i also have a model 97 i been having questions about, maybe you guys can help me out as well. my grandpa handed down to me a m97, m94 and a m77. the m97 sn: e 100***7 . anyone know the year? i took mine out the safe a few months back and put about 15 shells threw it. it worked perfect not a single issue. i would of fired it more but i just wanted to see if it worked and i didnt want to damage it in anyway since it has sentimental value to me. i also was wondering if i could find a replacement barrel for it maybe 18.5 or 20 inch. i think the barrel on it now is 30 or 32, im not 100 percent sure but know i would prefer a shorter barrel on it. here are some pics of the bad boy.