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MT and WMT in serial number
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Ron Sturgeon
March 27, 2023 - 9:11 pm

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Trying to identify the year these guns were made and what if anything is special about the letters in the serial numbers

MT3960

WMT0646 – Believe this is a Grade 4 Limited Edition

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Kingston, WA
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March 27, 2023 - 10:09 pm

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Ron,

While we are usually very good at identifying old Winchesters with minimal clues, it would really help if you could tell us which specific Model you are inquiriing about.

Bert

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Ron Sturgeon
March 28, 2023 - 5:01 pm

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Sorry, these are both Model 12 shotguns

MT3960 is a 16 ga

WMT0646 is a 20 ga

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March 28, 2023 - 9:30 pm

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Ron,

They are not original Model 12 shotguns… Winchester did not use an “MT” or “WMT” prefix on the serial numbers for any of the Model 1912/12 shotguns manufactured from August 1912 through May 1964. Accordingly, I highly suspect that you have a modern reproduction Model 12 manufactured by someone else (Browning ?).

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Ron Sturgeon
March 28, 2023 - 9:58 pm

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Thanks,

The boxes they are in are Winchester and I did find a date of 10-06-97 on the MT3960 gun so I’m going to assume the other is also a more recent build also.  I will do some more research.  Thank you for you assistance, these were the only 2 out of the bunch that I was unable to determine when they were made.

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March 29, 2023 - 3:21 am

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Ron,

“Winchester” got out of the gun manufacturing business in December of 1980. Everything that has been manufactured in or after 1981 is a reproduction, or was manufactured by the U.S. Repeating Arms Company (USRACo) using the leased trademarked Winchester name. The USRACo had the lease for the Winchester trademark name from May 1891 through March 2006.

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