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winchester 1200 dating
February 11, 2021
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Just picked up a Winchester 1200 and the barrel says “riot” on it. Not sure if it’s manufactured year.  Has a serial# of L559368.  Can you please tell me the date. Are these more rare or less produced? 

February 12, 2021
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Johnny,

The “L” prefix tells us that it was serialized sometime in late 1968 or later (to be in compliance with the GCA of 1968). I have no idea on the production number. The WACA focus is on Pre-1964 production Winchester firearms.

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February 12, 2021
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JohnnyL said
Just picked up a Winchester 1200 and the barrel says “riot” on it. Not sure if it’s manufactured year.  Has a serial# of L559368.  Can you please tell me the date. Are these more rare or less produced?   

The company we reluctantly call “Winchester” made quite a few riot guns and they are by no means rare. They are quite well made and since the price is generally reasonable I keep a few stashed in various places as “social equipment”. Every now and then I get a wild hair and shoot a round or two of skeet with one. 

 

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May 31, 2021
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Model 1200 full choke L548693 very curious on year guns in awesome shape TIA

June 4, 2021
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Freddy,

Most likely 1969.

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June 7, 2021
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Trying to find out year of Winchester 1200 serial # 265267.

June 7, 2021
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Trying to find out year of Winchester 1200 serial # 265267.  

My educated guess is 1966.

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July 3, 2021
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I’m trying to date my 1200, serial # 199176. Any educated guesses? There is no prefix or suffix lettering. -Thank you!  

July 3, 2021
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Also trying to date my 1400, serial # 166345. -Thank you! 

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I’m trying to date my 1200, serial # 199176. Any educated guesses? There is no prefix or suffix lettering. -Thank you!    

My guess would be 1965.

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July 3, 2021
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livonir said
Also trying to date my 1400, serial # 166345. -Thank you!   

I have no idea… have you asked permission from its parents?Wink

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July 10, 2021
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Hello all, it’s been a while since I was on this board. My neighbor gifted me a model 1200 with SN 485702. Based on what Bert has said about the L prefix can I assume this is probably one of the last ones made in 1968 without the L? 

Thanks, -Chris

July 10, 2021
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Hello all, it’s been a while since I was on this board. My neighbor gifted me a model 1200 with SN 485702. Based on what Bert has said about the L prefix can I assume this is probably one of the last ones made in 1968 without the L? 

Thanks, -Chris  

Yes.  The L prefix to the serial number began sometime around the last couple of months of 1968..  So your shotgun was made just prior to that time.

July 29, 2021
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I have a 1200 30″ barrel in excellent condition #295835–its pre 68, but can you narrow it down?

July 29, 2021
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John,

Production began in 1964 at S/N 100000. My guess would be late 1966 for you gun.

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September 6, 2021
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Hello, I can see Burt has a lot of information about this 1200 models, thank you Sir for taking the time to help us. I have a Winchester 1200 with a serial number L625168, is there a way to know the year ? Thanks !

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Henry said
Hello, I can see Burt has a lot of information about this 1200 models, thank you Sir for taking the time to help us. I have a Winchester 1200 with a serial number L625168, is there a way to know the year ? Thanks !  

I would estimate it to be late in the year 1970, possibly early 1971.

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