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Hi All,

I recently acquired a Model 1911 12 gauge shotgun in excellent condition.I was out on the weekend shooting it with light target loads and it worked perfectly.

I don’t see much info on here with regards to this gun,does it have collector value?

Thanks

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Hi All,

I recently acquired a Model 1911 12 gauge shotgun in excellent condition. I was out on the weekend shooting it with light target loads and it worked perfectly.

I don’t see much info on here with regards to this gun, does it have collector value?

Thanks

There is very little collector interest in the Model 1911 S.L. shotguns.  Winchester allegedly lost money on every single one of the 82,744 of them that were manufactured.

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Thanks for the replies.

I personally love the gun for the history and build quality.

It will reside along with my other Self Loading Rifles.

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Keith Thoms said
Thanks for the replies.

I personally love the gun for the history and build quality.

It will reside along with my other Self Loading Rifles.

  

I’ve had one since I was in my early teens which was many years ago and I love it !

My.opinion may be a little bias as it was my Grandfather’s gun and I grew up shooting pheasant , ducks and deer with it on my other Grandfather’s dairy farm . So they claim many people were injured or killed using it but why would you ever stick your face or any body part in front of the muzzle of any firearm ??? As long as you use it by grabbing the knurled portion of the barrel and work the action like that it is completely safe .

I have many great memories with that old Winchester and I think it’s a really cool old shotgun .

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Was the Model 40 much better?

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Was the Model 40 much better?

  

No it wasn’t… which is why Winchester took it off the market so quickly!  They apparently had not forgotten the expensive lesson they were forced to endure during the 14-year production run on the Model 1911.

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Was the Model 40 much better?

  

No it wasn’t… which is why Winchester took it off the market so quickly!  They apparently had not forgotten the expensive lesson they were forced to endure during the 14-year production run on the Model 1911.

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Thanks Bert!  It is odd they would forget such an important lesson.

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steve004 said

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steve004 said

Was the Model 40 much better?

No it wasn’t… which is why Winchester took it off the market so quickly!  They apparently had not forgotten the expensive lesson they were forced to endure during the 14-year production run on the Model 1911.

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Thanks Bert!  It is odd they would forget such an important lesson.

Not really… there was a full 15-year gap between the end of the Model 1911 production (in 1925), and the introduction of the Model 40 in early 1940.  Winchester had endured the Great Depression, bankruptcy and had changed ownership between those two models.

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Keith Thoms said

Thanks for the replies.

I personally love the gun for the history and build quality.

It will reside along with my other Self Loading Rifles.

  

I’ve had one since I was in my early teens which was many years ago and I love it !

My.opinion may be a little bias as it was my Grandfather’s gun and I grew up shooting pheasant , ducks and deer with it on my other Grandfather’s dairy farm . So they claim many people were injured or killed using it but why would you ever stick your face or any body part in front of the muzzle of any firearm ??? As long as you use it by grabbing the knurled portion of the barrel and work the action like that it is completely safe .

I have many great memories with that old Winchester and I think it’s a really cool old shotgun .

  

Completely Agree.I have taken mine hunting several times and its a pure joy to shoot.You should always know the workings of a particular firearm before using as stated.A Rare and well built Winchester that is greatly under appreciated in my opinion.The 1911 is a quintessential gun that truly tells a part of the Winchester story.

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