SOLD FOR: $1,834.00
Model: 12, Pigeon Grade
Serial Number: 1635370
Year of Manufacture: 1957 (“The Winchester Model Twelve 1 of 1000”, Madis, P161)
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 3/4” & 3″ Shells
Action Type: Pump Action, Tubular Magazine Fed Takedown Shotgun
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK- / MADE IN U.S.A.”, “-MODEL 12-12GA.-FULL- / -WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-” and “FOR SUPER SPEED & SUPER-X 3 IN.”. An oval “WP” proof is marked on the top-rear of the barrel to the left of the rib and on the top-front of the receiver. The receiver extension and bottom of the receiver are marked with the serial number, the underside of the extension also has an engraved pigeon.
Barrel Length: 30”, Solid Rib
Choke: Full, Fixed
Sights / Optics: There is a bead at the front of the rib. The top of the rib and receiver are serrated to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two piece deluxe checkered walnut set. The slide handle is extended, the grip has a steel cap, there is a sling stud mounted in the belly (the other stud is mounted on the magazine cap) and the butt has a checkered black hard rubber Winchester buttplate. The forend has a few scattered light marks and scuffs with a knot-hole on the left at the top-front which appears to have been filled. The buttstock has a small but deep compression at the toe, a few other scattered minor marks and scattered cracking along the grain lines. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips. The LOP measures 14 5/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has scattered light wear with well defined checkering and lettering, in about Very Good-plus condition. The stocks rate in about Good-Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 93% of its metal finish. The finish is lightly thinning at most edges. The barrel has light wear at the muzzle and a few scattered light marks. The magazine tube, action bars, bolt and lifter show operational wear. The receiver and barrel extension have some scattered light marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear, the top line of the barrel markings is slightly shallow, but all other markings are deep and crisp. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The Model 1912 (shortened to Model 12 in 1919) was the next step from the Winchester Model 1897 hammer-fired shotgun, which in turn had evolved from the earlier Winchester Model 1893 shotgun. The Model 12 was designed by Winchester engineer T.C. Johnson, and was based in part on the M1893/97 design by John M. Browning, in that it used a sliding forearm or “pump action” to cycle the mechanism. This example is a Pigeon Grade, with 30″ solid-rib barrel choked Full. While many of the Pigeon Grade guns had engraving, this example is one of those without, with the high polish, jeweled bolt and lifter and deluxe walnut stocks but no engraving. Produced in 1957, this shotgun is from the middle of the post-war production of the original model 12 guns. It is in Very Good condition with wear consistent with responsible use, likely more at the trap range than in the field. Model 12s tend to be collectible in general, but Pigeon Grades even more. If the Winchester collectors pass this by, it would also make a great trap gun that will turn some heads at the range. Please see our pictures and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible shotgun can be transferred in California.