SOLD FOR: $4,725.00
Model: 23 Golden Quail, 1 of 500
Serial Number: GQ410-472E
Year of Manufacture: 1987
Gauge: .410 Bore, 2 1/2” & 3″ shells
Action Type: Side by Side Top Break with Ejectors and Single Selective Trigger
Markings: The left side of the left barrel is marked “WINCHESTER Golden Quail – 410 BORE 2 1/2″ & 3″ / EAST ALTON IL. U.S.A.”, the right of the right barrel is marked “MADE IN JAPAN” and the top of the rib is marked “Golden Quail”. The left barrel flat is marked “F”, “WP” in circle and “3”, the right is marked “M”, “WP” in circle and “472”, the bottom of the right barrel is marked “WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL”. The top of the forend iron is marked “472”. The right of the water table is marked “WP” in cirlce, the top tang is marked with the serial number, the bottom of the receiver is marked “GOLDEN QUAIL”. The receiver is scroll engraved surrounding quail and hunting dog scenes on the sides with an embossed quail head in gold on the bottom.
Barrel Length: 25 1/2”
Choke: Left: Full, Right: Modfied, Both Fixed
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a white bead in a base at the front of the solid rib. The top of the rib is serrated in a wavy pattern to reduce glare.
Weight: 6 lb., 6.5 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered select walnut with a beavertail forend, straight grip, straight comb and textured orange rubber Winchester buttpad. The stocks have only a few scattered minor marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. Drop at comb is approximately 1 1/2″, drop at heel 2 1/2″. The cast is about neutral. The buttplate has light wear at the heel, in about Fine condition. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Coin
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. The gold-plated trigger has light handling wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly including the ejectors. The safety engages automatically on opening the action. The barrels lock up with no play to the receiver. The trigger is mechanical, not recoil operated. We have not fired this shotgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This shotgun comes in a brown leather and canvas hard-sided Winchester Golden Quail luggage case with brown felt and leather interior and keys for the case. The case shows very faint wear, in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: With so many classic designs, the Winchester collector has many options but few are as rare or beautiful as the Model 23 Golden Quail series. Produced in 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1987, five hundred Golden Quail series guns were made in 20 GA, 28 GA, 12 GA and .410, respectively. The .410 was made in the last year of production for the Model 23, considered by many to be Winchester’s last great shotgun. This example is in Excellent condition with signs of very light, responsible use and it comes with its Winchester Golden Quail luggage case in equally nice condition. Its beauty is matched by functionality, the engraved coin-finished receiver and beautiful walnut stocks paired with a mechanical single trigger and selective ejectors. This gun is truly a rare marriage of form and function. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This shotgun CAN be transferred in California.