SOLD FOR: $4,375.00
Serial Number: 60730
Year of Manufacture: 1947
Gauge: Bore 410, 3” Chamber
Action Type: Pump Action with 2/3 Length Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S. OF AMERICA / -WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-“, “WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-“, “MODEL 42 – 410 – 3 IN. CHAM.” and “FULL”. The top of the barrel at the rear and the top of the receiver at the front are marked with an ovalled “WP” proof to the left of the rib and rib extension, respectively. The bottom of the receiver at the front and the bottom of the barrel extension are marked with the serial number. The bottom of the barrel extension at the front and the bottom of the magazine tube at the barrel extension have indexing arrows. The bottom of the barrel extension also has an engraving of a pigeon. The left-rear of the trigger guard is marked “0”, the right is marked “L”. The sides of the receiver have pheasant hunting scenes with gold border and the animals in gold, with the pointer on the left flat cleverly plated in two-tone gold with spots in gold and the remainder in white gold. There are also scroll/floral motifs to each side of the rib extension at the front of the receiver, on each side of the barrel extension, on the bottom-front of the receiver to each side of the serial marking and on the trigger guard. The sideplate is signed “A. BEE” at the bottom-rear, the left flat is signed the same with a small bee above the signature.
Barrel Length: 28”, Vent-Rib
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a white bead in a base mounted to the front of the ventilated rib. The top of the rib and rib extension are finely serrated to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two piece checkered select walnut with extended slide handle, straight comb, capped pistol grip and checkered black hard rubber Winchester buttplate. There is a compression on the right of the buttstock in the middle. Otherwise, the stocks have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures 14 1/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. Overall, the stocks are in about Excellent condition as possibly not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished at the time of engraving, likely with re-struck proof marks.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There is discoloration on the top of the receiver at the edges of the rib extension. The vent-rib has light surface oxidation under the rib. The jeweled lifter and bolt, the action bar and the magazine tube show light operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Excellent condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and smoothly. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is a vintage post-war Winchester Model 42 .410 bore pump action shotgun with vent-rib barrel from 1947. The Model 42 was the first pump shotgun specifically designed for the .410 chambering and resembles its larger cousin the Model 12. This example has select walnut stocks with Deluxe Grade-style checkering and Pigeon Grade-style engraving by Angelo Bee. While the wood and engraving are certainly worthy of a Pigeon Grade, the gun was produced in the correct period for a 42 Pigeon Grade, and the refinish was quite well done, leaving the markings almost as-original, Angelo Bee was still working his way up to Master Engraver at Browning in 1947. This gun was made into a Pigeon Grade-style gun after leaving Winchester and after Angelo had honed his skills to become one of the finest engravers in America. This beautiful shotgun is sure to find a spot in a Winchester collection or the collection of an Angelo Bee fan.Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible shotgun CAN be transferred as a dealer sale in California.