What my night looks like.. trying to decipher the history on SPP marked trench/riot shotguns. So far I have found only one other shotgun with a stock marked SPP44 which is very similar to the one I just purchased (SPP33).
Other than that, I have found a commemorative pistol that shows the use of the SPPD abbreviation in its engraving (Southern Pacific Police Department) and some old non descript pictures and badges from the era.
Many war-time M1897’s designed for the military where purchased via the national guard, special agencies, and law enforcement, or never even made it to the military, and where ordered straight from Winchester. With the amount of ‘mock-ups’ and cut downs on the market, it makes it hard to get the straight facts without a lot of research.
No definitive answers yet!! Might have to send in for Winchester archive info on the history of my specific serial number if I can’t get an answer.
Back to searching.