SOLD FOR: $1142
Serial Number: 1512961
Year of Manufacture: 1955
Caliber: 12 Gauge 2 3/4″ Shells
Action Type: Pump Action Shotgun
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “WINCHESTER / TRADE MARK / MADE IN U.S.A.”, “-MODEL 12 – 12 GA. – 2 3/4 CHAM. / -WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL- / MOD.”. The top of the barrel at the rear and the top of the receiver at the front each have an ovalled “WP” proof. The bottom of the receiver and barrel extension are marked “1512961”. The bottom of the magazine tube and the barrel extension have indexing arrows.
Barrel Length: 28″, Solid Rib
Choke: Modified, Fixed
Sights / Optics: There is a silver-colored bead at the front of the rib. The top of the rib and receiver are serrated for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece walnut with flat-bottom, grooved slide handle, pistol grip, straight comb and checkered black hard rubber Winchester buttplate. The stocks have light handling wear with a few scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has light wear around the edges with well defined checkering and lettering. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 96% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at some edges. There are a few scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Fine-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This shotgun will slam-fire as designed. 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: This is a Winchester Model 12, made in 1955, towards the end of their initial production which ceased in 1963. After this, guns sporadically assembled from existing parts through about 1966 and a reintroduction of a New Style in 1972. The Model 12 is one of Winchester’s most iconic shotguns, having mostly taken the place of the 1897 after its introduction. This example is a 1955 vintage 12 gauge with a 28″ solid rib barrel choked Modified. This will make for a nice, versatile hunting gun for the lucky winner, or a nice addition to a collection. Please see our photos and good luck!