Because I have a 1922 Model 12 with a 26" cyl. choked barrel, when I saw this gun in a LGS, I had to add it to my collection. As far as I can tell, it is all original.
In Madis’ book, he states that longer than standard barrels are rarer than shorter barrels, although my 26" cyl. barrel is standard, I’m glad I have what I hope is a more special gun. At least I think one from this period in this condition is special!
NRA Distinguished Life Member
April 15, 2005
It is a clean and completely original gun. It was serialzed in the Spring of 1923.
I disagree with Madis. The 32-inch barrel is considerably more common than the 26-inch barrel for the 12-ga guns. It was an optional standard length. I own a 1924 vintage Model 12 with a 32-inch solid ribbed barrel (it was my grandfathers gun) that is somewhat uncommon, but not rare.
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