Winchester Model 12 12GA Pump Action Shotgun 29” FULL 1916 C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,825

WOA#: WY240221RB001

Make: Winchester

Model: Model 12 (Model 1912)

Serial Number: 114981

Year of Manufacture: 1916 C&R

Gauge: 12

Action Type: Pump Action

Markings:  The bottom of the receiver is marked “114981”.  The bottom of the magtube is marked “114981” with a beautiful PIGEON  engraved and with two alignment arrows as to be expected   The left side of the Barrel is marked “NICKEL STEEL” “WINCHESTER TRADE MARK MADE IN U.S.A.” and “”MOD.1912-12 GA.  FULL” The right side of the barrel is marked “Manufactured by the Winchester repeating arms Co. New Haven Connecticut U.S.A. Patent JULY 21.1896.FEB.22.JUNE 14.1896.SEP.7.1909.MAY.17.24.31.JUNE.7.14.28.JULY.5.12.1910.JULY 22.1913.”. The butt pad is marked “WINCHESTER ”. On the right side receiver we find our hand engraved, furry friend the retriever pointing like a good hunting dog should at something in the distance. Surrounded by an oval the scene is finished out with scroll work and added filigree. Following the scroll work to the left side of the receiver we see what our faithful companion was pointing at; Three  hand engraved ducks taking flight from the marsh into the sky. This scene is also nicely enveloped by an oval with gorgeous scroll work to compliment the shotgun in a most majestic manner. Machine marks can be found on the bolt with some wear showing field use. The replacement, hand carved, walnut, furniture shows us true craftsman ship in its tight checkering. Both forend and buttstock have been accentent with fleur-de-lis.There is a “DR” stamped behind the trigger guard.  The Ventilated Simmons Rib is securely mounted and inscribed “Simmons Gun Specialties Inc.,OLATHE, KANSAS”

Barrel Length: 29 inches

Choke: Fixed, FULL choke.

Sights / Optics: Silver bead attached to the barrel.

Stock Configuration & Condition:  This Model 12 shotgun has a beautiful  and custom checkered semi-pistol grip stock, with Monte Carlo Styling and a checkered wood pump grip. The length of pull is 14 ½ inches from the buttpad to the front of the trigger. The pump grip has zero scratches or compression marks throughout the surface of the wood. The finish remains entirely intact, there are no chips or cracks. The buttstock has two small scratches and no compression marks throughout the surface. There are no visible chips or cracks. Overall the wood on this shotgun is in Very Good condition. The buttpad has some scuffs and depressions. There are  minor scratches where the barrel meets the receiver from previous use. There is no dri-rot on the buttpad . Please see our photos for a better understanding of this shotgun’s condition.

Type of Finish: Blued.

Finish Originality: ReBlued

Bore Condition: The smooth bore is bright. There is no visible erosion. There are very minimal surface scratches and very minimal fouling. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 9.5/10 for C&R in a shotgun given its age.

Overall Condition:  This shotgun retains about 10% of its original metal finish. But retains 98% of the new finish. The balance of the metal shows rub marks from the pump, magazine tube finish loss this part retaining the only bit of original finish. There are surface scratches near the marriage section of the receiver to the barrel. No spots of rust freckling throughout the receiver, barrel, or magazine tube. There is a small sign of rust removed and reblued on the pistol grip cap. The screw heads are sharp and pins are unmarred. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Very Good to Fine condition for C&R. Though this model 12 circa 1916 has been redone it was redone correctly and with style. Kudos to the engraver and smiths that did work on this in the past. They left little to no trace of ever being there.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None

Our Assessment: The Winchester Model 1912, often called the Model 12, stands as a legendary pump-action shotgun that has left a significant mark on firearms history. Introduced by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company in 1912, this shotgun quickly gained popularity for its robust construction, reliability, and smooth action. One of the notable features of the Model 1912 was its internal hammer design, which contributed to its sleek appearance and enhanced durability. This design element also added to its reputation for reliability, making it a preferred choice among hunters, sportsmen, and law enforcement officers. Initially available in various gauges such as 12, 16, 20, and later, 28 gauge, the Model 1912 came in different barrel lengths and configurations to suit different shooting needs, from hunting to clay shooting to home defense. Throughout its production span, which lasted several decades, the Model 1912 underwent numerous improvements and variations to keep up with technological advancements and market demands. Although production of the Model 1912 ceased in 1964, its reputation as a reliable, well-crafted shotgun persists.

This gun in particular is an absolute beauty. The engraving is all done by hand and the styling is very elegantly laid out. The choice piece of wood used to craft the furniture has a depth of grain rarely seen. Thought this is not the original fit and finish of the model twelve this is truly a work of functional art.This gun is set up for a wonderful day of shooting and just clambering to be owned by another gentleman.Though this model 12 circa 1916 has been redone it was redone correctly and with style. Kudos to the engraver and  any and all smiths that did work on it in the past. They left little to no trace of ever being there.Its a gorgeous example of breathing new life into an old piece.

Kris F.

Winchester Model 12 12GA Pump Action Shotgun 29” FULL 1916 C&R
Winchester Model 12 12GA Pump Action Shotgun 29” FULL 1916 C&R