M1897 IRL

A M1897 in reality

The Winchester Model 1897, more commonly referred to as the Trench Gun or simply the M1897 is a pump-action Shotgun designed by John Moses Browning. It is an improvement to the Winchester Model 1893. The weapon was popular among American soldiers during World War I, and at one point was even protested by Germans over its usage.

Battlefield 1Edit

This item has a Codex entry: M1897 Shotgun
This item has a Codex entry: Elite M1897 Shotgun
"This American trench gun proved to be so effective during war that the German Empire protested its use. Can be fired without releasing the trigger."

— In-game description

The M97 Trench Gun (also referred to as the M1897 Shotgun) is a pump-action Shotgun featured in Battlefield 1.

It possesses an unusually high rate of fire for a shotgun thanks to its ability to be slamfired; if the player continues to hold down Fire as with an automatic weapon, the M97 will fire as soon as the pump is completed. However, firing as fast as possible causes significant accuracy loss, making it only advisable to do so at very close range.

The weapon cannot be chamber-loaded for balance reasons. Reloading from empty will instead show the player character loading 5 rounds into the magazine tube before pumping the shotgun once to chamber the weapon.


The M97 Trench Gun is one of the several weapons that the Harlem Hellfighters are equipped with in the prologue, Storm of Steel.


Four variants of the M97 Trench Gun are available to the Assault kit in multiplayer: Backbored, Hunter, Sweeper, and Hellfighter.


"Equipped with larger internal diameter barrel, this shotgun pattern offers reduced recoil at the cost of quicker damage drop."

— In-game description

The Backbored variant of the weapon decreases the weapon's recoil but increases the weapon's damage falloff, essentially making follow-up shots easier to hit at the cost of increasing the likelihood the user will have to make one. As it features no visible choke modification, it can be considered the base variant.

The Hellfighter Trench Shotgun variant is exclusive to owners of the Hellfighter Pack. It operates identically to the Backbored variant but is equipped with an exclusive Hellfighter-themed skin.


"Equipped with a choke on the barrel, this shotgun pattern offers improved accuracy and effective range."

— In-game description

The Hunter variant adds a tight choke that decreases the weapon's spread and damage falloff, making it better at medium-range, at the cost of ease-of-use in extreme close-quarters.


"Equipped with a duckbill choke on the barrel and firing smaller buckshot pellets, this shotgun pattern offers higher close range damage at the price of quicker damage drop."

— In-game description

The Sweeper variant adds a wide choke that increases the weapon's spread and maximum damage able to be dealt, whilst lowering the minimum damage dealt, making it better at fighting in extreme close-quarters at the cost of range.

Weapon SkinsEdit



  • The weapon's heat shield is not shown on any of its images.
  • Attaching the shotgun rib will remove the weapon's heat shield. The Hellfighter version replaces the heat shield with a wooden one.