SOLD FOR: $1,201.00
Serial Number: Y2021489
Year of Manufacture: 1974
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 MODEL 12-12 GA. 2 3/4 CHAM. / MADE IN NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A. WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL / FULL”. There are ovalled “WP” proofs on the top-rear of the barrel and the top-front of the receiver to the left of the rib. The bottom of the receiver and the barrel extension are each marked with the serial number.
Barrel Length: 30”, Ventilated Rib
Choke: Full, Fixed
Sights / Optics: There is a red bead in a base at the front of the rib and a smaller steel mid-bead. The top of the rib is serrated to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered select walnut with extended slide-handle, capped pistol grip, monte-carlo comb and ventilated orange rubber Winchester recoil pad. The only notable wear or damage is a pair of compressions on the front of the comb over the left flute, otherwise there are only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures 14 3/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad and 13 1/2″ to the back of the wood. The recoil pad has a few spots of discoloration and has hardened slightly with age, in Very Good-plus condition. The stocks are in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 96% of its metal finish. The magazine tube has very light operational wear, otherwise the barrel assembly has no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The receiver appears Excellent at first, but on close inspection has extremely light frosting throughout. The screw heads are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Fine-plus 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: This shotgun comes in a Winchester cardboard box with serial matching label and an assortment of factory paperwork including manual. The box has scattered light-moderate wear, heaviest at edges and corners, a couple of punctures and has been repaired/reinforced with tape.
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. It became one of the most popular shotguns of the 20th century with more than two milliion sold in a number of configurations, used by sportsmen, law enforcement and the U.S. Military alike. This example was produced in 1974, during the later years of production, in a Trap configuration with a 30″ Full choked barrel, ventilated rib and attractively figured checkered walnut monte-carlo stocks. The gun appears in Excellent condition at arms length with just a hint of operating wear on the magazine tube but on very close inspection does have some extremely light frosting on the receiver. It comes with its original box and manual. This would make a great addition to any collection if you want to keep it in its near-pristine condition but would also make a fine Trap or hunting shotgun if you’re looking for something with a little more style than a more modern Remington or Mossberg. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This shotgun can be transferred in California.