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Nickel Steel Winchester Model 1912 Serial Number

This Winchester Model 1912 slide action shotgun, serial number 1 is pictured and briefly described on pages 6, 7, and 12 of "The Greatest Hammerless Repeating Shotgun Ever Built: The Model 12 - 1912-1964" by Dave Riffle. Features a single brass bead sight on the barrel, "NICKEL STEEL - WINCHESTER - MOD. 1912 - 20 GA. FULL/REG. IN U.S. PAT. OFF. & FGN." marking on the left side of the barrel, two-line address and patent marking on the right, "FULL" marked choke, 2 1/2 inch chamber, and matching Winchester "WP" proofs on top of the barrel and receiver at the breech. The book describes the gun as a standard field grade, sold through the Winchester Club House. Short, grooved slide handle, and semi-pistol grip stock with checkered Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Length of pull is 13 1/2 inches. Includes a Winchester canvas and leather carry sleeve, and the November 9, 1912 issue of "The Saturday Evening Post" featuring an advertisement for the Winchester Model 1912 on page 43. Given the date of publication, this is very likely one of the first print advertisements for the Model 1912.

nickel steel winchester model 1912 serial number


This model was designed by T.C. Johnson and was the first of the slide action hammerless shotguns built by Winchester, enjoying great success with over 1,900,000 sold. This high quality, well made shotgun is still in use in the hunting and shooting fields across the country. All Model 12s are takedown. Manufactured in 1912, the first year of production. Equipped with a single brass bead sight on a plain 25 inch nickel steel barrel choked full. Thirteen groove forearm and plain pistol grip stock with a black hard rubber buttplate marked "WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO." in a circle. The 25 inch barrel was only made from 1912 to 1914.

Very good with 30% of the original blue finish remaining showing areas of edge and cycling wear on the magazine tube and barrel, evidence of light spotting, cleaned gray patina on the receiver collar, clear serial numbers, scattered nicks and dings on the frame and some very light pitting. The wood is also very good with handling wear at the wrist, scattered scratches and small indentations throughout. Mechanically excellent. A scarce opportunity to own a very early two digit serial number Winchester Model 1912.


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