Approximately 80,000 Model 12 trench guns were manufactured between 1941 and 1944, and later production featured a Parkerized metal finish. Careful inspection will reveal four rows of holes in the handguard for barrel heat venting, changed from six during 1917.
The gunmaking legend is back at it at the Ilion, N.Y., factory, employing many of the same craftsmen, supervisors and management personnel. The company is concentrating initial efforts on manufacturing Model 870s, but plans including bringing back Model 1100s.
From about 1880 ’till the beginning of World War I, so-called “contract guns” were sold as house brands by scores of hardware and sporting-goods dealers under the names of gun companies that never existed except on paper—an external hammer shotgun can be a thing of beauty or a disaster waiting to happen.