The Winchester Model 1200 is a manually operated, repeating shotgun with a slide action (pump gun). It has five rounds capacity, one in the chamber and four in its tubular magazine. There is a slide safety forward of the trigger housing. The basic weight of the gun is 6.5 pounds but the addition of the sling and bayonet with its attachment band brings the weight to 8.5 pounds.
U.S. Army Winchester Model 1200 Shotgun, Vietnam.
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An unknown number of Winchester Model 1200 shotguns were procured by the Army in 1968-1969, with a ventilated handguard, sling attachment swivels, and the bayonet attachment as additions to the civilian Winchester 1200. Small numbers of Winchester shotguns of the 1100 and 1400 series were also procured. The shotguns carry a serial number, found on the bottom of the front end of the receiver.
Characteristics of the U.S. Army Winchester Model 1200 Shotgun
12 gauge (0.729 inch)
Manual slide (pump gun)
Tubular, 4 round capacity
Length of barrel
Length of stock & receiver
Length of assembled gun
Weight of assembled gun
Weight with all attachments
Weight of M1917 bayonet
1 lb. 2 oz.
Lengths and weights are approximate.
Army Technical Manual for the Winchester 1200 Shotgun
Department of the Army Technical Manual TM 9-1005-303-14 is the operation and maintenance manual for "Shotgun, 12-Gage, Winchester Model 1200, Riot Type, 20-inch Barrel, W/E (1005-921-5483)". It is dated July 1968. "Gage" is not the standard spelling but is used in the title of this manual.
Bayonet for the Winchester 1200 Shotgun
The Winchester 1200 shotgun has a bayonet stud and locking lug for the M-1917 bayonet. There is an illustration on the linked page of the M1917 bayonet with the Winchester 1200 shotgun.
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