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Winchester Model 1911 S.L. 12 Ga. - Engraved by M. Amrusch, Austria
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June 1, 2019 - 3:54 pm
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I have been researching this shotgun and have been unable to find anything comparable.

Interested in the date of manufacture, the engravings/engraver, value, history, etc.

All info appreciated.   (s/n:  364**A – ? – the A is stamped over the number)   Thanks

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Hello David,

What you have is a completely reworked (non-factory original) Model 1911.  The serial number implies that it is a pre-1919 production gun.

The engraving and stock carving is aftermarket work, and the butt stock is an aftermarket replacement.  Winchester did not install Ventilated Ribs on the Model 1911 barrels, or engine (jewel) the bolts, or gold plate the triggers.

Somebody invested a lot of time, effort, and $$$ to essentially “put lipstick on a pig”.  The effort & money expended on that gun did not increase or help the value of the gun in the collector market. 

History has shown that the Model 1911 was/is one of Winchester’s few mistakes in the gun making industry, and it has been orphaned by collectors and shooters for nearly its entire lifetime.

Bert

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Thank you, Bert.  !

Interesting shotgun, and your information is helpful and well-written /funny:

   “Somebody invested a lot of time, effort, and $$$ to essentially “put lipstick on a pig”.  The effort & money expended on that gun did not increase or help the value of the gun in the collector market.”  … for collectors or shooters.  

“It is what it is”, unfortunately, in this case.  Thanks again!

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