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Winchester M12 16 Gauge 947969 “DPC” Guard Gun?
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August 20, 2021 - 6:09 pm
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A good friend has an interesting Model 12 that I offered to find out more about.

It’s a 16 gauge with 28 inch FULL choke plain (non ribbed) barrel with serial number 947969 dating to 1942.  A “W” is stamped below the serial number on the receiver.

Looks to be all original with just about all the blue but it does have a couple light handling marks.

There is stamping in the wood of the stock on the right side by the Winchester hard rubber butt plate.

The markings are: “DPC  WJ8973  BAC”.  Possibly a guards gun?

(Hey Bert, might the “BAC” be Boeing Aircraft Company?)

There is a Research Survey for guns marked “DCP” but this M12 is marked “DPC”.

My friend is not interested in selling the gun.  Just looking for info.

Thank you for any thoughts or comments on what this M12 might be?

Jolly

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 Most interesting stamping .I wonder if they could be  Canadian markings for both French and English?Like RCMP in English and GRC in French.Probably not,but it was just a thought that crossed my mind.Smile

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I got this from another friend of mine:

“Maybe the DPC stands for Defense Plant Corporation
 
Started in 1940 to build up US War mfg. needs especially in the aircraft and auto industries.  US Gov’t felt War was coming, no doubt.
 
I found several links where the DPC was involved helping Boeing establish extra factories to turn out Bombers at the Stearman Aircraft facilities.  Boeing had recently bought out Stearman.
 
Lots of info on the Defense Plant Corp by doing a search.
 
The date certainly matches with the mfg date of the shotgun.”
 
It sure makes sense
 
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I’m speculating that the “BAC” marking at the end of the stamping would be for the Bell Aircraft Company.  Possibly Boeing Aircraft Company too.

The gun was acquired locally in upstate NY, not very far from where the Bell Aircraft Company was located near Buffalo.

Just my two cents worth and hoping to generate more discussion.

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