Dating winchester model 12 shotguns
In 1934 Du Pont acquired controlling interest of Remington Arms Co., Inc.In 1937, Remington reduced the roll-stamping on "The Sportsman" to one bird on each side and started putting the roll-stamping on Model 11 receivers as well.Combined 12-gauge "Model 11" and "The Sportsman" serial numbers reached 499,999 on August 1, 1943.Serial numbers were then jumped to 700,000 and continued. I’ve been looking for a copy of the Tipton Article, I found the back issues but as you stated, no longer available. I don't have much faith in the info on these old guns from Remington, as they are several corporate entities down the road from when these guns were made, and are far more interested in moving new product.
Also probably an inspector's mark or two in that area. The company name was changed to Remington Arms - Union Metallic Cartridge Co. Shortly after that Rem-UMC began calling that gun the Model No. In 1920 the company name changed again to Remington Arms Co., Inc.The last date of manufacture that I have for any of the many 1400 models is 1994.I don’t remember exactly when Winchester got bought out by FN, but it was around then. He won just about every American-style 12 gauge skeet championship possible with his 12 gauge Cutts compensated Winchester 1400.At the same time, the name "The Sportsman" or "Model 11" began being stamped on the bolt. 28, 1937, they stopped the separate serial number sequence in the 2xx,xxx range for the 16-gauge "The Sportsman"; on Aug.24, 1937, they stopped the separate serial number sequence in the 5xx,xxx range for the 12-gauges and finally on Feb.