SOLD FOR: $1594
Model: Custom Model 12
Serial Number: 901369
Year of Manufacture: 1941
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 ¾” 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 bottom of the receiver is marked with the serial number. The magazine and receiver extension have indexing arrows. The left side of the rib is marked “SIMMONS GUN SPECIALTIES INC. KANSAS CITY, MO”. The sides of the receiver have custom engraved game scenes. The receiver and trigger guard have custom scroll engraving.
Barrel Length: 30″
Choke: Fixed Full
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a translucent pink bead in a base that is fixed to the rib. There is also a white alignment aid on the rib at the midsection. The top of the receiver and rib are serrated for glare reduction
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with an extended forend, capped pistol grip, monte carlo comb, and cheekpiece. There are two little tiny cracks on the left side of the wrist at the receiver. There are some areas of weathered finish on the buttstock, most noticeable on the right. There are some scattered scuffs and a few draglines, light scratches, and dings. The checkering is mostly sharp. The LOP measures 14 1/2″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad and 13 5/8″ to the end of the wood. The pad has some scattered wear. Overall, the stocks are in Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains approximately 95% of its new metal finish. The bolt and lifter have been jeweled. There are a few little scuffs and light draglines on the receiver. There are a few little nicks into the finish on the left-front of the receiver from takedown. The magtube cap is missing the screw from the left side. There are some scattered little marks through the finish on the barrel and a couple of spots of light thinning. There is some finish loss on the edge of the muzzle. There are some light marks on the edges of the rib. The rib has scattered light surface oxidation. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads are sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are rounded. Overall, this shotgun is in about Fine condition as Refinished.
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. 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 1941 and been installed with a Simmons Specialties rib. It has also received a very tasteful engraving of game scenes and scrollwork on the receiver. This classic American shotgun is ready to drop bird or dust clays for decades to come. Please see our pictures and good luck!