Winchester Model 12

The Winchester Model 12, more formerly known as the Winchester Model 1912 (also commonly referred to as the M12 or Model 12) is a pump action or hammerless slide-action, shotgun with an external tube magazine.
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The Winchester Model 12, more formerly known as the Winchester Model 1912 (also commonly referred to as the M12 or Model 12) is a pump action or hammerless slide-action, shotgun with an external tube magazine.

Nicknamed, the Perfect Repeater at its introduction, this shotgun se tthe standard for pump action shotguns throughout its fifty one (51) year high rate manufacture and production life. From 1912 until the shotgun was first discontinued by Winchester in 1963, nearly two million Model 12 shotguns were manufactured and produced in various barrel lengths and grades. Initially the M12 was chambered strictly for 20 gauge, however 12 and 16 gauge versions came out in or around 1914, and the 28 gauge version of the Winchester Model 12 came out in 1934. A .410 version was never produced; instead, a stripped down variatn of the Model 12, commonly known as the Model 42, was derived directly from scaled drawings of the model 12 and produced instead.

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6 years 33 weeks ago, 11:46 PM

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Winchester 20 gauge

I just inherited a Winchester double barrel shotgun, Model 24, 20 gauge. How do I find out information about this gun and how much I should insure it for?

6 years 19 weeks ago, 5:07 PM

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how do you get a lisence so i can buy one i would like it

5 years 9 weeks ago, 10:25 PM

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I just picked up a Winchester Model 42 with a serial number that pegs it as being produced in 1963. It is in good shape mechanically but has rust on the left side of the receiver and a 2"x 1/8" piece of rust on the top of the receiver just above the ejection port.

It has a removable Simmons choke unlike any I've seen before.

Any ideas on its value?

I'm considering having it reblued by a professional gunsmith...

4 years 48 weeks ago, 12:58 PM

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Model 42

If you really want it reblued, contact Simmon Gun Specialties. You may need a longer stock, but it's worth way more than $200.00.

4 years 48 weeks ago, 1:03 PM

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first let ryo welcome you. is alway great to have new members. then second let ryo suggest you go over to the intro topic and put up an introduction of yourself. everyone will want to get to know you. and if you have any questions there will alway be couple dozen people who will jump right in and try to help. hope you enjoy all your visits here and that you make many new friends.

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5 years 9 weeks ago, 10:32 PM

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more info is needed about the model 42 to determine model/grade
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5 years 9 weeks ago, 11:01 PM

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Sure. I'll take a few photos in the morning and post them. I'd appreciate any help on this.

5 years 9 weeks ago, 1:51 AM

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Saber

Careful having a gun reblued if you want to sell it. Most collectors would rather have the rust than a reblued gun. Having it refinished by the factory or a factory authorized gunsmith is usually okay.

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5 years 9 weeks ago, 6:57 AM

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Reblue or not

I'm taking the gun to a local gun store to have it appraised tomorrow before I do anything to it.

I've posted several photos of the gun....

5 years 9 weeks ago, 2:54 PM

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Collector's Firearms informed me that the stock had been cut down and that the gun was worth $200. It's just a "shooter" they said.

5 years 2 days ago, 12:09 PM

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Just wondering if you'd like to sell that model 42 Saber6. If so please call 330-705-8757 or email jdlovejoy4@yahoo.com Thanks Josh

4 years 48 weeks ago, 2:14 PM

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3 years 35 weeks ago, 10:45 AM

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Still the same gun,different year?

3 years 21 weeks ago, 10:46 AM

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I have this Model 12 manufactured in 1931. I removed the magazine tube but the barrel stayed fixed to the receiver. I noted that some Model 12's have fixed barrel. How would I know if I happen to have one. Also why would the magazine tube come apart so easily. Thanks Gun Chrony

3 years 2 weeks ago, 3:00 PM

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I have a model 12 shotgun that i am trying to find out information on. It is a nickel steel barrel,slide action. Serial #543574. There is no chamber marking on this gun, it is in excellent condition, has never been stamped. The ejection port measures 2 5/8 " exactly. All other module 12 2 3/4" chambers I have measured are 2 3/8". This one is longer and can shoot 3" shells and ejects them . Where can I find out information on this, or does anyone know anything about them? Thank you

2 years 40 weeks ago, 11:18 AM

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Your M12

mneubauer wrote:
I have a model 12 shotgun that i am trying to find out information on. It is a nickel steel barrel,slide action. Serial #543574. There is no chamber marking on this gun, it is in excellent condition, has never been stamped. The ejection port measures 2 5/8 " exactly. All other module 12 2 3/4" chambers I have measured are 2 3/8". This one is longer and can shoot 3" shells and ejects them . Where can I find out information on this, or does anyone know anything about them? Thank you

Yours was made in 1928.
If you BBL. is only marked 2 3/4" then no.

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2 years 48 weeks ago, 5:40 PM

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i have a model 12 shotgun model #796283 trying to find out what year it was made

2 years 40 weeks ago, 11:15 AM

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Your M-12 was made in1939.
Hope this helps.

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