SOLD FOR: $1,490
Serial Number: 1048767
Year of Manufacture: 1947 (“The Winchester Model Twelve 1 of 1000”, Madis, P160)
Gauge: 16 Gauge, 2 3/4” Shells
Action Type: Pump Action, Tubular Magazine Fed Takedown Shotgun
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S. OF AMERICA / -WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-“, “-WINCHESTER- / -TRADE MARK-“, “2 3/4 CHAM. / MODEL 12 – 16 GA – / IMP. MOD.” with an ovalled “WP” proof. The bottom of the barrel extension and receiver are each marked with the serial number, the top-front of the receiver has an ovalled “WP” proof. The magazine and cartridge bracket are each marked “16”.
Barrel Length: 28”, Solid Rib
Choke: The barrel is marked IMP MOD, but our gauge reads Improved Cylinder, Fixed
Sights / Optics: There is a silver-colored bead at the front of the solid rib. The top of the rib and the sighting groove on the top of the receiver receiver are serrated to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two piece checkered walnut set with extended slide handle, capped pistol grip, and checkered black hard rubber Winchester buttplate. The stocks have minor handling wear with only a few scattered light marks. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is well defined, mostly sharp. The LOP measures 13 7/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the plate. The buttplate has light wear, mostly at the heel and toe, with well defined checkering and lettering. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine 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 90% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at most edges. The barrel has a few scattered minor marks with a few scattered tiny spots of very minor surface oxidation. The edges of the rib have a few scattered minor nicks. The magazine tube, action bar, bolt and lifter show light operational wear. The receiver has light wear on the edges of the loading port, some light marring at the front edge on the left from the action bar during re-assembly, and scattered light scratches and scuffs. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Very Good-plus 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 16 Gauge produced in 1947 with a 28″ solid rib barrel chambered for 2 3/4″ shells. It has extended slide handle and capped pistol grip stocks. With its 28″ barrel and Improved Cylinder choke, this would make fairly versatile shotgun suitable for flesh or clay birds where shorter shots or faster targets are expected. In its high condition with solid rib and deluxe stocks, it would also make a nice addition to a Winchester collection. Please see our pictures and good luck!