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Stopped by the orphanage today to check on new arrivals. Seems I missed a nice 1897 Riot and a Model 52 yesterday along with a couple of nice Model 21’s earlier in the week but something caught my eye and I wasn’t able to put it down. I’ll always take a closer look at any Model 1912/12 and this one was certainly worth another look. I can find almost no wear on the blued components and there even appears to be packing grease (but probably not) in the hard to reach areas. It’s a 12 gauge, 28” Plain Modified barrel, Field or Standard grade. Nothing special other than the 28” modified barrel and the 90%++ condition. 
Needless to say, this one followed me home! 
Thanks for being an enabler and a second set of eyes, Bert!

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Quite honestly I prefer a gun with character and unfortunately this shotgun has about as much character as the box it was shipped in. OTOH I’d give $100 for that box, a little more for the hang tags and manual. Sometimes I fall for “example” guns; high condition specimens in original and nearly unused condition. This one may show up in Cody in a few weeks!

 

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The next trip to Arlington is going to include a search for your orphanage(s)…  very nice looking for certain!

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Mike,

Very nice. My local orphanage rarely has nice adoptable examples anymore.

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 About three years ago, I was lucky enough to pick up a near perfect 28 inch modified plan barrel  Model 12. Could not resist and took it out on a few duck hunts, on some nice weather days.The gun worked perfect and I was able to bag a few ducks with it.Smile

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Very nice. My local orphanage rarely has nice adoptable examples anymore.

Al

  

It has been a long dry spell for me at the orphanage, buyer is having a hard time competing with auction companies. A 67 youth caught my eye but a poorly mounted Lyman 55R WS receiver sight and equally shoddy work on the sling studs cooled my enthusiasm. Maybe should have bought it for the sight or to loan it to my brother to teach his grandkids to shoot.

 

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https://www.proxibid.com/Guns-Military-Artifacts/Shotguns/MINT-1960-WINCHESTER-MODEL-12-PUMP-SHOTGUN/lotInformation/76928710

Mike,

this one just sold on Proxibid and would appear to be the same configuration you just purchased.

 A very nice Model 12, congratulations. 

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https://www.proxibid.com/Guns-Military-Artifacts/Shotguns/MINT-1960-WINCHESTER-MODEL-12-PUMP-SHOTGUN/lotInformation/76928710

Mike,

this one just sold on Proxibid and would appear to be the same configuration you just purchased.

 A very nice Model 12, congratulations. 

  

Thanks, that is very nice but has a bit more visible wear. I like the wood better on the auction gun. I doubt the slide on my latest model 12 has been cycled much over 100 times, if that. With auction premiums mine cost a little less so maybe I didn’t pay too much after all. 

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Had a little dose of deja vu a little while ago while checking in at the orphanage. Found the little sister to the above gun, another 95% Model 12 Field with another 28” Modified barrel, only this one’s a 20ga. To sweeten the deal it was built the year I was born. No pics, suffice it to say they could pass for twins except for the chambering.

 

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I think it’s time for me to head up North and find your orphanage.

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Maybe so, Ronald. It’s been a lucky spot for me a few times but y’all don’t hear about my dry runs. I certainly have been lucky, this latest Model 12 has been fired a little more than the one I scored in June but it was very tight taking down and very clean inside. A bit dry but that is an easy fix. Let me know when you’re coming, we can do coffee or something a bit more filling if I know you’re coming. Pretty impressive restaurant row between there and TMS. All franchises but a few are quite good.

 

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OK, one pic. Dug out the 1958 production M12 in 12ga to display with the 1960 production M12 in 20ga. Apologies for the quality. Hard to believe they are 200,000 guns apart. I may have to shoot the 20, felt pretty lively out at the club today. May need to take up bird hunting.

 

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Very nice.  I have a circa 1915 20 gauge, 2.5″, that managed to escape the trend to rechamber old shotguns to 2.75″. They do swing and point pretty naturally. 

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