I purchased a 1200 with thoughts of getting back into hunting. It had a smooth 28″ barrel and seems absolutely immaculate. The bluing looks totally unblemished, as does the wood on the stocks. I got the original box and paperwork with it, although the box seems to have sustained a bit of water damage on one end. This is chambered for 2-3/4″ shells and the serial number does not have the ‘L’ prefix, so I guess it was made between 1960-64.
Thinking of a multi-purpose gun, I chopped the original barrel to 18-1/2″ for slugs and buckshot use (deer hunting and home defense) and bought some camo stocks. I also bought a 28″ vent rib barrel from a Model 140, equipped with a Winchoke system and a modified tube installed. The barrel is also just about perfect, with a couple small dings along the edge of the rib near the receiver.
I’ve since decided my hunting days are past and the threat of a home invasion seems highly unlikely, so now it’s time for a change.
Any ideas of how to set a value? I’ve decided to sell the gun and re-invest in something smaller in 20 gauge, anticipating training my grandsons on gun safety and shooting in the near future.
I live in Arizona and wonder if perhaps there might be some Winchester shotgun collectors in Greater Phoenix area to evaluate the gun.
Thanks for any advice. Pictures are available.
April 15, 2005
Production of the Model 1200 began in 1964, and in late 1968 the “L” prefix was added to the serial numbers to be in compliance with the GCA of 1968 (enacted in November of that year).
Generally speaking, the Model 1200 is not a “collector” grade gun, instead It is a utilitarian gun. The fact that you cut down the original barrel further reinforces its status. The fact that is cannot chamber 3″ shells will also affect the market interest. I suspect that there will be moderate interest from potential buyers up to about $350 for the entire package you have.
WACA 6571L, Historian & Board of Director Member