View Full Version : Winchester 1200 Malfunction

March 7, 2009, 12:48 AM
I recently bought a used Win. 1200 and took it out for the first time today. It shot fine but after pulling the trigger the forearm would slide back on its own and get locked in the rear position. I would then have to push the action release button again to put it back into the front position thus ejecting out both the used shell and the new shell.
In short it was a real pain in the ass. So is this a Winchester thing or did I get sold a defective shotgun?
Any of you guys know what this could be? Really put a damper on my shooting day. On the bright side, my brand new Glock23 shot like a true champion.


March 7, 2009, 04:52 AM
Assuming you shoot right handed where was your left hand when this was happening?Sounds like the gun is operating like it is supposed to,try holding on to the forearm with a firmer grip,that is odd about having to use the release to get it forward,it's function is to release the bolt when it is in battery without pulling the trigger.

March 7, 2009, 07:33 AM
seems like they all do it except locking back if one doesnt hold on to the slide with a firm grip. have talked to several people that have the same problem. i personally dont like it but dont have a remedy.:confused:

March 7, 2009, 10:00 AM
I've got a Police Stainless built from the 1200 and have never had that happen in hundreds of rounds. The action is designed to release after a shot and it almost feels like it wants to cycle itself..... but mine never locks open.

Something is not right.

March 7, 2009, 11:47 AM
Thanks dudes, I'm gonna try and go out again and see if it was just my technique. Maybe I was limpwristing the forearm a little too much. I'll try a firmer grip and see how it goes.