SOLD FOR: $1212.57
Serial Number: 1964512X
Year of Manufacture: 1968
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, there was a small white midbead attached to the rib but it has broken off. 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 replacement two-piece checkered walnut with an extended slide handle, steel-capped pistol grip, straight comb, and checkered black hard rubber buttplate. There are some scattered light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14 1/4? from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some scattered light wear, mostly at the heel and toe. Overall, the stocks are in Excellent condition as replacement.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains approximately 90% of its new metal finish. The proof on the barrel appears double struck. The front pin that secures the rub to the post has tool marks. The rear edge of the rib is uneven and not square to the duckbill extension. There is finish loss and thinning on the bottom of the receiver and trigger guard. There are some scattered spots of light surface oxidation on the receiver. There are a couple of little marks through the finish and light scuffs on the receiver. The left side of the receiver has wear on the front edge from assembly and disassembly. There are some mottled discoloration on the right side at the rear and finish loss from use. There is glue around the front sight. There are a few spots of oxidation on the barrel. There is some finish loss and a few spots of pinprick erosion on the barrel at the muzzle. The screwheads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Very Good-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 1968 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!