SOLD FOR: $1425
Model: 42, Catalog Number G4202S
Serial Number: 123315
Year of Manufacture: 1953
Gauge: Bore 410, 2 ¾” and 3” Shells
Action Type: Pump Action with 2/3 Length Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “-WINCHESTER- / -TRADE MARK-“, “-MODEL 42-410-3 IN. CHAM.- / MADE IN U.S.A.-WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-” and “MOD.”. The top of the barrel at the rear and the top of the receiver at the front each have an ovalled “WP” proof. The bottom of the receiver extension and receiver are both marked “123315”. The bottom of the magazine tube and the bottom of the receiver extension are marked with opposing arrow indexing marks. The left of the trigger guard has an inspector’s mark.
Barrel Length: 26”
Choke: Modified, Fixed
Sights / Optics: There is a silver-colored bead at the muzzle. The top of the receiver is serrated for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two piece walnut with a post-war slide handle with grooved sides, flat-bottom pistol grip, straight comb and checkered black hard rubber Winchester buttplate. The stocks have scattered nicks, scuffs and scratches, a couple of more notable dings in the belly, and thinning finish at the rear edge of the slide handle. There is a minor crack at the front of the wrist to the right of the receiver’s top tang. There are no chips. The LOP measures 13 7/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has scattered light wear with well defined checkering and lettering. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. The finish is lightly thinning at most edges. There are a few scattered light nicks and scuffs. The top-rear of the barrel has some scattered spots of minor surface oxidation. There are tool marks around some screw heads, most notably on the sideplate. The action shows operational wear including on the sides of the barrel from the slide handle. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Fine condition.
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 standard grade .410 bore pump action shotgun from 1953. The Model 42 was the first pump shotgun specifically designed for the .410 chambering and resembles its larger cousin the Model 12. It is in Fine condition with wear consistent with light use. The shotgun retains a great bore and strong mechanics. This shotgun would make a fine addition to any collection, especially if you have a new generation of shooters to train. Please see our photos and good luck!