SOLD FOR: $1528.88
Serial Number: 1925920
Year of Manufacture: 1961
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 ¾” 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.” and “MODEL 12 – 12 GA – 2 3/4 CHAM. / WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL / FULL”. The top of the barrel and receiver each have an ovalled “WP” proof to the left of the rib and rib extension. The bottom of the barrel extension and receiver are marked with the serial number. The magazine and receiver extension have indexing arrows.
Barrel Length: 30″ Vent Rib
Choke: Fixed Full
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a white bead in a base set on the rib at the muzzle and there is a smaller steel alignment bead at the midsection. The rib is serrated for glare reduction and the top of the receiver and rib both have a matte finish.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a capped pistol grip, monte carlo comb, and black rubber buttpad. There are some scattered light handling marks. There are some compressions, the most noticeable are on the belly. There are a few scuffs that have thinned the finish, the most noticeable are on the left side of the buttstock. The checkering is mostly strong with rub wear. The LOP measures 13 3/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the wood and 14 5/8″ to the buttpad. The pad has some light wear scattered over the surfaces. Overall, the stocks are in Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains approximately 95% of its new metal finish. There are a few little tiny marks through the finish on the receiver and some draglines. There is some finish loss on the edges of the receiver and trigger guard. The receiver has some light wear on the left side at the front form assembly. The magazine tube has a small dent on the bottom towards the front. The barrel has a few infrequent tiny marks through the finish and some light handling marks. The screwheads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Fine 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. 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 1961 and has a 30″ barrel with a three-pin vent rib with rectangular posts and duckbill extension on the receiver. It has a bright bore and good mechanics, perfect for your next trip into the field or out to the range. Please see our pictures and good luck!