I live in one of the more rural areas of Oregon and recently received as a gift a Winchester Model 120 Ranger 12Ga. pump with a 28 inch smooth bore ribbed barrel incorporating the Winchoke system, including all 3 chokes; Full, IMP CYL, and Mod. The stock appears to be Walnut I think, the shotgun can fire 2 3/4" and 3" shells. The Serial number stamped on the left side of the gun is: L1580745.
The shotgun was apparently purchased by the original owner and never used before then being sold to a local gunshop where it sat in the back of the store for many years until my step father came along looking for a decent pump action for me as a B-day gift. My step father walked out of the old gun shop with the shotgun for under 200 dollars.
To be absolutely clear the Shotgun has never been fired. I have it now in the Original, though a tad worn out, box it came in as well as all the original instruction booklets and little pamphlets and registration cards. All these are unmarked and look almost new, heck the original shipping paper was still in the box too. And while one of the chokes was already in the gun the other two, along with the choke wrench, were still in the original winchester stamped vinyl storage bag.
The shotgun itself is in as close to pristine condition as a country hick like me could ask for. Not a single spot of rust or corrosion, the bore is perfectly clean, the action is as smooth as a baby's bottom, choke's are easily taken in and out, and the finish looks factory fresh.
The only detectable imperfection in the gun is a tiny ding the size of strawberry seed roughly 4 inches up the right side of the barrel.
My questions are simply how old is this Shotgun? What's its potential value to a collector? And what is some basic history about this model?
I am currently debating selling the shotgun to some one who could appreciate it more than I would. But I am also of a mind to keep it since it was a gift and is a magnificent firearm.