The Model 12—originally the Model 1912—Winchester pump was introduced in, of course, 1912, and not long after, it went to war.** The Model 12, along with the Winchester Model 1897, were so hated and feared by the Germans that they protested that it violated the Hague Convention and threatened to execute any American captured with a trench gun or ammo on his person, although there is no record that they ever did. Both the Model 12 and the 97 could be fired very quickly by holding down the trigger and working the slide, as the gun lacked the trigger disconnect of modern pumps. The Model 12 held seven shells total, and the feature made it a deadly rapid-fire gun at close quarters. It also helped exhibition shooter Herb Parsons break seven hand-thrown targets with a Model 12, which was his signature trick shot.