Went to a gun show last weekend. I haven’t been to one for years. Mostly what I remember, junk at high prices.
But I went with a mission, I bought a couple of items I didn’t want any more, and lucky for me, I managed to trade one off. Dollar wise I probably did poorly, but I am happier with what I have now.
This is a High Standard Model K-1200, the Riot 20-8. It is a 12 gauge chambered for 2 3/4 inch shells.
It is pre-1968, so it has no serial number, or factory markings on the receiver at all. The barrel is nicely labeled.
I’m told the previous owner was in the NYPD, and this was one of his guns. I doubt it was a working gun as while it has clearly been racked a few times, it has almost no wear or marks other than that.
Other than the guy scratching his initials WP behind the trigger guard. But other than that, there would be no real way to tell this one apart from another of the same model.
It has absolutely gorgeous machining and nice finish. I’m not a shotgun guy, so when I’ve read so many people talk about how much nicer the old shotguns were I always took it with a grain of salt. When they were right. The action on this is so smooth compared to my Mossberg. I can point this muzzle up, brush up against the action release and it will smoothly slide open under its own weight. The trigger pull smooth, unlike the clunky rough pull of the Mossberg.
I don’t imagine I will shoot it much, and with the lack of a rubber butt pad I think hot loads wouldn’t be very fun. In any event, I love the look and feel of these old riot guns. This might be a keeper.