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HERE are the most popular action types of shotguns from top to bottom: Remington 11-87 semi-auto, Stoeger over/under double, Fox side-by-side double and Winchester Model 12 pump action. The Model 12 is one of the best slide action shotguns ever made, and they are favorites of collectors.

The next shotgun I graduated to was the pump or, in technical terms, the slide action. If there was ever a shotgun that is purely all American, it’s the slide action. Pumps are strong, reliable and almost as fast as an auto when a follow up shot is needed. Actually the pumping of the action aids the shooter in coming down from the recoil if follow up shots are necessary. Today’s pumps are simply engineered, easy to care for, a cinch to tear down for a good cleaning, are not ammunition pressure dependent (like semi-autos), and are lighter than most other repeating shotguns in the same gauge. Because it is manually operated, just the operation of the action alone should remind us to put the safety on, if succeeding shots aren’t needed. The first slide action came out in 1882 when Spencer (inventor of the Spencer repeating rifle) brought out his Spencer repeating shotgun, and it lasted until around 1899. The first real successful pump, though, was a John Browning design — the Winchester Model 1897. It had a visible hammer, it was a takedown (broken down in two sections with the buttstock and receiver as one part, and the barrel, slide and magazine as another) and it was tough and reliable. About the only thing that many people didn’t care for was that during recoil the gun would move forward in your trigger hand and if you didn’t move it back before you pumped it that breech block would take skin right off the top of
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your thumb at the web of your hand (I have a scar that still reminds me). It lasted until 1957 with more than one million made, and now (for cowboy action shooters) there are copies from foreign manufactures being made. Another famous pump is the Winchester Model 12, which was the “shotgunner’s shotgun.” It has handsome clean lines, was solidly built, easy to take down (like the model 1897) and came in 12, 16, 20 and 28 gauge. The .410 was on a smaller frame and called the Model 42. The Model 12 was made from 1912-1963 in many field and competition grades with more than two million sold. Because it was labor intensive to make, the cost rose to the point that after 1963 only occasional short runs would happen every now and again up until the 1980s, with Browning producing the last run with their name on them. Those Winchesters in good shape hold a premium price, and the Browning models aren’t inexpensive either. The next renowned pump action is the Ithaca Model 37, which was brought out in 1937, as an improved copy of the earlier Remington Model 17 design. It is still in production and is famous for being the lightest all steel pump shotgun on the market. It has a bottom feed/eject feature that better keeps debris and rain water out of the action. All the ones I have owned/ operated were smooth as glass. It came in all gauges except the .410. Today the most famous pump shotgun
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011
Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Contents
Triple Trophy — Thrice
National Archery in the Schools Program
One More Squirrel Hunt with Dad
Harvey Roberts
Pennsylvania’s Hunter Access Program
State Game Lands 93
Right Violators, Wrong Deer
A Shot in the Pines
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist's Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 3
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Triple Trophy — Thrice
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - National Archery in the Schools Program
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - One More Squirrel Hunt with Dad
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Harvey Roberts
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Pennsylvania’s Hunter Access Program
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - State Game Lands 93
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Right Violators, Wrong Deer
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - A Shot in the Pines
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Off the Wire
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - The Naturalist's Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Fun Game
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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