SOLD FOR: $1000
Model: 12 Heavy Duck Gun
Serial Number: 1487457
Year of Manufacture: 1955
Caliber: 12 Gauge 3″ 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. – FULL / -WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-” and “FOR SUPER SPEED & SUPER-X 3 IN.”. 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 “1487457”. The bottom of the magazine tube and the barrel extension have indexing arrows.
Barrel Length: 30″
Choke: Full, Fixed
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a bead set on the barrel at the muzzle. The top of the receiver is serrated for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece walnut with a grooved slide handle, pistol grip, straight comb, and solid rubber Winchester buttpad. There are some scattered scuffs, draglines, compressions, and minor dings. There are some areas of finish loss and thinning. There is handling wear. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 5/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad. The pad has some light wear and discoloration. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 85% of its metal finish. The receiver has some scattered scratches, scuffs, and nicks. The receiver has areas of finish loss, thinning, and some spots of light oxidation. The barrel has thinned and there are some scattered little scrapes, nicks, and scratches. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads are sharp to lightly worn with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Very Good-Fine 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: 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. 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 example is a 12 gauge made in 1955. It has a 30” Full choked barrel that is chambered for 3″ shells. It looks great and has honest wear typical of a workhorse field gun. It has a great bore and nice mechanics and will be a great gun for the field but will also be a nice addition to a Winchester collection missing a magnum model. Good luck and happy bidding!