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Posted: 5/2/2003 8:34:58 AM EDT
Does any body own any? I own a Model 12 16 gauge. Also in the family ring of guns is 12 gauge, 20 gauge, and a 28 gauge. So just about everyone in my family owns Model 12's. Lets hear what you've got.
Link Posted: 5/2/2003 8:46:58 AM EDT
Yep, I have a couple of Model 12s too.  A 20ga. and 16ga, and both are very sweet working shotguns.  My grandfather bought them new, my father used them when he was growing up and in time they were passed on to me when I got to be old enough to handle them.  You better believe I'm never going to get rid of them given the family history.  

One of these days I'm going to start looking for a nice unabused 12ga. tp round out the collection.
Link Posted: 5/2/2003 8:51:00 AM EDT
Model 12, 16 gauge here, too.
My favorite pump-action shotgun.
Link Posted: 5/2/2003 8:52:17 AM EDT
I have the model 12 in 12ga. It's a shooter. I remember my daddy and me squirrel hunting in the dense oak and pecan thickets and swamps in south Louisiana. That is some good memories. He showed me how to clear out a room with it real fast too. Hold the trigger and work the pump. It would do a great job on a crowd of bad guys.
Link Posted: 5/2/2003 9:05:31 AM EDT
Model 1912, 12 ga, full choke, 30 inch barrel. The Model 1912 was made for two years before becoming the Model 12. It was passed down in the family to me (along with a Savage 99 Takedown in 250-3000), and is still in use as is the Savage.
Link Posted: 5/2/2003 9:10:39 AM EDT
model 12 16ga 28" barrel full choke. made in 1919.  I'd use it more than my benelli except for the 2-5/8" chamber. 2-3/4 shells will jam it.
Link Posted: 5/2/2003 9:21:51 AM EDT
Model 12 20 gauge.  It belonged to my grandfather, who passed away in 1952.  His brother was an exhibition shooter for Winchester, and he was a pretty fair wingshot himself.
Link Posted: 5/2/2003 9:54:11 AM EDT
Mossberg camo. 9200 autoloader. Had it 7 years and it is a dependable SOB. Shot it in all sort of weather conditions and it has never failed me.
Link Posted: 5/2/2003 10:02:55 AM EDT
Mossberg camo. 9200 autoloader. Had it 7 years and it is a dependable SOB. Shot it in all sort of weather conditions and it has never failed me.
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Interesting.  I don't recall seeing the "Mossberg camo" edition in the old Winchester catalogs.  [:)]
Link Posted: 5/2/2003 10:08:39 AM EDT
I have the Model 12 my dad recieved as a highschool graduation present in 1946.
Link Posted: 5/2/2003 10:09:28 AM EDT
Got a Model 12, 16 gauge sitting behind me right now.  Cylinder bore. 28 inch barrel.

Another question:

Anyone have a model 12 manual they could photo copy or scan and send to me?  This thing needs a good detail cleaning, and I am unwilling to figure it out by fiddling.
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 8:00:40 PM EDT
I have a model 12 featherweight, field gun, 12 gauge, 30 inch barrel, full choke.  I bought it for $100 (including case, and box of shells) when I was a junior in high school in 1967.  It's all original, perfect original finish on barrel, reciever, and stock.  

There are fancier 12's out there, but this one is sweet.  It's the best shooting shotgun I have ever hunted with.  It get's cleaned and oiled the day I shoot it and cleaned and oiled twice a year if I don't use it.

In 1981 a friend wanted to buy it for $800.  I still have the shotgun.

BTW: Is there a way to find out the exact date of manufacture?  It is a later version with the barrel nut that just clicks while twisting on with fingers.

Link Posted: 5/10/2003 10:32:06 PM EDT
I've got a standard model 12, 12 gauge.

28" barrel full choke.

Its in very nice condition,i really like it alot.

Was made in 1958.

It's one of those keepers that I probably won't ever get rid of and will hand down.

