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Winchester Model 1912 16 Gauge

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by 10-36, Feb 21, 2011.

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  1. 10-36

    10-36 Member

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    I've been given a Winchester Model 1912 16 Gauge shotgun and need some help with any information on it.

    Barrel reads: Nickel Steel, Trademark Winchester Reg. in U.S. Pat. Off. & Fgn., Mod. 1912 16 GA., Full

    Receiver and Barrel both have the WP in Oval proof mark.

    Serial Number 191209

    Any help would be very much appreciated.

    Thank!
     
  2. XxWINxX94

    XxWINxX94 Member

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    Well you have a classic, collectable, Winchester shotgun there.

    S/N: 183470 dates to 1919 and S/N: 219466 dates to 1920 so yours is somewhere in the early 1919 range.

    Hows the condition? Its a huge factor in prices of these shotguns. Assuming yours isn't the best condition, but far from the worst, 90% condition is around $425.

    Blue Book also says to add 10% for pre-WWII mfg.
    Many other things to add and subtract % value:
    Cutt's Compensator, 32'' barrel, original box & papers, Solid Rib, milled VR, deluxe field grade, extra barrels, Win Special VR.
     
  3. MMCSRET

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    Please be aware that the original 16 ga. chambering was for shells 2 9/16" long. Not the
    2 3/4" that we find in production today. My 1912 dated 1915 is a 2 9/16" chamber. Winchester started the longer chamber after WW I but I don't know exactly when, I've been told 1920. Please be sure before firing with modern ammunition.
    Be safe!!!!!!!
     
  4. XxWINxX94

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    From Wikipedia reguarding the shell length:
     
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    Great call on the chamber length! Thanks for the input. I'm doing a lot of inventory on my grandfather-in-law's rifles and pistols. This is just one of them.
     
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    wikipedeia ?

    I am quite sure the model 12 in 12 gauge were made with 2 3/4 chambers from the start. 20 gauge were made with 2 1/2 in chambers in the beginning, and 2 3/4 inch as standard in 1925. 16 gauge were made with 2 9/16 until 1927 when 2 3/4 inch chambers were standard. 28 gauge guns had 2 7/8 inch chambers as standard. Of course , have your model 12 inspected by a reliable gunsmith. good shooting!

    mothernatureson
     
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