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Would you buy a Model 12 for Trap now?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Bruce Em, Apr 4, 2009.

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  1. Bruce Em

    Bruce Em Member

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    Irregardless of their history and relative cost, based just on shooting pleasure, if you had a choice of a Browning O/U, a Beretta o/u, Remingtom 870 TB, or a Model 12, what would you take and why?

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  2. jcw62

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    Never forget my first model 12 field grade with a vent rib, took it down to the local gun shop and had some trap wood put on it and been shooting one ever since, Still looking to buy another one to go with the one I have.

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  3. AAtrap

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    To answer your thread title,in a heartbeat. Steve
     
  4. StonewallRacing

    StonewallRacing Well-Known Member

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    Many moons ago the M12 was the mainstay..... Today I have the only one at the club.

    Kids and new shooters come up and look at it amongst the 20 or so BT's on the rack and the beautiful Fajen extra-fancy wood and are just amazed by it..... they have never seen anything like it.

    It makes SMOKEBALLS all the way to the lightpole. There are days I think I miss a few from 16 with that Win-FULL choke, but I can't seem to part with it and even try a modern trap-gun. I'd love to try an XT or a 682, but I just can't seem to put down that 55 year-old gun.

    SW
     
  5. oldgahchamp

    oldgahchamp Active Member

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    If I was just starting to shoot trap now, I would probably buy a mod. 12 assuming I had asked others about their reliability, performance and dollar for dollar value. I still have my first mod 12 which will have it's 36th birthday in a few months ($385. new). Larry Evans
     
  6. senior smoke

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    i have owned alot of trap guns. nothing feels and shoots as good as a model 12. if you can find one that fits you and shoots were you look, you will have a gun for life.
    steve balistreri
     
  7. Model Number 12

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    That's like asking me if the Pope is Catholic.
     
  8. phirel

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    The only reason I would not shoot a M-12 again is that I can't get a PFS for one. If I were to select another gun to shoot, the PFS would come first and then a gun to go on the stock would be second. Not everyone would agree with my selection criteria.

    Pat Ireland
     
  9. foghorn220

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    Ok the question is if you are not into shooting doubles then there is not a better gun than a model-12 of course there are a few quick shucking model-12 shooters out there that has no problem shooting doubles.

    I love my 2 that I have I couldn't afford a piegon grade so I went with the skunk grade version instead I can't tell any difference in the smoke balls of the targets.


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    The Skunk Grade version is probably more rare than the fancy Pigeon grade version im glad I have the very first one made.

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  10. zzt

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    A nice, old Model 12 is one of the few guns I would buy just to have. The others you mentioned don't interest me, unless the Beretta was an SO-5 I could afford.
     
  11. OLD ONE EYE

    OLD ONE EYE Well-Known Member

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    I have 3 model 12's a solid rib trap with a straight English stock also a 3 inch with a factory donut post rib and a set of Paul Graff rollover wood plus a 3 inch Super X gun converted to a trap gun many years ago with a duck bill rib this is my back fence game gun with that 3 inch chamber I use 2 3/4 high brass 6's from the porch. Made for Ducks but good for pass shooting clays at 60 yards.
     
  12. 3200 tony

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    Foggy

    Your "SKUNK GRADE" is probably the rarest of Model 12 and the most distinctive looking.

    Thanks

    Tony
     
  13. Ross

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    If I could not get a mod.31 rem. the mod. 12 win. would certainly be my 2nd choice, as they are a very close 2nd to the 31s in smoothness & reliability. I have lost track of the # of rounds thru my 31TC. Have had & shot many other peoples mod.12s excellent guns, just prefer 31s, they seem to fit me better. If you find a good one don't let it escape.
    Ross Puls
     
  14. Bruce Specht

    Bruce Specht Well-Known Member

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    I have several trap guns, the one that brings me the most pleasure to shoot is my Model 12
     
  15. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

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    Model 12's days are past. In it's time, a great gun. However, time has passed it by. The break open guns are the only way to go today.
     
  16. slickhead

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    Hell YES!!! Never will there ever be anything like them!!!!!!! If you can stand the recoil.
     
  17. W.P.T.

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    I am partial to Model 12's having owned a bunch of them over the years ... I never found a bad Model 12, just some that was better than the others ... I still have some and the one I shot to the back fence is going in the box with me when that day comes ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  18. 90Tshooter

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    Addressing the question on your post "would you buy a Model 12 for trap now". With the selection of excellent trap guns on the market today why would you look for a gun they haven't made in 45 years? I had a Model 12 in the early 80's and I never understood the hype about them. It shot were it was pointed just like everything else and kicked worse. If it's just trap your shooting look at the others you mentioned. Also look at some good single barrel trap guns. I'm sure some people here will come unglued over this.

    Joe
     
  19. Bridger

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    I enjoy shooting my Kolar but could be just as happy with one of my Model 12's. Recoil is not a big issue although the Kolar is certainly softer. I'm one of the few that still shoots one but it always seems to draw some attention when I show up with a Model 12.
     
  20. primer

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    Look and see how many Mod 12s you see on the line at big shoots. I love them but they are from a time past. Buy one to have and play with but go to a break open for serious shooting.
     
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