SOLD FOR: $1000
Model: 12 Riot, Kentucky State Police
Serial Number: 1320687
Year of Manufacture: 1952
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 “MADE IN NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S. OF AMERICA / -WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-“, “-WINCHESTER- / -TRADE MARK-”, “MODEL 12 – 12 GA. – 2 3/4 CHAM. / CYL”. The top-rear of the barrel and the top-front of the receiver each have an ovalled “WP” proof. The bottom of the barrel extension and receiver are each marked with the serial number. The magazine tube and barrel extension have opposing indexing arrows on the bottom. The bottom tang is marked “DR”. The left side of the receiver is marked “KENTUCKY STATE POLICE PROPERTY” above a hand marked “1764-39”.
Barrel Length: 20 3/4″
Choke: Cylinder Bore, Fixed
Sights / Optics: There is a silver-colored bead at the front of the barrel. There is a sighting groove on the top of the receiver, serrated to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two-piece walnut set with grooved, flat-bottom slide handle, pistol grip, straight comb, and checkered black hard rubber Winchester buttplate. The buttstock has been refinished. There are some scuffs, scratches, scrapes, patches of finish loss, dings, and compressions throughout. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some scattered nicks and little scratches with well-defined checkering and lettering. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion in the bore. The bottom of the muzzle is dented outwards.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 80% of its metal finish. The muzzle has been dented outwards. There is scattered oxidation and scabbing throughout. There are areas of finish loss and thinning, some of the most noticeable is on the sides of the receiver at the front. There are some scattered areas of light erosion and discoloration from previous oxidation. There are some scattered nicks and scratches. The screw heads 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. 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. This example is a 12 Gauge riot gun produced in 1952 that was owned by the Kentucky State Police. The Riot configuration was a special order model with a short, Cylinder Bore barrel. We have seen another Kentucky State Police riot gun, it was made in the same year, same configuration, and had the same marking scheme as this one. For a riot shotgun, it looks like it’s seen some good use and as the saying goes…if only guns could talk. It retains a great bore and strong mechanics and would sure be fun to shoot. This would make a nice addition to a Winchester collection. Please see our pictures and good luck!