WINCHESTER Model 1200

TO ASSEMBLE TRIGGER GROUP TO RECEIVER
1. Be sure hammer is cocked in trigger group as
i I I ustrated.
2. Be sure that the slide arms are in the cut outs
on the bottom of the bolt assembly.
3. Assemble trigger group to the receiver by carefully
working the front end of the group into the slots
at the front end of receiver. Gently push rear end of
trigger group down into position. If the front end
of the trigger group is correctly positioned, this will
require little effort. DO NOT FORCE.
4. Insert trigger guard pin from right to left and
push in flush with side of receiver.
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TO REMOVE THREE-SHOT PLUG
Federal migratory bird regulations limit the capacity
of any auto-loading or repeating shotgun used for
migratory game bird shooting to three shells.
Your Model 1200 comes to you with a wooden plug
in the magazine tube. The plug permits only two
shells to be inserted in the magazine. Until the
wooden plug is removed, your Model 1200 has a
total capacity of three rounds, two in the magazine
and one in the chamber. To remove this three-shot
plug, follow these directions:
1. Be sure your gun is unloaded.
2. Be sure safety is “ON”.
3. Unscrew and remove magazine cap.
4. The magazine tube plug is under spring tension.
Insert a screwdriver into the hole in the magazine
tube plug and carefully pry upward, holding hand over
plug until it clears the magazine tube.
5. Allow magazine tube plug and spring to slowly
extend to spring’s full length. Remove wooden
three-shot plug.
6. Replace spring in magazine tube. Place magazine
tube plug on end of spring. Carefully compress spring
into magazine tube and tap downward on the
magazine tube plug until it is flush with the end
of the magazine tube.
7. Screw on magazine cap by hand until tight.
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IMPORTANT— Your Model 1200 is shipped with the
barrel removed from the rest of the gun. Clean the
inside of barrel and chamber to remove all grease,
oil, and other possible obstructions before assembling
or firing your Model 1200.
TO OPEN THE ACTION
1. Push the disconnector and at the same time slide
forearm back. This will cock the gun. (It is not
necessary to push disconnector to open action after
gun is fired.)
TO PUT SAFETY ON
Push safety button from left to right until red band
disappears. The safety is now in the “ON” position.
Gun must be cocked before safety can be placed
in the “ON” position.
TO ASSEMBLE
1. Be sure safety is in the “ON” position (red band
on the safety button will be hidden) and gun
is unloaded.
2. Unscrew and remove magazine cap. (Use
caution as the magazine spring is under tension
and might fly out.)
3. Remove paper packing sleeve from magazine tube.
4. With bolt forward (action closed), lay barrel
against forearm. Slide barrel into receiver making sure
magazine tube enters hole in magazine tube bracket.
5. Push barrel as far back as it will go. There should
be no space between the front of the receiver and
the back of the barrel.
6. Screw on magazine cap by hand until tight.
A-MAGAZINE
TUBE
BRACKET
MAGAZINE
B
TUBE
TO LOAD CHAMBER
1. Push safety button from left to right until red band
disappears. The safety is now in the "ON" position
and your gun may be safely loaded.
2. Open the action.
3. Drop shell into ejection port with the brass part
of the shell toward the butt stock.
4. Slide forearm fully forward to move the shell
into firing position.
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TO LOAD MAGAZINE
1. Be sure safety is “ON” and the bolt closed.
2. Turn gun until trigger guard is up.
3. Push down on front end of the carrier with shell
and slide the shell well into the magazine tube.
There will be a “click” as the cut off (the part
which holds the shell in the magazine tube) snaps
into position.
4. Repeat step 3 to load additional shell or shells.
Be sure the last shell is pushed all the way past the
cut off to insure proper gun functioning.
TO UNLOAD CHAMBER AND MAGAZINE
1. Be sure the safety is in the “ON” position (red
band on safety button will be hidden).
2. Push disconnector and slide forearm all the way
back. This will remove the shell from the chamber.
