Pre War Winchester Model 42 3″ .410 Ga 26″ MOD Pump Action Shotgun 1938 C&R

SOLD FOR: $1405

LSB#: 210629JS05

Make: Winchester

Model: 42

Serial Number: 33688

Year of Manufacture: 1938

Gauge: .410 3”

Action Type: Pump Action Shotgun, Tubular Magazine, Takedown

Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “-WINCHESTER/PROOF STEEL-”, “MODEL 42”, -”WINCHESTER-/-TRADE MARK-”, “.410-3 IN”, “MOD”.  The left of the trigger guard at the back is marked “S”.  The right of the barrel is marked “MADE IN U.S A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO.—–/NEW HAVEN. CONN.—-U.S.A. PAT.NO. 1912403-1969255”.  The bottom of the receiver and receiver extension are marked with the serial number.  The bottom of the receiver extension and magazine tube slide are marked with arrows–the extension’s pointing towards the muzzle and the slide’s pointing towards the receiver.  The top of the barrel and receiver are both marked with a proof mark.

Barrel Length: 26″

Choke: Modified

Sights / Optics: There is a silver bead affixed to the top of the barrel near the muzzle.  The top of the receiver is serrated for glare reduction.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece wood with round-bottom grooved side handle, semi-pistol grip, straight comb, and black Winchester checkered butt plate.  There is a good deal of wear and tear upon the stocks. It looks like a worn old refinish. The pump and buttstock have many scuffs, nicks, scratches, and dings throughout. The butt plate has a number of scuffs and light discoloration, mostly around the edges. The LOP measures 13?” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate.  The stocks rate in about Good overall condition as previously restored.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 80% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows typical operational wear on the barrel, pump, and receiver.  The receiver is littered with scratches on both sides. There are light patches and pinprick spots of oxidation present.  There is some thinning around the muzzle and edges.  The screw heads are tooled yet still serviceable. The markings are sharp. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Very Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. 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 successor to the legendary Model 1912, the Model 42 is just as good as its ancestor.  Despite its age, this pre-war model functions reliably, and will find a home in any collection.

Pre War Winchester Model 42 3" .410 Ga 26" MOD Pump Action Shotgun 1938 C&R
Pre War Winchester Model 42 3″ .410 Ga 26″ MOD Pump Action Shotgun 1938 C&R