol-grip stock.

Since there is no shoulder stock to support the gun, the Bootleg is best fired offhand at close range. The support hand has a big job here, as this 27.5-inch-long 12 …Read the Rest

Source:: Tactical Life

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