3. Slide forearm all the way forward. This will load
another shell into the chamber.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until gun is empty.
CAUTION: Be certain magazine follower is
visible to make sure no shells remain in the magazine.
With the bolt all the way back, check the
chamber to be sure it is empty.
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ALTERNATE WAY TO UNLOAD
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3.
Be sure safety is in the “ON” position (red band
safety button will be hidden).
Turn gun until trigger guard is up.
Push carrier as far down as it will go.
4. Push the cut-off (the part which holds the shell
in the magazine tube) to the right. A shell will
pop out of the magazine. Repeat to remove
additional shell or shells.
5. With safety still in the “ON” position, slide the
forearm all the way to the rear. This will remove
the shell from the chamber.
CAUTION: Be certain magazine follower is
visible to make sure no shells remain in the magazine.
With the bolt all the way back, check chamber
to be sure it is empty.
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TO FIRE
1. Be sure all grease and oil has been removed
from the barrel and chamber and that there is
no obstruction.
2. With safety “ON”, load your gun as previously
instructed.
3. Push safety button from right to left until red
band appears. The safety is now in the “OFF” position.
Your gun may now be fired by pulling the trigger.
4. One of the special features of the Model 1200
is its unique locking mechanism. It’s vault-tight
during firing, but once the pressure in the bore and
chamber is back to normal, a minimal effort opens
the action (in fact, the inertia of the slide handle
is sometimes enough to unlock and partially open
the action). This is why with your Model 1200 you get
smoother and faster “shucking” for repeat firing.
5. After firing. slide the forearm all the way back and
then fully forward. This operation should be one
continuous motion. Your Model 1200 may now be
fired again.
6. Repeat step 5 for each shot you wish to fire.
7. When you are finished firing, always push the
safety button to the “ON” position.
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TO TAKE DOWN
Be certain that gun is unloaded. Check both
chamber and magazine.
1. With action closed, push safety to “ON” position.
2. Unscrew and remove magazine cap.
3. Slide barrel forward until the magazine tube
bracket slides free of the magazine tube and the barrel
comes out of the receiver. Lift barrel out.
4. Screw on magazine cap by hand until tight.
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TO DISASSEMBLE TRIGGER GROUP FROM RECEIVER
1. Be sure gun is unloaded. Close action, push
safety to “ON” position, turn gun until trigger guard
is up and push out trigger guard pin from left.
2. Lift trigger group out of receiver by pulling on
trigger guard.
3. Do not pull trigger after disassembly.
CARE OF YOUR MODEL 1200
Your WINCHESTER Model 1200 slide action shotgun
is a fine shooting, well balanced, sporting firearm
built of the finest materials and to the strictest
precision manufacturing specifications with engine
turned bolt for added beauty. It has a total capacity
of five rounds, two in the magazine with plug and
four without, and one in the chamber. Proper care
will assure its long life and continuous smooth,
efficient and safe operation.
The bore of your Model 1200 should be wiped with
an oily patch and all exposed surfaces covered with a
thin film of gun oil. Be sparing in your use of oil,
for a little goes a long way and excess oiling will
cause an accumulation of dust and burnt powder that
may cause malfunctions. The barrel and action should
be cleaned after exposure to rain, snow, or salt spray.
When storing for long periods, apply gun grease to
the metal parts and keep in a dry place. Do not plug
the muzzle with any obstruction.
Before firing, be certain all grease and oil is wiped
from the inside of the barrel and chamber.
Should your WINCHESTER Model 1200 ever need
repairs, return it to your closest Winchester Warranty
Gunsmith or to the Winchester factory, where it will
receive the same careful attention as used in its
manufacture.
WM207
PRINTED IN U.S.A.
You Are Responsible For Firearms Safety.
