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Any "old school" model 12 guys here?


wwlefty
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My dad and I just picked up this Winchester model 12 for $450 at an auction the other day; my dad still can't believe i got it that cheap. It is a 6 digit serial # 152XXX which puts it manufactured in 1917 I believe. The action is tight and the finish is in great shape for it's age so its either been gone through and re-blued or it has basically been a safe queen. the stampings are very legible which tends to make me think it hasn't been re-blued but either way after transfer fees and a left handed safety i've got a classic shotgun for dove and pheasant season for about $500

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I've got my father's 12ga mod 12 that he purchased new in 1943.

Guns were hard to come by at the height of WW II and he had to travel to the next county to find it in a hardware store.

He was 16 years old at the time and hoed corn all summer to earn the money.

It's my most cherished firearm.

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I've got one, it was my grandfathers mine dates 1947 I think. Same problem tight action and some time you have to pull the trigger to get the action to open. In one of the threads in this section 98 posted a good tare down video just havnt got to it

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I've got my father's 12ga mod 12 that he purchased new in 1943.

Guns were hard to come by at the height of WW II and he had to travel to the next county to find it in a hardware store.

He was 16 years old at the time and hoed corn all summer to earn the money.

It's my most cherished firearm.

 

Yeah Winchester produced a whooping 87 model 12's in 1944, I love hearing these kind of stories. This is what libs will never understand, firearms are more than just "guns," they are a rite of passage for young men, a permenant bond between father and son. My dad's first gun was a model 12 20ga given to him by his father as a 12th birthday present. My grandpa also purchased a 16ga at the same time and my dad's love affair with model 12's was born. He still has both shotguns and about 4 other model 12's, two 42's and a model 61. The collection looks pretty impressive when he has them all laid out on the pool table together... 

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The one I inherited from my father is in about 90 – 95% condition.    Like I said earlier he bought it the year I was born and that was in 1952.    Dad died in 2012 at age 97.   He did his last Dove hunt in 2011 and he was using it.   Now when I go Dove hunting I use it.   And I love it to.   With its full chock barrel you got to be good,  I get my limit.

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realy cool stories. Made me think about my grandaddys shotty. A Remington model 11. He sold it to me when I was a little thing. Made the money to buy it working weekends and summer with my dad. so it means a lot to me. I also took my very first deer with this shot gun. Small button head but it fell right down.

I do have a question though. The barel say 2 3/4 or smaller rounds. Amy ideas as I don't think when this was made they had mini rounds

 

 

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41 minutes ago, painterman said:

realy cool stories. Made me think about my grandaddys shotty. A Remington model 11. He sold it to me when I was a little thing. Made the money to buy it working weekends and summer with my dad. so it means a lot to me. I also took my very first deer with this shot gun. Small button head but it fell right down.

I do have a question though. The barel say 2 3/4 or smaller rounds. Amy ideas as I don't think when this was made they had mini rounds

 

 

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They used to have 2 1/2" shells before 2 3/4". I have a pretty 20 gauge with a Simmons rib and georgous wood letting dad use it till he has no longer a need for a shotgun. It was my grandfathers.

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On 2/28/2019 at 7:00 PM, shooterrex said:

They used to have 2 1/2" shells before 2 3/4". I have a pretty 20 gauge with a Simmons rib and georgous wood letting dad use it till he has no longer a need for a shotgun. It was my grandfathers.

Nice stories, I have a gorgeous Model 12 Featherweight,, like all things, that doesn't guarantee its gonna function,, it will intermittantly lock up, and go back in 15 minutes and its fine until the next go around?? damn thing,, I had a great Model 12 mechanic, but went to his house and his wife gave me a filthy look and said "Darrel doesn't live here anymore!!!!"" oh shiet!

 

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