Apex Gunsmithing
23Apr/18

Disassembly Guide: Winchester Model 50 12 Gauge

The last of an era, the Winchester Model 50

The last of an era, the Winchester Model 50

The year is 1950, and Winchester Repeating Arms company looks on with envy while Remington, Browning and even Savage pump out their versions of the most popular semi-automatic shotgun of all time: the Auto-5.  Winchester has done well enough in the pump shotgun market with their John Browning derived designs: the Model 1912 (shortened to simply Model 12) had become the household name in slide actions which Remington and the rest chased after and the cowboy classic 1897 was just now reaching the twilight of its production.  The autoloader itch remains unscratched, however, after the schism between the company and Browning himself over four decades earlier.  While the other American gunmakers enjoyed licensed and even military contract production Auto-5s, Winchester stumbled about producing the famously terrible long recoil operated Model 1911 shotgun, not to be confused with the pistol, which limped along for ten or so years before being quietly shuffled under the rug in the early 20s.