The walnut stock and forend had their checkering stamped in reverse by heat and pressure, a process pioneered by Remington. Relatively new shotguns are out there as good economical shooters while older pieces are solid investments. Initially chambered for 20 gauge only, the 12 and 16 gauge versions came out in 1913 first listed in the 1914 catalogs , and the 28 gauge version came out in 1934. Before attempting to remove the breech bolt, be sure the action slide is disengaged. Further disassembly of parts contained within the guard assembly should not be attempted, and replacement of parts 50 through 59 should be made only by a qualified gunsmith. Without bayonet lug and cooling sleeve, it was listed in the Winchester catalog as the Model 12 Guard and Riot gun. Versions of the Model 12 were type classified as the Model 12 or M12 for short.
Perhaps the most dramatic change in 1964 was the new Model 1200 pump shotgun, which replaced the classic Model 12. Shells were loaded into the tubular magazine from the bottom and ejected to the right. Oh, sure, Ithaca, Stevens and Remington guns had their fans, but it was Winchester's Model 12 that dominated both the market and the public consciousness for decades. They served as riot guns with military police, trench guns in the front lines, and in support duties. The post-'64 Winchesters were never accepted by most knowledgeable shooters and this ultimately contributed to the downfall of Winchester Repeating Arms.
Repeating Arms Company a subsidiary of announced a complete closing of the factory facility in January 2006, thus ending the Model 12's long and illustrious career at the age of 95 years. The Model 1200's rotary locking bolt design owed nothing to the previous Model 12 action and the new gun was cheapened in every way. I have never owned a Model 12 of my own, because I buy guns to shoot and I have never been any good shooting a Model 12. When you say Winchester shotguns, most people think of the , the, or the elegant double barrel Model 21. In 1964, Model 12 production was ramped down in favor of the new Model 1200 pump gun and Model 12 prices were allowed to soar. .
The Marine Corps used the trench gun version of the Model 12 to great success in taking Japanese-occupied islands in the Pacific. Another lifelong friend, Ross Marsh we attended college together and so did our fathers! Winnie 12 parts are widely available from , Numrich and others. Strangely, perhaps due to Winchester's long established reputation for building top quality guns, the shooting public in 1964 would not accept production shortcuts in Winchester firearms that they took for granted in Remington, Savage and Mossberg guns. Depending on the particular wooden plug installed in the magazine, two, three, or four shells could be stored in the tubular magazine. Firearms can be extremely dangerous if not used safely. For most of its production life the Model 12 lacked a trigger disconnector.
Also accepted via phone at 402 560 2567. I remember it as the hardest kicking 20 gauge shotgun I have ever fired, even with target loads. The Model 12 became a limited production gun and Model 12's were not mass produced after 1963. Short barreled, open choked guns were less popular during the Model 12s production life than longer barrels and tighter chokes, making the former more desirable to collectors. Model 12 Shotguns Designed by T.
Neither of us can shoot that gun very well, either. Use that number to identify which stock you are interested in when ordering. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons. In 1914, both 12 and 16 gauge chamberings were offered. This is a lovingly cared for Model 12 in pristine condition.
Thank you for visiting our website. Despite my inability to hit with a Model 12, I would have to rate the Winchester Model 12 as the greatest of all American repeating shotguns, and that is saying something. Pull the firing pin retractor spring 36 out of its hole. Speaking of Winnie 12s in the military, while the Winchester 1897 was the better-known trench gun of its day; many Model 12s were bought to help fill the ranks. You can fill out the form below and a printable invoice can be sent to you via email that you can send with check or money order. In the late 1890s, had perfected a pump action shotgun for Winchester, the that proved to be one of the best scattergun designs in history.
Shooting and discussing the classic Model 12 pump shotgun. Special production examples were produced by Winchester, the U. Barrels were of Winchester Proof Steel. Barrels were proof tested and precisely choke bored. The axe finally fell in 1964.
Herb was so fast a shot that he was even called to serve his country in World War 2 as a gunnery instructor, teaching young men the basics of shooting down aircraft with Winchester 12s among other guns. Herb Parsons, , would often break seven clays thrown into the air with one of these shotguns, firing one round per clay. The soon filled the void caused by the end of the Model 12's production, especially among. As I said, my experience with Model 12's has been long, but thin. Depress the rearmost arms of the breech bolt retaining lever 33 and slide the breech bolt almost all the way to its rearmost position.
We shot it primarily on the trap range. With forged and machined steel parts, the ultimate reason for discontinuation in 1964 was that it was too expensive to produce at a competitive price. Winchester engineer , a man credited with more than 120 patents and much of the groundwork that led to the legendary , was tasked to come up with this new hammerless model. All of the guns made before 1964 were milled and machined from solid steel to a glorious slickness. By the middle 1950's, Model 12's were offered in 12, 16 and 20 gauge in various configurations, including the standard Field model, Super Field, deluxe Pigeon Grade, Magnum Duck Gun, Skeet and Trap competition guns. Introduced in 20 gauge in 1912, 16 and 12 gauge guns followed in 1914. Well it happened, and it was the M12.