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Lately I have seen several Win Model 12 guns for sale with "SKEET" stamped on the barrel where the choke designation usually is...In everything I have read and seen todate "SKEET" was only stamped on the receiver under the serial# (referring to the grade), and WS1 or WS2 was printed on the barrel to designate the choke...anyone got any ideas which is correct or both? Thanks, WC
 

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Barrel markings---
Pre 64 guns were marked WS1 or WS2----Y model guns (72 and later) were marked SKEET.
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Dolphin77.....My 1958 vintage 28 gauge skeet is marked skeet, as in choke.

For future reference, trap and skeet are NOT grades, it is a STYLE. The Model 42 and all the sub-gauge M12's could be supplied as a trap or skeet style. The only "grades" were standard and pigeon. At one time I owned a field style pigeon grade and it was the plainest pigeon I ever saw.


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Actually "Trap" and "Skeet" stamped on the receiver referred to grade...there were several grades...standard, trap, skeet, pigeon, tournement.....this was the case for many years..that is right out of the Madis and Riffle books. Guns designed for field, trap or skeet could be any of those grades. Target guns were "setup" for the sport, correct stocks, chokes, etc....I have found out that on skeet guns that WS1 and WS2 were stamped on the barrel as a choke marking for 12, 16, and 20 gauge and that SKEET was stamped on the 28ga and 410. Now...a new question...in about 1940 "MODEL-12-TRAP" was stamped on the receiver extension of some guns.....was this referring to grade or that the gun was designed for trap? Thanks, WC
 
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