As a gun owner, you accept a set of demanding responsibilities. How seriously you take these
responsibilities can mean the difference between life and death. Failure to follow any of these
instructions can cause extensive damage to your gun and/or possible serious injury or death to
yourself and others. There is no excuse for careless or abusive handling of any firearm. At all
times handle any firearm with intense respect for its power and potential danger. READ AND
UNDERSTAND all of THE CAUTIONS AND PROPER HANDLING PROCEDURES
OUTLINED IN THIS BOOKLET BEFORE USING YOUR NEW FIREARM.
1.
ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE OF ANY FIREARM POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION.
Do this even though you are certain the firearm is unloaded. Never point any firearm at
anything you do not intend to shoot. Be extremely alert and aware of all persons and property
within the range of your ammunition.
2.
NEVER RELY TOTALLY ON YOUR SHOTGUN'S MECHANICAL "SAFETY" DEVICE.
Always assume that your gun can be fired at any time, even with all the safety mechanism
engaged. The word "safety" describes a gun's trigger block mechanism, sear block mechanism,
hammer block mechanism or firing pin block mechanism. These mechanical devices are
designed to place your gun in a SAFER status. No guarantee can be made that the gun will not
fire even if the "safety" is in the "on safe" position. See "Operation of the Safety" in your
owner’s manual for instructions on operation of your gun's "safety."
3.
LIKE ANY MECHANICAL DEVICE, A "SAFETY" CAN SOMETIMES FAIL; IT CAN BE
JARRED OR INADVERTENTLY MANIPULATED INTO AN UNSAFE CONDITION.
Mechanical "safeties" merely aid safe gun handling and are no excuse for pointing your
shotgun's muzzle in an unsafe direction.
While it is a good idea to "test" your shotgun's mechanical "safeties" periodically for proper
function, never test them while your firearm is loaded or pointed in an unsafe direction. Safe
gun handling does not stop with your gun's mechanical "safety" devices -- it starts there.
Always treat this shotgun with the respect a loaded, ready-to-fire firearm. NEVER TEST THE
MECHANISM OF ANY FIREARM WHILE IT IS LOADED OR POINTED IN AN UNSAFE DIRECTION.
4.
WHENEVER YOU HANDLE A FIREARM, OR HAND IT TO SOMEONE MAKE SURE IT IS
COMPLETELY UNLOADED.
Always open the action immediately and visually check the chamber magazine. Make certain
the chamber does not inadvertently contain any ammunition. Always keep the chamber empty
and the "safety" in the "on safe" position unless shooting is imminent.
5.
DO NOT TRANSPORT ANY FIREARM LOADED. KEEP ALL FIREARMS UNLOADED
DURING TRANSPORT, WHETHER IN A SCABBARD, GUN CASE, OR OTHER CONTAINER.
6.
HUNTING FROM ELEVATED SURFACES SUCH AS TREE STANDS IS DANGEROUS.
Doing so may increase the risk of handling a firearm. The following rules should always be
observed by you and those you hunt with: Always make certain that the stand being used is
safe and stable. Always make certain that your firearm is unloaded when it is being taken up
and down from the stand. Always make certain that your firearm is not dropped from the stand,
or dropped while it is being taken up or down from the stand. Remember, a loaded firearm
may discharge when dropped, even with the safety in the "on safe" position.
7.
BEWARE OF BARREL OBSTRUCTION.
Do this for the safety of both your gun and yourself. Mud, snow, and an infinite variety of
other objects may inadvertently lodge in a barrel bore. It takes only one small obstruction to
cause dangerously increased pressures that can ruin (swell or rupture) the finest shotgun barrel.
BEFORE CHECKING FOR A BARREL OBSTRUCTION, BE CERTAIN YOUR FIREARM IS FULLY
UNLOADED.
Make sure no live rounds are in the chamber. Place the safety in the "on safe" position, open
the breech or action and look through the barrel to be sure it is clear of any obstruction. If an
obstruction is seen, no matter how small it may be, clean the bore with a cleaning rod and
patch as instructed for your particular firearm. Before the first firing, clean the bore with a
cleaning rod and patch, and wipe away any anti-rust compounds in the action/chamber areas.