Bushyle,there is a book that'll telll ya the date of Mfg.

I took mine to a gun show and found an old dude with a table full of model 12's.He pulled out some big book and read my serial #'s to tell me when mine was made.
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 10:36:45 PM EDT
Ahhh, found a place for dates.  Looks like mine was 1960.


   MODEL 12      
1912-  5308 29-  600834  46-  1029152
13-  32418  30-  626996  47-  1102371
14-  79765  31-  651255  48-  1176055
15-  109515  32-  660110 49-  1214041
16-  136412  33-  664544 50- 1252028
17-  159391  34- 673994  51-  1290015
18-  183461  35- 686978 52-  1328002
19-  219457  36-  720316 53- 1399996
20-  247458  37- 754250  54- 1471990
21-  267253  38-  779455  55-  1541929
22-  304314 39-  814121  56-  1611868
23-  346319 40-  856499  57-  1651435
24-  385196  41-  907431  58-  1690999
25-  423056  42-  958303  59-  1795500
26- 464564  43-  975640  60-  1800000
27-  510693  44-  975727  61- 1930999
28-  557850  45-  990004  62-  1956990
       63- 1962001
Production continued through 1966 using the balance of parts available. The last serial number used was 1970875.  
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 11:34:48 PM EDT
My brother in law collected Winchester Model 12s in 12ga.  Some of the sweetest shooting, smoothest shotguns Ive ever handled.  He even had a full military version.  NICE [:D]
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 11:54:18 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/11/2003 12:02:07 AM EDT
1959 trap model with Simons floating rib, my dad bought it for me for my 13th birthday. I believe he paid $240.00 for it. I took it to the Grand Nationals in Vandalia Ohio 3 times.
Link Posted: 5/11/2003 12:10:10 AM EDT
Model 12 20 ga. 28" full choke.  Was my great-grandfathers gun.  Great condition except for the fact that he used an engraving tool to scratch his SSN into the side of the receiver.
Link Posted: 5/11/2003 7:21:18 AM EDT
I have a model 12 hydrocoil skeet gun, a 20 gauge field gun (full choke) and best of all, a model 42 .410 full choke.  Finest shooting guns I have ever seen.  I'm told that Winchester stopped manufacturing the gun because all the parts were milled, not stamped, and it became too expensive.  That's why the gun shucks like a dream.  I wouldn't sell them for anything.
Link Posted: 5/11/2003 3:18:14 PM EDT
More of a M97 fan myself, but I stand in line to inherit my grandfather's M12, dad will get it first.  Not sure when it was made, granddad aquired it in the 40's/50's I think.  Unfortunately he sent it back to Winchester to be factory refurbished & forgot to specify to keep the original wood so she's not exactly as she left the factory (still 100%Winchester).
Link Posted: 5/12/2003 2:35:25 AM EDT
looks like mine was made in 1935. Model 12 20gauge with I believe a 28" mod choke. I love that little gun. It has killed lots of grouse & bunnies. [:)]
Link Posted: 5/12/2003 7:35:42 AM EDT
the winchester model 12 is the greatest shotgun ever, period.

i have a field grade and a pigeon grade trap gun. i will never part with them.
Link Posted: 5/12/2003 8:07:08 AM EDT
Link Posted: 5/12/2003 7:01:34 PM EDT
I've had mine for about 5 years now. My uncle bought it for me for my birthday one year. That gun will never part ways with me. I would like to get some extras worked on it. Like getting the entire gun blued and putting bead sights on it. Someone before my uncle bought did a pretty good job of putting slug sights on it but I use it mostly for squirrel and rabbits. Just those features and a coat of wood varnish on the stock and it will look even better

My uncle (oh yeah did I mention he is a big gun man?) also has a Model 97. It is in pretty good shape but needs a new hammer. The little ribs on the hammer have worn down to where its smooth so other than that it still is in good shape. It just amazes me that shotguns this old can still compete with brand new shotguns.
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