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Model 12 odd barrel length ?
April 23, 2021
10:54 pm
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I bought a M12 several years ago that had been shot to death, no finish ,and what I thought was a cut off barrel.I believe the gun to be original as all the surfaces are the same. The gun was made in 1923 and the barrel markings are  : : Nickel steel —-Trade Mark —-MOD  12-16GA.   MOD

                                                                                                                                         WINCHESTER

                                                                                                                              REG IN U.S. PAT.OFF.&FGN

MADE IN U.S.A.WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN CONN PAT JUNE 2 1896

FEB.22 JUNE.14.1898.SEPT.7.1909.MAY.17.24.31.JUNE7.14.28.JULY.5.12.??.JULY.22.1913

On the under side ::     VP( in an oval ) MNS    a triangle  an  8     MO(? )    23    

The barrel length is 23 inches  My question is it just a coincident that the barrel has a 23 stamped on it and it was cut off or was if factory made 23 inch barrel?

April 24, 2021
4:26 am
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The “23” stamped on the bottom of the barrel is the date (year) it was manufactured, and it has nothing to do with the length of the barrel. The original length of the barrel was most likely 26-inches.

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