The Model 1912 was the next step from the Winchester Model 1897 hammer-fired shotgun, which in turn had evolved from the earlier Winchester Model 1893 shotgun. The Model 12 was designed by Winchester engineer T.C. Johnson, and was based in part on the M1893/97 design by John M. Browning, in that it used a sliding forearm or "pump action" to cycle the mechanism. It was initially available in 20 gauge only (12 and 16 gauge guns were not sold until late 1913). With forged and machined steel parts, the ultimate reason for discontinuation in 1964 was that it was too expensive to produce at a competitive price. The United States military used various versions of the Model 12 in WW1, WW2, Korea, and in the early part of the Vietnam War, until inventory was exhausted after the Model 12's initial production ceased in 1964. More than 80,000 Model 12 shotguns were purchased during WW2 by the Marine Corps, Army Air Force, and Navy, mostly for use in the Pacific Theater.

  • Model 12 Trench Gun
  • 1943 Production
  • 12 Gauge
  • 2 3/4 Chamber
  • 24" Cylinder Barrel
  • Cutts Compensater
  • Original Receiver and Barrel

About Us


Elite Arms Company is a locally owned gun store located in Springfield, Missouri, specializing in the sale of firearms for protection, for sports, and for life. We carry a variety of rifles, handguns, ammunition, accessories, and reloading supplies. We carry bullets, brass, primers, powder, and reloading equipment.

We are your Southwest Missouri shooting supply source!


We also offer FFL transfers as well as gunsmithing services.


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Elite Arms Company, LLC

3205 S. Campbell Ave.

Springfield, MO 65807