8.
ALWAYS UNLOAD ALL FIREARMS WHEN NOT IN USE.
As a safety precaution, it is preferable to disassemble your gun for storage. Your
responsibilities do not end when your firearm is unattended. Store your gun and ammunition
separately -- well beyond the reach of children. Take all safeguards to ensure your firearm does
not become available to untrained, inexperienced or unwelcome hands.
9.
USE THE PROPER AMMUNITION.
The barrel and action of all Browning firearms have been made with substantial safety margins
over the pressures developed by established American commercial loads. Nevertheless,
Browning assumes no liability for incidents which occur through the use of cartridges of
nonstandard dimensions which develop pressures in excess of commercially available
ammunition with standards established by the Sporting Arms and Ammunitions Manufacturers'
Institute (SAAMI).
BE ALERT TO THE SIGNS OF AMMUNITION MALFUNCTION.
If you detect an off sound or light recoil when ammunition is fired, DO NOT LOAD MORE
AMMUNITION INTO THE CHAMBER. Open the action and remove all ammunition from the
chamber. With the action open, glance down the barrel to make sure that a wad or other
obstruction does not remain in the barrel. If there is an obstruction, completely clear the barrel
before loading and firing again. Failure to follow these instructions can cause extensive
damage to your gun and possible serious injury to yourself and others.
10.
MAKE SURE OF ADEQUATE VENTILATION IN THE AREA THAT YOU
DISCHARGE A FIREARM. WASH HANDS THOROUGHLY AFTER EXPOSURE TO AMMUNITION
OR CLEANING A FIREARM.
Lead exposure can be obtained from discharging firearms in poorly ventilated areas,
cleaning firearms or handling ammunition. Lead is
a substance that has been known to cause birth defects, reproductive harm and other serious
injury.
11.
NEVER INSERT A SHELL OF THE INCORRECT GAUGE IN ANY SHOTGUN. The gauge of
your shotgun is marked on the side of the barrel. Store all shells of different gauges in
completely separate and well-marked containers. Never store shells of mixed gauges in a
common container or in your pockets.
EXAMINE EVERY SHELL YOU PUT IN YOUR GUN. NEVER PUT A 20 GAUGE SHELL IN A
12 GAUGE GUN. The most common way to bulge or rupture a shotgun barrel is to drop a 20
gauge shell into a 12 gauge chamber. The 20 gauge shell, unfortunately, will not fall
completely through the barrel; its rim is caught by the front of a 12 gauge chamber. Your gun
will misfire (with the chamber appearing to be empty). It is then possible to load a 12 gauge
shell behind the 20 gauge shell. If the 12 gauge shell is then fired, the result will be a so-called
“12-20 burst” which can cause extensive damage to your gun and possible serious injury to
you and others.
12.
USE SHELLS OF CORRECT LENGTH.
The size of the chamber is inscribed, along with gauge and choke designations, on the side of
the barrel. Do not use 31/2" shotgun shells in a shotgun or barrel with a 2 3/4" chamber or 3"
chamber. Do not use 3" shells in a shotgun chambered for a 2 3/4" shells. Doing so can result
in a build-up of dangerously high pressures that may damage your gun and possibly cause
serious injury to yourself or others.
13.
DO NOT SNAP THE FIRING PIN ON AN EMPTY CHAMBER -- THE CHAMBER MAY NOT
BE EMPTY!
Treat every gun with the respect due a loaded gun, even though you are certain the gun is
unloaded.
14.
KEEP YOUR FINGERS AWAY FROM THE TRIGGER WHILE LOADING AND UNLOADING
UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.
15.
BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND BACKSTOP. Particularly during low light periods.
Know the range of your ammunition. Never shoot at water or hard objects.
16.
