View Full Version : My "new" Winchester Model 12

Jeff #111
November 14, 2008, 11:40 PM
Picked this up today for $300. Alot of the blue is gone but there is no corrosion, the bore is clean and shiney and the mechanics are good. It was used, but not abused.

According to a serial number search it was manufactured in 1955. It just screams 1950's doesn't it? I'm not big on sporting shotguns, but this one caught my fancy.

I've been wanting a Model 12 for awhile. Now I own one. Sorry about the pictures. It isn't a top of the line camera and I'm not much of a photographer.

The polychoke was manufactured by Herters. I would imagine that the vented rib is also an aftermarket accesory. It's my understanding that Winchester did not put on VR's at the factory. IS this correct?

November 15, 2008, 03:05 AM
Congratulations on your new acquisition!
It's my understanding, Winchester was an early client of Simmons (the inventor of the vent rib). Archive photos show racks of M-12s having vent ribs installed at Simmons. The Simmons is considered the Winchester factory original rib. You can still have Simmons install the same ribs on your M-12, or do a complete restoration.

Jeff #111
November 15, 2008, 08:42 AM
Nice into. thanks.