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Considering the purchase of a model 12, 16 gauge, circa 1914. The only aspect of this gun that puzzles me is the forearm. Please see attached photo. I’ve never seen this style before and although the seller states that the gun has not been refurbished this forearm makes be wonder. If anyone can tell me that this was a standard part of this vintage or that it was a factory option I would appreciate it.
Best I can tell it is the correct early style forearm. According to Riffle’s book it should be 5 5/8” long. The longer 18 groove came along about 1919.
Bert – Multiple attempts to provide a larger photo failed. No doubt something to do with the Guns International site. If you happen to be in that neighborhood and have the time, the GI number for this gun is 101785715. Thanks for you willingness to assist.
Mike – Thanks you for this information. It renews my optimism for this shotgun. And if I can bother you with one other request, what is the book you referred to in your reply? Still learning!
Again, thanks to you both.
Positively not factory original…
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Much better picture, very attractive but certainly not original after all. Dave Riffle’s outstanding book “The Greatest Hammerless Repeating Shotgun Ever Built: The Model 12 – 1912-1964” has very clear pictures and descriptions of the correct forearm wood. I wasn’t able to see the checkering in the first pics.
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Mike – Thanks again. This is my first venture into the world of the model 12. I’ll add that book to my library.
You’re quite welcome, John. Only had the book a short time but it is one of the most attractive and useful books in my growing library. I’ve learned quite a bit about an unusual Model 12 I’ve had for a few years.
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