Pre-1966 made guns will be all numeric serial numbers e. On some models there are others. Hunters will appreciate the options in Mossy Oak Shadow Grass, Mossy Oak Bottomlands, or Realtree Max-5. The gun was fast, which made it one of the most popular on the market. Relatively new shotguns are out there as good economical shooters while older pieces are solid investments.
The closely related Model 42, designed by William Roemer, is a perfectly scaled-down Model 12 chambered for. Effective constriction, in this gun, is a clean thirty thousandths. For whatever reason, Winchester had persisted with a gray plastic buttstock overlay that left me cold. Federal 3rd Degree at 25 yards. Guns designed for less labor intensive manufacture, using stamped sheet metal parts, cast aluminum frames and impressed checkering were the coming thing in the late 1950's and early 1960's, necessary to hold retail prices in check.
However, by the beginning of the 1960's, the times were a changin', to paraphrase Bob Dylan. In 1914, both 12 and 16 gauge chamberings were offered. The cross-bolt safety was located in the front of the machined steel trigger guard, where the trigger finger should be rested prior to actually shooting, ergonomically superior to cross-bolt safeties located in the rear of the trigger guard. This is a dedicated hunting machine with it's all-black exterior that is definitely non-glare to prevent spooking game. Perhaps the most dramatic change in 1964 was the new Model 1200 pump shotgun, which replaced the classic Model 12.
TruGlo Long Bead fiber optic front sight is great for duck hunters, but not so much for clay birds. The Winchester Select Series of shotguns are, without a doubt, the finest over and unders ever produced by Winchester Shotguns. Group's most appealing, all-around offerings. Though the overall look is understated, it is not a pretentious looking contraptionary device. All Model 12 production finally ceased in 1980. 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 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 remember it as the hardest kicking 20 gauge shotgun I have ever fired, even with target loads. When I moved to Eugene to attend the University of Oregon in 1964 I discovered Uncle Harold's Model 12, which was in nice condition. All of the guns made before 1964 were milled and machined from solid steel to a glorious slickness. The lack of a trigger disconnector who would want one of those anyway meant that the gun could fire as fast as you could pump the action—which proved pretty fast indeed. Over and under shotguns have always matched beauty with reliable function and unique designs.
That is a personal failing; a great many others love their Model 12's and shoot them very well, indeed. 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. But most of the changes are geared toward cold weather, gloved hunters. Internal parts were stamped from sheet metal, instead of machined from steel forgings. The trigger guard is appropriately sized, not radically oversized, and the safety at the rear of the trigger guard is effortless to get off and on.
The Army and Marines brought these Unnamed soldier, reportedly in Iraq, with Winchester Model 12. Winchester Model 12: The Perfect Repeater By Chuck Hawks 12 gauge Winchester Model 12, manufactured in 1948. The new Model 1200 was built on an aluminum receiver, instead of the Model 12's machined steel receiver. . The same goes for the forearm.
This makes the surfaces impervious to wear and gives you superior protection from rust and corrosion. But what if we told you there was a gun marketed for almost a century that was , better made than the 1200, and sold many times as much as the 21. Standard barrel lengths were 26, 28 and 30. Common options, available depending on the specific model, included a raised matte rib, ventilated rib, special ventilated rib, Cutts Compensator with interchangeable choke tubes, extended slide handle, straight hand stock and Monte Carlo stock. All had hand checkered, select walnut stocks and jeweled bolts. Pigeon grade guns were available in Field, Duck, Skeet and Trap configurations and are the most desirable to collectors. Shells were loaded into the tubular magazine from the bottom and ejected to the right.
The Field and Duck guns had uncheckered stocks, the Super Field, Pigeon, Skeet and Trap models had checkered stocks with pistol grip caps and checkered forends. Photo: Kristin Alberts The TruGlo Long Bead fiber optic front sight is ideal for waterfowlers and upland birders. Finally, they have gone to a better looking and performing Pachmayr Decelerator pad. The post-'64 Winchesters were never accepted by most knowledgeable shooters and this ultimately contributed to the downfall of Winchester Repeating Arms. The Super-X Pump makes the much maligned Model 1200 of 1964 look like a deluxe shotgun, so far have consumer standards fallen since 1964.