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Model 12 trench gun?
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Hello,

I’m new to the forum so I apologize for not posting this correctly. 

I recently picked up Winchester model 12 which I believe to be a trench shotgun and could use some  assistance figuring it out.
it has his serial number in the 1035XXX range and a 43 stamped on the barrel. According to what I looked at so far, it should be parkerized but it is blued. Unfortunately someone has added a choke/compensator to the barrel, but it appears to have a 20.5 inch barrel. Below are some photos.

I would appreciate any assistance in helping me figure out exactly what I have.

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Pictures?

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It looks like it may have been polished and reblued.

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I paid $50 for it. I assume the polishing and rebluing his already lowered the value of it a bit. I can’t stand the compensator on the barrel. If I cut the compensator off it would leave the barrel at 19 7/8 inches. I’d like to hear another opinion…do you think it is better to leave it on or take it off? 

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If it actually has been reblued I’d cut the barrel and put the bead back on.  Then touch up the cut.  If it hasn’t been reblued I might still be tempted to do the same thing.  Those chokes are real ugly.

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Thanks for the  opinion. I agree. According to the serial number, it falls into the range where it would’ve had a parkerized finish. I was thinking, being that it’s already been altered, it won’t hurt too much more to cut that thing off. 

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Welcome, Patrick. Gun has little collector value but as a Riot Gun clone it may have some value to people who like that sort of thing. I like Chuck’s idea, cut it off @ 18” or a tad longer. Clean it up and reattach a bead. I keep a few modern 1200/1300 riot guns around for social equipment but a Model 12 would be welcome. Assuming it’s in good mechanical condition it’s one of the best fighting shotguns ever built and a round or two on the skeet fields now and then would be fun. 

 

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