SOLD FOR: $1259
Model: 12 Trap
Serial Number: 951148
Year of Manufacture: 1942
Gauge: 12 GA 2 3/4″ Chamber
Action Type: Pump Action Takedown With Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “MADE IN NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S. OF AMERICA / —WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL—”, “–WINCHESTER– / –TRADE MARK–“, “2 ¾ CHAM. / —MODEL 12-12 GA.-2 3/4 CHAM.”, and “FULL”. The top of the chamber and the top of the receiver are both marked with an ovalled “WP” proof. The bottom of the receiver extension and underside of the receiver are marked with the serial number, “951148”. The bottom of the receiver is marked with “W” in front of the loading port. The bottom of the receiver extension is marked “MODEL-12-TRAP”. The trigger guard has initials and scroll engraving.
Barrel Length: 30″ Vent Rib
Choke: Fixed Full
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a white bead in a base that is fixed to the rib. The front sight base is loose in the rib. There is a smaller steel alignment bead on the rib at the midsection. The rib, rib extension, and the top of the receiver are serrated for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with an extended forend, capped pistol grip, monte carlo comb, and a black rubber recoil pad. The forend has a few scuffs that have thinned the finish and a few little marks through the finish. The edges of the wrist are slightly proud to the receiver. The buttstock has some faint movement to the receiver. There are some scattered light scuffs and a few minor draglines on the buttstock. The buttstock has a couple of light compressions, hardly visible. The checkering is strong. The LOP measures 14 3/8” from the trigger to the back of the buttpad and 13 1/2″ to the wood. The pad has some scattered light handling marks. Overall, the stocks rate in Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and there is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 90% of its metal finish. The front sight base is loose in the rib. The serial number on the receiver is offset and we think that it is a replacement. There are some visible marks under the finish on the barrel at the edge of the receiver extension. There are some little scuffs and a few areas of faint frost on the receiver. The receiver has some little marks through the finish. There are some scattered spots of finish loss and discoloration from previous oxidation on the receiver extension. There are some scattered little spots of surface oxidation scattered over the barrel. The barrel has some scattered little marks through the finish and some thinning on the edge of the muzzle. There is operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are mostly clear. Overall, this shotgun is in 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, and 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 1942. The receiver extension has a matching serial number but it is off-center and we think that somebody likely matched it and built a Trap gun back in the day, also the W mark on the bottom of the receiver is very light. No matter the case, this shotgun has lots of life left in it and has a bright bore and good mechanics. Get the front sight tightened back up and you will have a nice shotgun ready fot the field or range. Please see our photos and good luck!