Late night action
flicks, like Hollywood Director, Sam Peckinpah's The
introduced a mother lode of U.S. small arms, vintage the late 19th
century and early 20th
century. The Winchester Model 1912, like the Winchester Model 1897,
is another example of the film's historical gun accuracy.
In the movie,
Clarence 'Crazy' Lee (Bo
wields a Model 1912 during a bank heist.
In WWI trench warfare, U.S. soldiers carried the Win.
Model 1912, chambered in 12 gauge to great effect. Like the Model
1897, the Model 1912 has no trigger disconnector. Arms maker Thomas
Crosley Johnson used Browning's M1893 design to create a pump-gun
that discharged each time the action closed with the trigger
depressed. In no time at all, the gun's 6-round, tubular external
magazine, with one in the chamber, could be emptied. And if there
were any enemy combatants standing, the bayonet affixed to the gun's
perforated steel heat shield could be used to usher them into the
The Model 1912 is a hammerless slide-action (unlike the
M1897 external hammer) pump shotgun chambered in 12, 16, 20 and 28
gauge. An M1912, the Model 42, was later chambered in .410.
The M1912 distinguished itself in World War I, World
War II, the Korean War and Vietnam.
And despite its age, the Model 1912 is long-lived;
there are plenty in gun safes across America.
production in the mid-1960s, yet special production guns were
manufactured until 2006. In all, two million Perfect
as the Winchester M1912 was dubbed, were made.
The Model 12 has seen various military
applications - from clearing triple-canopy jungle in Vietnam and
close quarter, trench warfare in Korea - to U.S.A.F. air base
protection, U.S. naval, on-board riot gun application - to ugly,
hand-to-hand, trench warfare in World War II by U.S. Marines.
With its 20-inch barrel and 00 buckshot carrying
capacity, the Model 12 is a street- or trench- clearing gun of the
first degree. And after all these years, the Winchester M1912 is
still going strong.
Keep an eye peeled for one of these fine collectibles.
There are a few remaining out there.
It will make a great addition to your collection. And
it will keep you and your family safe.