SOLD FOR: $5750
Serial Number: 604723
Year of Manufacture: 1930
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 3/4” Shells
Action Type: Pump Action, Tubular Magazine Fed Takedown Shotgun
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “STAINLESS STEEL”, “MADE IN U.S.A. / WINCHESTER / TRADE MARK”, and “MODEL 12 – 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.
Barrel Length: 30? Vent Rib
Choke: Fixed Full
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a metal bead set on the rib at the muzzle. There is a smaller midbead mounted on the rib. The rib, duckbill extension, and receiver 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 are a few scattered light handling marks. There are some scattered light compressions, minor draglines, and little marks through the finish. There are some scattered light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is strong. The LOP measures 14 1/2″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the pad and 13″ to the wood. The pad has some scattered light wear. Overall, the stocks are in Fine Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blued with Black Stainless Barrel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 90% of its metal finish. There are some areas of thinning and minor finish loss on the barrel. There are freckles of finish loss scattered over the barrel. There is some finish loss on the barrel at the muzzle. There are some little scratches on the barrel, most noticeable on the bottom. The magazine tube has operational finish loss. The receiver has some finish loss on the edges. There are some scattered little rubs, scuffs, draglines, and light handling wear on the receiver. The receiver has what looks like some light oil marks. There are some marks at the rear of the duckbill. There are a few light marks on the edges of the rib. 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.
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 1930 and has a set of black diamond checkered select walnut stocks with a straight grip. It has beautiful scroll engraving on the receiver with scroll accents and has a rare stainless 30″ vent rib barrel. 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!