I have a really old one with the weird little safety inside the trigger guard that they stopped making in 1927. Mine's a 2 3/4" 12ga. and it works every time. It has a fixed full choke barrel and shoots steel without any problem. In fact, other than a few target loads now and then, steel is the only thing I have shot through it. To be honest, I don't really use it that much any more, but I used to hunt with it fairly often, and I don't think it ever malfunctioned.