I inherited this shotgun and do not know much about it. First, I am not sure where to locate the serial number. The left side of the barrel has
'NICKEL STEEL --- WINCHESTER --- MOD. 1912--16 GA. FULL' stamped or engraved in it. The right side of the barrel show patents dating from July 21, 1896 through July 12, 1910. The only other numbers I can find are at the bottom of the gun and loading tube. The number '5205' is on both pieces. Seems like an awfully low number for a SR...
Condition looks good, some minor marks on the stock and the metal's got some scratches, but no major rust.
I read that Winchester didn't make a 16 gauge until 1914 and quit calling it a model 1912 in 1917 so maybe it's from that time-frame. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.