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The Interceptor
December 23, 2005, 02:26 PM
My father has entrusted me with my grandfather's old Winchester Model 1912 and I'd like to determine it's year of manufacture.

It is a 12 gauge with a full choke barrel. The serial number is 7188X.

Any help will be much appreciated. Thanks.

Will

Steven Mace
December 23, 2005, 02:37 PM
Will, my information shows your grandfather's Winchester Model 12 was made in 1914. Hope this helps!

Steve Mace

The Interceptor
December 23, 2005, 02:44 PM
Steve,

Thanks for the reply. Can you tell me where you found this information. Is there some sort of table or other doccumentation available?

Will

Steven Mace
December 23, 2005, 03:04 PM
Yes, the Blue Book Of Gun Values, by S.P. Fjestad. It is currently in it's 26th edition.

Steve Mace

The Interceptor
December 24, 2005, 11:22 AM
Steve,

Thank again for the info.

I found an article from The American Rifleman that states that the Model 1912 was introduced in twenty gauge only. The article goes on to state that it was two years later, in 1914, when Winchester began to produce the 12 and 16 gauge versions. That means that my Grandpa's gun was produced the first year that the 12 gauge was available.I think that's pretty cool.

Will.

scgunsmith
January 6, 2006, 06:24 PM
www.oldguns.net :)