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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