Designed by T.C. Johnson, The Model 12 Slide Action Shotgun is the first as well as most popular hammerless slide-action shotgun made by Winchester.
The model was available in 12, 16, 20 and 28 gauge; and in the following grades: Field, Fancy, Skeet, Trap, Pigeon, Tournament, Featherweight, Heavy Duck Gun, Riot Gun and Trench Gun.
The Heavy Duck Gun was introduced in 1935 and was chambered for the 3” magnum 12 gauge only. All model 12s of this era had Nickel Steel barrels, except the ones with Stainless Steel barrels. 30” and 32” barrels were offered until around 1948 when the 32” barrels were discontinued. These 3” magnums were also offered as Trap guns and Pigeon Grade guns. Special features may include barrels with solid rib, or ventilated rib. Special features include fancy stocks, checkering, carving, and engraving.
With about 2 million Model 12s produced in both standard and deluxe grades between 1912 and 1980, the Model 12 had milestone serial numbers set aside for presentation to notable individuals.
There is only factory Serial Number Application Data available for this model from the Cody Firearms Museum in Cody, Wyoming, from serial number 1 thru 1970885.