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winchester 1200 dating
April 16, 2020
2:44 pm
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T Miller
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I just picked up a winchester model 1200 and serial # is 304164. Any ideas of production date?

April 16, 2020
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Production began in early 1964, and in late 1968, the "L" prefix was added to the serial number. We can most likely rule out the year 1964, and 1968. My guess would be 1966 as the DOM.

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May 5, 2020
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What about sn L556175? I am trying to figure out if it is C&R.

May 5, 2020
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Dan Z said
What about sn L556175? I am trying to figure out if it is C&R.  

That serial number falls into a gap in the published DOM records.  I suspect that it is right on the borderline between Modern and C&R status.  My recommendation would be to err on the safe side, and treat it as a Modern firearm.

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May 5, 2020
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Bert H. said

That serial number falls into a gap in the published DOM records.  I suspect that it is right on the borderline between Modern and C&R status.  My recommendation would be to err on the safe side, and treat it as a Modern firearm.

Bert  

Where is that gap? In other words, where do the serial numbers pick up after the L prefix begins and what is the date? It is C&R if it was made in 1970 or earlier. 

Also, this is a 1200 Riot with an 18" barrel that is marked "Riot" instead of with a choke and has rifle sights. Any idea of value in very good used condition?

May 5, 2020
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The gap begins with the addition of the "L" prefix in 1968.  All Model 1200 serial numbers without the "L" prefix are C&R eligible.  The DOM list that I have begins with serial number L739617 (listed as the approximate last serial number for the year 1972).  I have no idea what a Model 1200 Riot Gun is worth.

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May 5, 2020
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Dan, as Bert mentioned your shotgun is right on the borderline of a C&R gun.  The Military contract Model 1200s were made in the 1968 to 1970 time frame, and the last Military Model 1200s had the L serial number prefix and were in the low 570,000 serial number range.

July 1, 2020
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Good afternoon,
There is some great info on here 🙂
Can i please ask for an approx date for mine please.

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Thank you in advance 🙂

July 1, 2020
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Wim said
Good afternoon,
There is some great info on here 🙂
Can i please ask for an approx date for mine please.

L610635

Thank you in advance 🙂  

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July 1, 2020
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Bert H. said

1971  

Thank you sir!!! Much appreciated 🙂 

July 6, 2020
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Can I get a date for serial number L2125125? Thanks!

July 6, 2020
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S_T said
Can I get a date for serial number L2125125? Thanks!  

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July 9, 2020
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How about a model 1200, 20 gauge with serial #L590834

July 9, 2020
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How about a model 1200, 20 gauge with serial #L590834  

Most likely late 1970 to early 1971.

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