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 Post subject: How To Tell If a Model 12 Forearm Will Fit
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 3:43 pm 
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I am considering buying an older 16 gauge Model 12 that has a corn cob forearm that has missing chips at the end close to the receiver. I’ve seen a Model 12 corn cob style forearm for sale, but the Seller doesn’t know what gauges it fits. It is 7” long, measures 1.012" inside diameter and 5 5/16" long. It has 16 grooves.

Will it fit the 16 gauge? How can I determine this?

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 Post subject: Re: How To Tell If a Model 12 Forearm Will Fit
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 8:27 pm 
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I always went by the # of rings on the 3 gauges; I believe the 16 ga/20 ga "corn cob" forearm have 14 rings, the 12 gauge has 18 rings. I hope others can chime in to help you too.


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 Post subject: Re: How To Tell If a Model 12 Forearm Will Fit
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 10:18 pm 
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This one seems to have 16 rings.

Can anyone confirm this means it fits a 16 gauge?

This is important to me because it means whether I buy the gun.

Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: How To Tell If a Model 12 Forearm Will Fit
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 7:28 am 
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My 16 gauge forend has 14 grooves and 15 rings and measures about 5 5/8 inches of wood showing while it is mounted on the gun. I would think the ID is the most important measurement but I do not have a wrench to remove the forend to check it.


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 Post subject: Re: How To Tell If a Model 12 Forearm Will Fit
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 12:17 pm 
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I was told that the number of rings changed over the course of production ( at least for the 16 ga.). So I dont think the number of grooves would neccessarily indicate gauge.

My 1915 mfg. 16 ga model 12 has 14 grooves(15rings) and the wood measures 5,5/16" long. The magazine tube is exactly 3" circumfrerence, my public school geometry tells me that should be .955 approximately, so your 1.012 id. forearm would leave approx. .057" of clearance.

My 1952 20 ga. model12 has the flat bottom style of forearm with 11 grooves(11 rings and a solid area1,1/4" at the front). However it has the exact same measurements as my 16 ga. Forearm.

My 1958 12 gauge model 12 has the extended style forearm (14 grooves with solid areas of wood at both front and rear) and the wood looks to be 6,3/4" between the metsl bands. The magazine tube on it is 3,3/4" cirmumference (1.19" diameter). So that forearm would not likely fit a 12 gauge.

I hope this is helpful. I have a hard time posting pics but if you want to send me a pm. with your email or cell# I would be happy to send you pictures of these forearms.
If the price is right on the gun I would not let a chipped forearm be the deciding factor. My 16 ga. Model12 is my most cherished gun for a number of reasons, but is also the best handling gun I own. Bob.

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 Post subject: Re: How To Tell If a Model 12 Forearm Will Fit
PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 11:06 pm 
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Thank you very much for all of these replies. MT Mag: Thanks for taking the time for such a thorough explanation.

I stumbled upon another 16 gauge M 12 that is in better shape for slightly less money. It’s forearm has no missing chips, so I no longer need to buy a forearm.

I nevertheless greatly appreciate the willingness of y’all to help.




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