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FAVORITE FIREARMS
NRA member photo

I

first heard about the Winchester
Model 12 from John Hewitt, who
wrote a regular column for Gray's
Sporting Journal until 2007, when
a stroke ended his writing career.
The Model 12 figured prominently in
John's articles based on his outdoor
experiences, and the first book of his
collected columns published in 2013
was titled, The Model 12 Winchester As
A Way Of Life. Out of curiosity, I would
check out Model 12s at gun shows
from time to time. I admired the
machined steel receiver and its internals, the tight fit between the receiver
and the barrel/magazine assembly, the
smooth-cycling action, and the overall
weight and feel of the firearm.
Earlier this year, my long-time fishing buddy mentioned that among the
firearms inherited from his grandfather
was a Model 12. Neither he nor his
father had ever shot it, and he was

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A Classic Model 12
uncertain of its condition. I asked him
to send me some photographs of the
gun, including any markings on it. I
was able to determine that it was a
standard model manufactured in 1936,
chambered in 16 gauge with a 2¾ "
chamber. Earlier models had shorter
chambers, and ammunition for these
guns is now scarce, but 2¾ " 16-ga.
light dove loads only command about a
25 percent premium over 12-ga. shells.
And besides, the gun in question being
a 16 gauge only made it more of a
classic to me. I made him an offer, and
received the Model 12 last summer.
I first tore down the gun, thoroughly
cleaned it, replaced and repaired a few

things, and after consulting a couple
of gunsmiths, took it out on the local
clays course. It's had nearly 500 shells
through it now, and it shoots just
fine-I'm grinning as I write that. Just
as satisfying as handling this classic
are the looks I get on the range. The
Model 12 is instantly recognized by the
old-timers like myself, and the younger
generation is curious about what makes
an 82-year-old shotgun so special.
Although I own several other, more
expensive shotguns, the Model 12
has quickly become my favorite. I'm
looking forward to using it on my next
upland game hunt.
-JAMES HEIMER, TEXAS

Nearly every shooter has a favorite firearm. If you would like to share the experience of owning yours with
other American Rifleman readers, or on americanrifleman.org, send a sharp color photograph of the gun,
accompanied by its story in fewer than 400 words, with your name, address and daytime telephone number
to: Favorite Firearms, American Rifleman, National Rifle Association, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 220309400, or email it to americanrifleman@nrahq.org. Photos and submissions cannot be returned and may be
edited for clarity and brevity.

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