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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? 

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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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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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Model 1200 full choke L548693 very curious on year guns in awesome shape TIA

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Freddy,

Most likely 1969.

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Trying to find out year of Winchester 1200 serial # 265267.

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Trying to find out year of Winchester 1200 serial # 265267.  

My educated guess is 1966.

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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!  

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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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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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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

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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.

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

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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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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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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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Looking for a year model 1200 serial L551964. Based on some of the responses it’s around 1970. Can you please confirm? Thanks

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Hello Bert,

Thanks for sharing your knowledge on these guns.  
I just procured a Winchester Stainless Marine 12GA., with serial no. of L18954xx.

There is no indication whether this is a Model 1200 or 1300…

Would you know the approx. date of manuf and what model it would be, please?

Thank you Sir in advance!

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1969 or 1970.   The Military contract Model 1200 serial numbers run into the low to mid L57x,xxx serial number range, and those guns were delivered to the government in late 1969 and into 1970.

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