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Fred South
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December 20, 2022 - 10:24 pm
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This gun was purchased by my father in year 1936 approximately brand new. It’s a 20 ga mod 12, and I purchased it from him when I was 15 yrs old.

As long as I have owned the gun, the slide would go forward beyond where it should go. I wrapped tape around the mag tube to prevent it going further than where it should.

I read somewhere some time ago that there is a part missing that should prevent this problem. My question is what is the nomenclature, and where can it be obtained? I haven’t fired this gun for several years, so out of  sight, out of mind. I’m now 84 y/o, and would like to fix the gun, even if I never use it before passing it along to my kids. I figured that someone on a forum would know this gun, and what is missing. 

It’s not a collector item for I re-blued it, and refinished the stock over the years. It really doesn’t matter what the value. It’s a family heirloom, and will continue as such. If someone can help me out with this problem that has existed for 85+ years, I would certainly appreciate it.

Thanks in advance,

Fred South

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December 21, 2022 - 1:28 am
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Any competent gun smith should be able to determine what is wrong with it and fix it for you.

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December 21, 2022 - 2:04 am
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If you study some of the several Model 12 disassembly videos on You Tube, maybe you can figure out what part is missing from your gun…if that’s the problem.  Finding the “competent gunsmith” Bert referred to is not easy in many parts of the country.

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