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Winchester 12 Gauge Model 1897 - Serial # 650715

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  Lot #75  (Sale Order: 83 of 120)  
Sold for: $80,000.00 to d****5
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Winchester 12 Guage Model 1897 - Serial # 650715. This historic Shotgun is believed to have been owned and used by the outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. The seller’s great-grandfather, who was in law enforcement at the time, was given the gun by another peace officer who had seized the weapon after a raid on the pair in Joplin, Missouri in April of 1933. The raid occurred at the height of the duo’s crime rampage that cut a wide swath across middle American during the Great Depression. The raid did not produce any arrests. The two had a knack for being one step ahead of law enforcement, but it did yield a cache of weapons, plus a camera. The guns have been in the family of Mark Lairmore and his sisters, the sellers, from Springfield, MO., ever since the unknown Depression-era police officer gave them to their great-grandfather. In a photo available on our website, Melton Lairmore, operator of an armored car service in Springfield, presents two guns taken from the car of famed 1930’s gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow to Springfield Police Chief Gordon Loveland. Lairmore loaned the .45 Thompson sub-machine gun and the 12-guage Winchester shotgun to police for use in displays during Crime Prevention Month and in the future police museum in the old city jail. The weapons were displayed in the Springfield Missouri Police Museum, also known as The Calaboose, from 1973 until 2011 Related documents and photos are available on the auction detail page of our website.

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This item is part of Bonnie & Clyde Firearm Auction
 Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 | 10:00 AM  Central
 
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Winchester 12 Gauge Model 1897 - Serial # 650715
Winchester 12 Gauge Model 1897 - Serial # 650715
Lot number: 75
Seller: Mayo Auction & Realty
Event: Bonnie & Clyde Firearm Auction
Ends: Saturday, January 21 | 10:00 AM  Central

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