ALWAYS UNLOAD THE CHAMBER AND MAGAZINE OF ANY FIREARM BEFORE
CROSSING A FENCE, CLIMBING A TREE, JUMPING A DITCH OR NEGOTIATING OTHER
OBSTACLES.
Never lean or place your loaded shotgun on or against a fence, tree, car or other similar object.
17.
WEAR EYE AND EAR PROTECTION WHEN SHOOTING. Unprotected, repeated exposure
to gunfire can cause hearing damage. Wear ear protectors (shooting earplugs or muffs) to
guard against such damage. Wear shooting glasses to protect your eyes from flying particles.
Always keep a safe distance between the muzzle of your firearm and any persons nearby, as
muzzle blast, debris and ejecting shells could inflict serious injury. Also, wear eye protection
when disassembling and cleaning all firearms to prevent the possibility of springs, springtensioned parts, solvents or other agents from contacting your eyes.
18.
DROPPING A LOADED GUN CAN CAUSE AN ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE.
This can occur even with the "safety" in the "on safe" position. Be extremely careful while
hunting or during any shooting activity to avoid dropping any firearm.
19.
IF ANY FIREARM FAILS TO FIRE, KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION.
Hold this position for a minimum of 30 seconds. Carefully open the action and remove the
shell. If the primer is indented, the shell should be disposed of in a way that cannot cause harm.
If the primer is not indented, your firearm should be examined by a qualified gunsmith and the
cause of the malfunction should be corrected before further use.
20.
BE DEFENSIVE AND ON GUARD AGAINST UNSAFE GUN HANDLING AROUND YOU
AND OTHERS. Don’t be timid when it comes to gun safety. If you observe other shooters
violating any of these safety precautions, politely suggest safer handling practices.
21.
BE CERTAIN YOUR SHOTGUN IS UNLOADED BEFORE CLEANING.
Because so many accidents occur when a firearm is being cleaned, special and extreme care
should be taken to be sure your gun is unloaded before disassembly, cleaning and reassembly.
Keep ammunition away from the cleaning location. Never test the mechanical function of any
firearm with live ammunition.
22.
SUPERVISE AND TEACH FIREARMS SAFETY TO ALL MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY -ESPECIALLY TO CHILDREN AND NONSHOOTERS.
Closely supervise newcomers to the shooting sports. Encourage enrollment in hunting/shooting
safety courses.
23.
NEVER DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR TAKE ANY TYPE OF DRUGS BEFORE OR
DURING SHOOTING.
Your vision and judgment could be dangerously impaired, making your gun handling unsafe to
you and to others.
24.
PERFORM PERIODIC MAINTENANCE -- AVOID UNAUTHORIZED SERVICING.
Your firearm is a mechanical device which will not last forever, and as such, is subject to wear
and requires periodic inspection, adjustment and service. Browning firearms should be
serviced by a Browning Recommended Service Center or by Browning's service facility in
Arnold, Missouri. Browning cannot assume any responsibility for injuries suffered or caused
by unauthorized servicing, alterations or modifications of Browning firearms.
25.
READ AND HEED ALL WARNINGS in these instructions, on ammunition boxes and with
all accessories that you install on your firearm. It is your responsibility to secure the most upto-date information on the safe handling procedures of your Browning gun. Browning assumes
no liability for incidents which occur when unsafe or improper gun accessories or ammunition
combinations are used.
26.
Browning reserves the right to refuse service on firearms that have been altered, added
to or substantially changed. Removal of metal from barrel(s), or modification of the firing
mechanism and/or operating parts may lead to Browning’s refusal of service on such firearms.
Browning will charge the owner for parts and labor to return the firearm to original Browning
specifications.
DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, ALTER THE TRIGGER, SAFETY OR
OTHER PARTS OF THE FIRING MECHANISM OF THIS OR ANY OTHER
FIREARM. FAILURE TO OBEY THIS WARNING MAY RESULT IN INJURY OR
DEATH TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS.
BE CAREFUL!