Can You Name That Classic Shotgun?
Pheasants Forever member Robert R. Waring, Georgetown, Texas, sent this photo of his father Roy James Waring (1898-1988) after a 1921 hunt near Lake Thompson, South Dakota, his home state.
Roy’s fowling piece is a common one, but the story is unique. Robert tells me his father purchased the gun second-hand in 1920 for $50, two weeks wages back then!
“My dad was an excellent shot. I still have that shotgun and will someday pass it on to my grandsons,” Robert wrote.
In case you’re interested, the vehicle is a 1921 Ford Model T roadster. “In 1923, dad purchased a Dodge coupe with a heater and windup windows. He was tired of freezing to death in the T, which had neither.” Robert wrote.
Like his son today, Roy hunted into his 80s. “Dad taught me how to hunt and obey the safety rules. I still go to South Dakota to hunt pheasant every year.”
What an inspiring story. Pheasants Forever has the most dedicated members and hardcore hunters! I’ll post the answer Monday.
Answer: The gun, of course, is a Winchester Model 12, 12 gauge with 30-inch barrel….perfect for shooting the many ducks he has hanging from the Model T.
The Model 12 was, appropriately enough, first made in 1912. We’re all pretty familiar with this gun, so here’s some Model 12 war history you may not know: More than 80,000 Model 12 “trench” models were purchased during World War II by the United States Marine Corps, Army Air Forces and Navy, mostly for use in the Pacific war (1941-45) against the fanatical Japanese who were fond of mass suicide charges when things went bad for them – making the Model 12 a perfect defensive weapon in such instances.
It was also used against the North Koreans (June 1950) and Chinese, who invaded in October 1950, during the Korean War and against the North Vietnamese in the Vietnam War (American involvement was from 1950-1973). So many Model 12s were sold to the military, that few were available for civilian use, thus opening up the market for Ithaca to produce and sell a similar shotgun.
The Nomad is written by Mark Herwig, Editor of the Pheasants Forever Journal and Quail Forever Journal. Have a classic photo you’d like to share? Send your pre-1980 upland hunting related photo to Mark at MHerwig@pheasantsforever.org
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