SOLD FOR: $2446
Serial Number: 91486
Year of Manufacture: 1915
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 9/16” Shells
Action Type: Pump Action, Tubular Magazine Fed Takedown Shotgun
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “NICKEL STEEL”, “TRADE MARK / -WINCHESTER- / REG. IN U.S. PAT. OFF. & FGN.”, and “MOD. 1912-12 GA. FULL”. The top of the barrel and top of the receiver have ovalled “WP” proofs. The right side of the barrel is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT. U.S.A.” and with patent dates. The receiver extension and bottom of the receiver are marked with the serial number. The magazine tube and barrel extension have indexing arrows. The sides of the receiver have game scenes and scroll engraving with a floral motif. There is also scroll engraving on the trigger guard. The engraving is not a standard Winchester pattern, performed outside the factory.
Barrel Length: 32″ Solid Rib
Choke: Fixed Full
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a white bead in a base set on the rib at the muzzle. The top of the receiver and rib are serrated for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with straight grip, straight comb, inlaid black diamonds on the wrist, and an aftermarket buttpad. There is a pair of hairline cracks on the bottom of the wrist at the tang. There are a few small compressions, draglines, and light handling marks. There are a few little spots of thinned finish on the buttstock. There is some oil staining on the wrist where it meets the receiver. There are some light handling marks. The checkering is strong. The LOP measures 14 3/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad and 13 3/4″ to the wood. The pad has some scattered light wear. Overall, the stocks are in Very Good-Fine condition as possibly not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Refinished at the time of engraving.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There are some tiny freckles of surface erosion at the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. There are spots of erosion under the blued finish, some of the most noticeable are scattered over the magazine tube and barrel at the midsection but they are scattered throughout. There are some scattered spots of light surface frost. There are some scuffs that have thinned the finish and a few little marks through the finish, some of the most noticeable are on the magazine tube in front of the forend. There is light operational wear. The screws are lightly worn with serviceable slots. The markings are mostly clear, the serial number on the receiver extension is light. Overall, this shotgun is in Fine condition as refinished.
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. 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 1915 and has a set of black diamond checkered select walnut stocks with a straight grip. It has been refinished when its current engraving was cut, with nice bird-dog and waterfowl scenes on the receiver, surrounded by foliate scroll motif. The gun retains a good bore and mechanics, perfect for the range or the field. This classic American shotgun is ready to drop bird or dust clays for decades to come, and turn some heads while you do it. Please see our pictures and good luck!