A recent thread posed the question "How do you know your model 12, 28 ga is correct?". I've owned a model 12, 28 ga solid rib, stamped skeet for many years. What is the best way to confirm it is correct? Let us know, thank you, K & C
Upon reflection, I've never seen a faked solid rib gun. I'm sure they exist, but it is harder to execute that one. I've had fakes with perfectly marked Winchester barrels that included the 2 7/8" chamber stamping. There were original barrels that were used in some of these gun, but they were all vent ribbed--some with round post and donut hole base.
There are at least two guys out there with the original roll stamps and the ability to make model 12 and 42 solid ribs EXACTLY like the factory.One has the original Winchester polishing machinery. Neither had anything to do with Andy's. The roll stamps I have seen were all post war but the others are most likely out there also. Jeff
Thank you to each of you for your posts & skilled feedback. This is very helpful. I've owned this gun for over 30 years, it loves chuckars, quail & pheasants! I'll explore your ideas on correctness. Thanks again.