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winchester 1200 dating
October 7, 2015
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Winchester introduced the Model 1200 in 1964, and they began using an "L" prefix on the serial numbers in 1968, so your gun predates that date.

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MODEL 12
RECORDS AT THE FACTORY INDICATE THE FOLLOWING SERIAL NUMBERS WERE
ASSIGl\TED AT THE END OF THE CALENDAR YEAR.

1912 - 5308
13 - 32418
14 - 79765
15 - 109515
16 - 136412
17 - 159391
18 - 183461
19 - 219457
20 - 247458
21 - 267253
22 - 304314
23 - 346319
24 - 385196
25 - 423056
26 - 464564
27 - 510693
28 - 557850
29 - 600834
30 - 626996
31 - 651255
32 - 660110
33 - 664544
34 - 673994
35 - 686978
36 - 720316
37 - 754250
38 - 779455
39 - 814121
40 - 856499
41 - 907431
42 - 958303
43 - 975640
44 - 975727
45 - 990004
46 - 1029152
47- 1102371
48 - 1176055
49 - 1214041
50 - 1252028
51 - 1290015
52 - 1328002
53 - 1399996
54 - 1471990
55 - 1541929
56 - 1611868
57 - 1651435
58 - 1690999
59 - 1795500
60 - 1800000
61-
62 - 1956990
63 - 1962001

A CLEAN UP OF PRODUCTION TOOK PLACE FROM 1964 THROUGH 66 WlTH THE ENDING SERIAL #1970875

1972 - Y2000100 TO Y2006396
73 - Y2015662
74 - Y2022061
75 - Y2024478
76 - Y2025482
77 - Y2025874
78 - Y2026156
79 - Y2026399

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October 20, 2015
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Vince,

The information you just posted is erroneous, and it is a copy of what George Madis published.  The original Winchester factory Polishing Room serialization records at the Cody Firearms Museum have much different information.

The year 1912 actually ended with serial number 9266, and each year thereafter is very notably different than what you posted.

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October 20, 2015
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Sorry, I got that info off the Wichester website a few years ago. You would think THEY might get something as basic as this info right.

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Vince said

Sorry, I got that info off the Wichester website a few years ago. You would think THEY might get something as basic as this info right.

No problem.  The "THEY" you are referring to is not truly "Winchester".  The website is owned and operated by the Browning Arms Company, which is a subsiderary of F.N. Herstal.  The vast majority of the Winchester DOM information they have listed was copied from George Madis' book.  They have none of the original Winchester Repeating Arms Company records.

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February 12, 2018
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Bert H. said
Winchester introduced the Model 1200 in 1964, and they began using an "L" prefix on the serial numbers in 1968, so your gun predates that date.
Bert  

I have a P prefix on all of my serial numbers. Sears and Roebuck Model 200. Supposed to be Winchester Model 1200's according to the crossover list in the Blue Book of Gun Values.

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Turkey53 said

Bert H. said
Winchester introduced the Model 1200 in 1964, and they began using an "L" prefix on the serial numbers in 1968, so your gun predates that date.
Bert  

I have a P prefix on all of my serial numbers. Sears and Roebuck Model 200. Supposed to be Winchester Model 1200's according to the crossover list in the Blue Book of Gun Values.  

The Sears & Roebuck Model 200 is a different Model, which is why it has a "P" prefix.

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My best estimate is 1983

I have assembled the serial numbers for a book on these - see the Summer 2018 Collector

I would like to get a full discriptio of the gun

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July 29, 2018
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The original poster's shotgun is much earlier than 1983 because the Military issue Model 1200s start is the 400,000 range, and they were from contracts starting in 1968.

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Tom D said
The original poster's shotgun is much earlier than 1983 because the Military issue Model 1200s start is the 400,000 range, and they were from contracts starting in 1968.  

Tom,

I agree.  Model 1200 serial number 137965 is definitely pre-1968, most likely late 1964 or early 1965.  As I mentioned earlier in this topic, the "L" prefix was added in late 1968 to be in compliance with the Gun Control Act (GCA) enacted in November of 1968.  Any Model 1200 found without an "L" prefix predate November 1968.

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October 8, 2018
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Mine is an "L" ending in 869

Can anyone approximate the year for me please

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Mine is an "L" ending in 869

Can anyone approximate the year for me please  

No, at least not without the complete serial number.

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January 13, 2019
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I have a 1200 Defender with the serial number L1822164. What year would that be?

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Per the reference I have, 1985.

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January 14, 2019
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Thank you

January 21, 2019
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Hello,  How about Winchester model 1200 12GA     L676021 ?  Thanks

January 21, 2019
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Robert,

Winchester added the "L" prefix to comply with the Gun Control Act (GCA) enacted in the latter part of the year 1968. I would estimate 1971 for your Model 1200.

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January 22, 2019
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L677133 model 1200 12 ga with a red w button in the pistol grib and has maid in the USA on barrel can ya tell me something about my gun 

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Shavess said
L677133 model 1200 12 ga with a red w button in the pistol grib and has maid in the USA on barrel can ya tell me something about my gun   

Early 1970s production gun... no other data is available.

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