Designed by the famous firearms engineer John Browning, this shotgun was an early example of a commercially successful firearm using pump-action reloading. Though pump-action is commonplace and preferred in modern shotguns, and had been invented in the mid 19th century, it was not a common reloading mechanism in new shotgun designs until the late 19th century. The M1897 initially began as an improved version of the Model 1893.
- 12 gauge double-barreled shotgun - A double-barreled shotgun used for self-defence and hunting (most probably a Charles Parker 1878 model).
- Colt Model 1878 shotgun - A short, double-barreled "coach gun".
- Winchester Model 1887 - An older type of Winchester shotgun, using lever-action reloading similar to that of the Winchester repeating rifles, instead of pump-action.