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.
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?
March 31, 2009
November 7, 2015
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.