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Discussion in 'Shooting - Reloading Forum' started by Out of focus, Jul 27, 2019.
The Remington 870 by far.
How many model 12's were made?
A-5 and model 12 they were used during the market hunting era A-5 are still whacking them today.
Very difficult if not impossible question to answer.
You guys are fixated on 12 gauge guns, during the market hunting days and basically up until WW1 the 10 gauge 2 7/8" was king of the hill for water fowling, WW1 and after was when 12 gauge guns started gaining in popularity.
It would be a close toss up between the A5 and the Model 12. The Remington 870 has only been around since the 1950's. There was a time when every serious waterfowler had one of two guns. We had both camps in my family. On my Dad's side, fierce loyalty to the Model 12 and on my Mom's side, the A5. Serious duck hunters had one of the two, either in 12 or 16 ga.
The A5 likely started killing ducks in 1902 when they first started being produced. They were produced/sold in large numbers, through 1999....to the tune of AT LEAST 2.7 million. If you want to throw in the licensed variants (Remington 11/Savage 720), it’s far more. They’re still killing ducks in 2019. No other shotgun has a run that long or history of use like that. None. Not the 870, not the M12, not the 1100, not any single SxS, or maybe even all SxS guns combined. There have been more 870s made, but they weren’t being used in the heyday like the A5.
Remington Model 11 and Model 10 pump. Winchester 87 and 97 and Model 25 and 12 L.C. Smith S/S and Greener S/S. All when the seasons were long and the limits were large.
And the Auto 5 was there before, during, and/or after all of those.....world wide.
Yes Sir, 95 years old and still shooting well, thanks Gramps for leaving me something very worthwhile to have.
10gagenut I love the straight stock on that A5.