SOLD FOR: $1055.89
Serial Number: 161525
Year of Manufacture: 1918
Gauge: 12 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”, and “MODEL 12 – 12 GA – 2 3/4 CHAM. / FULL”. The receiver extension and bottom of the receiver are marked with the serial number. The magazine tube and barrel extension have indexing arrows. The left side of the rib is marked “SIMMONS SPECIALTIES PATENTED”.
Barrel Length: The barrel measures 22″ a Cutts compensator choke has been installed and a Simmons Specialties rib has been installed.. Approximately 28″ as configured.
Choke: A Cutts Compensator choke has been installed and comes with two Spreader screw-in chokes, one Improved Cylinder screw-in choke, and three Improved Modified screw-in chokes.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a red bead in a base fixed to the Cutts compensator and there is a white mid bead set on the rib.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two-piece walnut set, they are aftermarket. The forend is smooth and the buttstock has a checkered pistol grip, black pistol grip cap with white and neon green spacers, monte carlo comb, and a Pachmayr buttpad. There are two losses on the bottom of the wrist where the bottom tang and frame form corners. There are some scattered draglines, compressions, and a few dings. There are some areas of thinning. There are no cracks. The checkered pistol grip has rub wear but is mostly strong. The LOP measures 14 1/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The pad has some scattered light wear but not rips or tears. Overall, the stocks are in Very Good 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 88% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at most edges. There are some scuffs on the receiver that have thinned the finish. There are a couple of little nicks and scratches on the receiver. There is standard operational finish loss on the magazine tube. There are a few light marks scattered over the barrel. There are a few light marks on the compensator and rib. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in Very Good-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: Included is a wood Cutts case containing two Spreader screw-in chokes, one Improved Cylinder screw-in choke, and three Improved Modified screw-in chokes.
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. With forged and machined steel parts, the ultimate reason for discontinuation of the Model 12 in 1964 was that it was simply too expensive to produce at a competitive price. When the money talks, the people listen. The primary competition at this time came from the much less expensive Remington Model 870, which had been introduced in 1950. This Model 12 is a 12 gauge made in 1918 and has had some common sporting upgrades done such as its Simmons Specialties rib and Cutts Compensator. It does look like it has seen some use but has spot on mechanics and a bright bore free of erosion. This classic American shotgun is ready to drop bird or dust clays for decades to come. Please see our pictures and good luck!