SOLD FOR: $1325
Serial Number: 76580
Year of Manufacture: 1914
Gauge: 10 Ga.
Action Type: Lever Action Shotgun
Markings: The barrel is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A.PAT. FEB.16, 86, JULY 20, 86. DEC. 14. 86. AUG. 31.97.”, “MODEL 1901 10 GA.”, and at the receiver on the left with “FULL”. The underside of the receiver is marked “76580” and the left side of the receiver has the “WRA Co” logo. The top tang of the receiver is marked “REG. IN U.S. PAT. OFF. / -WINCHESTER- / -TRADE MARK-“. The Winchester proof mark is on top of both the barrel and the frame.
Barrel Length: 32”
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with brass bead at the muzzle.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are smooth walnut with a pistol grip, checkered metal butt plate and a two piece forearm. The forend has some bruises on both sides, with marks and scratched through the finish. The finish is thinning throughout the forend. The buttstock has a few scratches and dings, discoloration where the wood meets the metal and natural age throughout. Neither pieces have been refinished. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13” from the front of the trigger to the rear of the butt plate. The plate has worn through the finish with dark patina now in place. The plate is in about Good condition. The stocks rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is lightly etched from erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 80% of its metal finish. Finish is thinning at all edges, magazine tube, barrel band, etc. The barrel has scattered light wear with several marks and one cleaned patch on the left side at the front of the forearm. The magazine tube has wear and thinning as well, moreso near the rear. The receiver has a few freckles but a lot of finish still left. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions properly. 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: The Winchester Model 1901 was an improved version of the Model 1887 made only in 10 gauge. In its day it was largely considered a “goose” gun and popular with some of the commercial hunters. Today it is more of a curiosity, only about 13,500 were manufactured before Winchester discontinued the lever action in favor of the slide or pump action repeating shotgun. It was designed to shoot 2 7/8” 10 gauge smokeless shells. As a Winchester, a lever action shotgun, and a model which was not produced in great numbers, this piece has a great deal of collector value, especially with so much of its original finish and its uncut stocks. Please see our photos and good luck!