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Their serial numbering convention was different from what is shown above.(GCA ‘68), long guns sold in the USA were not required under US law to have serial numbers on them.Ejected hulls kicked out of the side port to the right of the gun.Hand-fitted machined steel internal parts, black walnut stocks and cross bolt safety all helped give the firearm a leg up on the competition.Too confusing with the number 1, and 0 Sometime in 2011 the serial number prefix became MR.
But what if we told you there was a gun marketed for almost a century that was more advanced than the 97, better made than the 1200, and sold many times as much as the 21. In the late 1890s, John Browning had perfected a pump action shotgun for Winchester, the Model 1897 that proved to be one of the best scattergun designs in history.Selling it first as the Model 1912, after WWI they simply marketed it as the Model 12.While the Model 97 ‘hammer-gun’ was still in production as late as 1957, the hammerless M12 outsold it by more than 2:1.Herb Parsons, a well-known exhibition shooter, would often break seven clays thrown into the air with one of these shotguns, firing one round per clay.Herb was so fast a shot that he was even called to serve his country in World War 2 as a gunnery instructor, teaching young men the basics of shooting down aircraft with Winchester 12s among other guns.