Anachronism - noun
1. A thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists, especially a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned.
They called it the “Perfect Repeater” when it first came out as the Model 1912 in that year. It went on to become the gold standard for pump action shotguns until it was discontinued in 1964. Winchester made over 2 million of them over that half-century span – everything from skeet guns to trench guns.
Family legend has it that it was purchased for my father by his beloved Aunt Ida, the sheep queen of Sweetwater County. If she bought it new, he would have been 12 at the time. She may have – she was always willing to spend money on my father, and he was more than willing to let her buy him a shotgun. I’d like to think she’d be happy to know that it’s still with us and still killing its share of birds every year, even with the operator error common to this particular operator.
I had the thing surgically removed a number of years back, and rather than having it re-choked, I left it as a cylinder bore. It’s once elegant 30” barrel is abbreviated now, but it swings like a dream and it shoots steel 4 shot or 2 shot perfectly for pheasants. I love shooting it because it feels literally like an extension of my body. It just feels right. And it simply never malfunctions. For 90 years now, through thousands of rounds and in thousands of places, it’s been smooth, accurate and dependable.
Practically all my friends shoot newer shotguns. Many of them shoot fancier shotguns. But nobody shoots a shotgun that means as much to them as this one means to me. Thanks, Dad.