FRANCIS BANNERMAN/SPENCER Model 1896 Slide Action 12 Gauge PUMP Shotgun C&R
Early 1900s TOP EJECTING Pump Action Shotgun
Here we present a C&R F. Bannerman/Spencer Model 1896 Slide Action 12 Gauge Shotgun, manufactured circa the early 1900s in New York. Francis Bannerman and his famous Catalog were a retail giant just prior to and after the turn of the century. Many shooters will recognize the name from his vast stores of discounted military surplus equipment and firearms. By 1890 the Spencer Sporting Arms Company was indebted to Pratt & Whitney for machinery costs and behind in payments. Bannerman bought the debt and foreclosed on Spencer, with Spencer having to pay $19,328.41. Since this sum was beyond their means, all of Spencer’s physical assets and patent rights were ceded to Bannerman. And with that, he went into business making shotguns and Bannerman went in.
Loading the magazine can only be accomplished with the pump all the way back and the action open. If the shooter had not pre-loaded the chamber, he would have to pump forward, back again, and then forward once more to ready the gun. While visibly a “hammerless” gun, the Spencer does actually have an exposed hammer spur. It’s the “second trigger” at the front of the trigger guard. This is, essentially, a hammer spur integral to the hammer and allows the shooter to cock and uncock the action at will.
The overall condition is very good. Nice Damascus twist pattern on the barrel. The action is excellent. The bore is smooth and bright. The stock is solid. The initials “A.G.Z.” are clear on the left side of the stock.
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel: 32 inches.
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Length of Pull: 13-1/8 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING. Will need to be sent to your local FFL or C&R licensee. This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
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