SOLD FOR: $1134
Serial Number: 1394502
Year of Manufacture: 1953
Gauge: 20 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 – 20 GA – 2 3/4 CHAM. / WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL / FULL”. The bottom of the barrel extension and receiver are 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.”. There are no ovalled “WP” proofs.
Barrel Length: 28″ Vent Rib
Choke: Fixed Full
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a white bead set on the rib at the muzzle. The rib and receiver are serrated for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece walnut with a grooved forend, pistol grip, straight comb, and checkered black hard rubber Winchester buttplate. The forend has a small crack along the top edge on the left side at the rear. There are some scattered little compressions, scuffs, and dings. There are some little scrapes and scratches, mostly on the forend. The LOP measures 14″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some scattered nicks and light scrapes but has intact checkering and lettering. Overall, the stocks are in Very Good-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. There are some scuffs on the top of the receiver. Some of the edges have light thinning. There are some little nicks and marks through the finish on the barrel, mostly towards the front. There are a coupel little nicks on the edge of the rib. There is some thinning on the edge of the muzzle. There are a few little light marks on the barrel that have lightly thinned the finish. There are some scuffs that have thinned the finish on the magazine tube. There is some standard operational wear. There are a few little scuffs. The screwheads are sharp to lightly worn with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Very Good 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 20 gauge made in 1953 and has a 28″ barrel. The barrel has a Simmons Specialties vent rib, in the absence of Winchester proofs, Simmons likely installed the rib and refinished the gun. 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!