Model 12 saved from scrap heap


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bluekouki86
March 10, 2013, 07:06 AM
I got this gun from an older gentleman who was going to throw it away due to many years of neglect. He inherited it from his uncle over 20 years ago and has never touched it since. I know it isn't worth much, but it makes a nice truck gun and keeps it alive to fight another day.

Before
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f180/Bluekouki86/20130219_204107_zps21c723c7.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f180/Bluekouki86/20130219_203928_zps5277a76f.jpg

During
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f180/Bluekouki86/20130301_002538_zps96d429e4.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f180/Bluekouki86/20130228_221450_zpse5395cf0.jpg
Yes those are whittled sticks used for a magazine plug

After
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f180/Bluekouki86/20130309_045552_zpsdf772ccd.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f180/Bluekouki86/20130309_045623_zps335adfab.jpg

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eastbank
March 10, 2013, 07:13 AM
we had a bad flood in 1973 and afterwards i bought quite a few flood guns,most were just parts gun by the time i got them,but a few were able to be saved like yours. nice save, if you have choke tubes installed it will make a nice field shotgun. eastbank.

bluekouki86
March 10, 2013, 07:19 AM
This gun has been sitting for over 20 years with no attention, and stored in a damp midwest basement (poor thing). I don't have it choked as I intend to use it as a truck/home defense gun. Such a shame because it is a very early model 12 (1920's).

returningfire
March 10, 2013, 10:10 AM
Great save man. Good for you.

bluekouki86
March 10, 2013, 10:17 AM
Thanks, not to bad for a free gun...well minus all the supplies to fix it.

Tallbald
March 10, 2013, 10:47 AM
Absolutely handsome. Kudos to you Sir! Don

stan rose
March 10, 2013, 10:55 AM
Very nice job.

soloban
March 10, 2013, 10:59 AM
Nice job. Tell us what you did to it.

bluekouki86
March 10, 2013, 11:04 AM
Well it was originally a 30" full choke barrel, but as the first picture shows the last 10" was too far gone. I cut the barrel down to 18 1/4 inches first, then removed as much pitting as possible from barrel and reciever. After all was cleaned up and stripped of what little bluing that was left, I reblued all the pieces and reassembled. The recoil pad is dried up, so I am making a custom steel butt plate.

gunut
March 10, 2013, 01:54 PM
I normaly dont like chopping down guns but I see you had no good alternative ....... it should make a nice riot/HD/zombie gun....I collect model 12s and consider what you did a nice save....wouldnt mind having that one under my bed...

rondog
March 10, 2013, 02:01 PM
Good job, man, good job! Proud of ya!

jim243
March 10, 2013, 02:02 PM
Nice job indeed on a classic. I would put a recoil pad on it however.

Jim

19-3Ben
March 10, 2013, 02:38 PM
The recoil pad is dried up, so I am making a custom steel butt plate.

Do tell. That could be really cool.

dprice3844444
March 10, 2013, 02:46 PM
it will still take care of business,nice save

Liberty1776
March 10, 2013, 09:19 PM
No Model 12 should be thrown away every, and you have resurrected this one very nicely...

batex
March 10, 2013, 09:40 PM
Please tell us how you did the re blue job.

gp911
March 10, 2013, 09:52 PM
Holy crustaceans Batman! Nice save, always good to see a classic salvaged and put back in service.

JAshley73
March 10, 2013, 10:57 PM
I think it looks rather handsome cut down... Nice work, and nice save.

DNS
March 10, 2013, 11:49 PM
Very nice rescue!

bluekouki86
March 11, 2013, 03:37 AM
Do tell. That could be really cool.

Well I'm always trying new things, with that being said I am no expert. I am trying my hand at engraving. I want to engrave "Winchester" in the factory lettering onto a piece of steel then blue it. Hopefully it will turn out ok.

Please tell us how you did the re blue job.

This is my first time rebluing an entire gun, so I cold blued it. All the parts were disassembled and stripped of rust and old bluing, degreased, then I used a little heat to get the parts up to a very scientific "barely able to handle" temperature. I used Birchwood Casey Super Blue and put a heavy first coat on all parts. When all was said and done most parts probably had 50 coats of bluing or better. The barrel is made of a hard nickel alloy steel making it hard to blue, just took extra coats and some patience. I let it cure over night in the safe and applied a good coat of oil...and the pictures show the results.

evan price
March 11, 2013, 07:59 AM
Great save, that's now about a perfect home defense or truck gun.

foghornl
March 11, 2013, 09:06 AM
A VERRRRRY NICE looking HomeLand Security shotgun now.

First pic of that barrel was rather scary, though. I can understand why you cut it down. I would not have shot it before 'surgery'.

Sav .250
March 11, 2013, 09:30 AM
Congrats sir! The finished product looks great...............

deputy tom
March 11, 2013, 08:24 PM
Seeing the before I wouldn't think the after picture is the same gun. Nice work. tom.:)

DaleCooper51
March 11, 2013, 11:30 PM
Looks Great.

Well done.

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