This is a lovingly cared for Model 12 in pristine condition. Remington, however, had wisely retained a machined steel receiver for their Model 870. They were made from 1960 to 1965 … about 82000 were sold. I really think the 20ga M12 is not all that common. The owner's wife gave it to him as a gift and he never got into trap shooting so it has set in the original box for 40 years. The Model 1200 was intended to compete on even footing with the Remington Model 870 pump gun, which had pioneered most of the same production shortcuts.
The carrier is hinged at its rear and under spring tension so that when the bolt is in battery it is more or less flush with the bottom of the receiver. I'd snap up a nice 20ga M12 in a hurry! It has roughly 100 rds thru it and looks brand new. The barrels were nickel steel. That and its 6-shot capacity made it effective for close-combat. During the Korean War, the Marines used the Model 12 extensively. This feature seems to mostly impress people who know little about guns or how to use them, as well as the movie going public. 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.
Internal parts were stamped from sheet metal, instead of machined from steel forgings. Friend's father had an old Model 12, 16 ga. Parts were forged and required extensive, and often complicated, machining to produce them. Winchester Model 12 manufacturer markings on barrel. I shot a 23 pound gobbler with my 12ga M12.
Answer The Winchester Ranger Model 120 was a cheaper version of the Model 1300. Establishing the value of a Model 12, or any other firearm type requires more information about the version, and examination of the condition, of that individual gun. To the chagrin of many Winchester fans, many other favorite models in addition to the 42 were discontinued after 1963. 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. In 1914, both 12 and 16 gauge chamberings were offered. Given even minimal care, however, a Model 12 will outlast virtually any other pump-gun.
I remember it as the hardest kicking 20 gauge shotgun I have ever fired, even with target loads. After series production ceased in 1963, the supply of military Model 12's was quickly exhausted and the Ithaca Model 37 pump gun was adopted to fill the void. Remington Model 1100 Skeet auto - purchased used approx 1962 in beautiful condition. This is a phishing scam designed to take your login information. Pigeon and high grade guns are the most desirable of all.
When you say Winchester shotguns, most people think of the , the, or the elegant double barrel Model 21. Even worse, Winchester's margin of profit on the Model 12 was lower than Remington's margin on the substantially cheaper Model 870. The stocks were American walnut. Long story short: I'm reasonably knowledgeable about shotguns in general and used to collect antique guns. Contact a reputable appraiser, such as Jim Supica, for additional information or referrals. Softer shot like Bismuth will shoot fine in this great shotgun.
A week ago I came across a sweet 20 ga Model 12. Neither of us can shoot that gun very well, either. The Model 12 served trench gun duties with military units for decades. 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. I just saw one tonight at a gun shop across town.
Harold's son, Robert, my cousin and college roommate, was ultimately given the Model 12 by his dad. The various sites such as Gun Trader are good resources for current value, as is the publication Blue Book of Gun Values. The Pigeon Grade was supplied with a full fancy walnut stock and could be ordered to individual measurements and requirements with fancy checkering, engraving, etc. For most of its production life the Model 12 lacked a trigger disconnector. Repeating Arms Company, and Miroku after 1964 through 2006 through specialized gun collector purchase programs, but the Perfect Repeater shotgun was never mass-produced after 1964.