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Winchester Model 1200/1300
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Winchester Model 1200 Defender With Extended Tube Magazine
Type Pump-action shotgun
Place of origin United States
Service history
In service 1968–present
Used by See Users
Wars Vietnam War
Lebanese Civil War
Darfur Conflict
Production history
Designed 1964
Manufacturer Winchester
Produced 1965–2006
No. built 1,900,000[1]
Variants Model 1200 Defender
Mass 6.5 lb (2.9 kg)

Caliber 12-gauge, 16-gauge, 20-gauge
Action Pump-action
Feed system One-six shotshell tubular magazine
Sights Muzzle-mounted bead sight


The Model 1200 and Model 1300 are two pump-action shotguns that were manufactured by the Winchester-Western Division of Olin Corporation. It was produced in 12-, 16- and 20-gauge. The military version of the 1200 has the ability to have a bayonet fixed on the end of the barrel to be used in close quarters combat (CQC).[2]


The Winchester Model 1200 was introduced in 1964 as a low-cost replacement for the venerable Model 12.[3] A small number of these weapons were acquired by the United States Army in 1968 and 1969.[4] The military style Model 1200 was essentially the same weapon as the civilian version, except it had a ventilated handguard, sling swivels, and a bayonet lug.[4] The Model 1200 was succeeded by the Winchester Model 1300 in 1983 when U.S. Repeating Arms Company became the manufacturer of Winchester firearms.[2] Production of the Model 1300 ceased in 2006, when USRAC went bankrupt.[5] The model lives on in the Winchester SXP.


The Winchester Model 1200 came in barrel lengths of 30-inch, and 28-inch with a fixed choke or the Win-choke screw in choke tubes system and is a 12, 16, or 20-gauge, manually operated, slide action shotgun. The slide action, also known as a pump-action, means that the shotgun has a moving bolt system which is operated by a "wooden or composite slide called the fore-end".[6] The fore-end is located on the underside of the barrel and moves front to back. The weapon can hold a maximum of five rounds total with four in the tubular magazine and one in the chamber. The Model 1300 holds 6 2-3/4" shells in the magazine. It has a hammerless action which means that there is no external hammer spur. There is an internal hammer which strikes the firing pin which - in turn - strikes the primer on the shell to ignite the powder in the round.[7]

The Model 1200 was the second shotgun to utilize a rotary bolt with four locking lugs secured within the barrel extension. The AR 17 being the first to use a rotary bolt. The 1200 was Winchester's first shotgun to incorporate the company's patented Winchoke system, a quick change tube to allow the easy replacement of chokes.[2]


A bayonet could be attached to the front end of the barrel of the Military version of the Model 1200. The primary uses of the bayonet on the model 1200 are for close combat, guarding prisoners, and riot duty.[7] The most commonly used bayonet with the Model 1200 was the M1917 bayonet. After World War I ended, there was a large surplus of the M1917 bayonets because the Army decided to keep the M1903 Springfield as the standard issued rifle. The M1917 bayonet did not fit the Springfield rifles so instead of just getting rid of them, the Army decided to make newer shotguns compatible with the bayonets.[8] Model 1200 shotguns with bayonet lugs and ventilation ribs were still in U.S. Army inventories as late as the invasion of Iraq 2003. During the Iraq war the Model 1200 shotguns were phased out in favor of Mossberg 500 shotguns.