The Western Field 12-Gauge Bolt Action Shotgun
A Classic Design - The Western Field Bolt Action Shotgun
The Western Field bolt action twelve gauge shotgun is a classic design for a gun, the looks and feel of these guns are both modern and nostalgic. Bolt action rifles and shotguns are still in production and demand, and they always will be. According to Wikipedia, the first bolt action rifle was produced in 1824, and so you can well see why the design is considered classic, and where the source of the nostalgia comes from.
You can practically imagine yourself as some sort of frontiersman, hunting for sustenance, and perhaps you are such a person. My personal thoughts are that hunting IS for sustenance, and that it elevates one's appreciation for the natural world. The Facts are these, bolt action rifles were the infantryman's most often used weapon just up until the military build up prior to World War Two.
Shotgun, NOT a rifle. No cheating possible
But we are talking about shotguns here, and not prewar military rifles. Bolt action shotguns aren't really the most common shotgun in the world, pump action shotguns ARE the most common shotguns. Everyone knows that with pump action shotguns, you can take the plug out of the thing, and load more than three shots. This is highly illegal to do when hunting, and it may even be illegal should you consider your pump action shotgun your home defense weapon, I'm not exactly sure about that. A game warden can and will come into your home, and do it even without a warrant if he so desires. That doesn't happen too often, but it CAN happen, and you probably don't want to have your pump action shotgun not have the plug in it if and when such a situation comes your way.
With these classic and rare bolt action shotguns, you get a two round clip, and one in the chamber. No cheating is available, unless you somehow or another make your own clips with larger capacity. I wouldn't be one to mess around with a homemade clip, and you shouldn't either.
As for sportsmanship, semi-auto shotguns are pretty much OUT. Hey, I'd love to own a semi auto shotgun, but I do not, and as for myself, I think I'd only take such a gun as a semi auto shotgun hog hunting. Hogs are considered a nuisance in Texas, and fine cuisine all at the same time. With a bolt action shotgun, you get three shots, just like with a legal pump action shotgun. Whether or not you can fire off three rounds faster with the pump or the bolt action is really a matter of conjecture-but I'm willing to bet that I can fire off three rounds faster with any pump action gun. So if you're into sportsmanship, and challenging yourself with your shooting and hunting skills, then the bolt action shotgun or rifle will certainly give you a bit more challenge.
A Nice Review of the Wester Field Bolt Action Shotgun
Searching the web for prices for these Western Field bolt action shotguns. . . .I found none new, which can only mean that this classic gun is no longer in production. It's a collector's piece. Mine isn't for sale, and never will be. My Dad thinks that he bought the gun before I was born, and he bought it used. You can find these wonderful and classic shotguns for sale on the web in all three major gauges, 410, 20, and 12. I've seen prices anywhere from $50.00, to much, much higher. If you are in the market for one of these great guns, Good Luck, and Happy Hunting!
Questions & Answers
where can I get a magazine for a Western Field M12 FR12?
In all honesty, the best answer I could give you would be a mom and pop gun store - those types of places have employees with connections and huge networks of buyers and sellers, and collectors of such things.
Gun shows are also great places to go to ask about things for antique guns.Helpful 1