SOLD FOR: $1550
Serial Number: 154148
Year of Manufacture: 1959
Gauge: .410, chambered for 3” Shells
Action Type: Pump Action Shotgun, Tubular Magazine, Takedown
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “—WINCHESTER—MODEL 42—410—3 IN. CHAM. / —TRADE MARK—MADE IN U.S.A.—WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL—” and “MOD”. The rear of the barrel and the front of the receiver are marked with “PW” in an oval. The bottom of the receiver extension and magazine tube slide are marked with arrows. The underside of the barrel assembly and the receiver are marked “154148”.
Barrel Length: 28”
Choke: Modified, Fixed
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a brass bead fixed to the front of the barrel. There is a notch in the top of the receiver just behind the serrated portion. Both of these features help to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stocks are two-piece wood with post-war flat-bottom flat-backed grooved slide handle, post-war pistol grip, fluted straight comb, and black Winchester checkered buttplate. There is a curved crack in the top of the grip that runs from the center and downward to the left side. The buttstock has scattered minor nicks and scuffs with a few more notable nicks on the left side. The forend has scattered minor dings. There are no chips. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some scattered light wear with two more notable dings along the edge and light scuff wear at the heel. Overall, the stock rate in Very Good-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright. There are some scattered patches of minor stubborn fouling in the bore.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 96% of its metal finish. The cross bolt safety has no finish on the top. The action has light operational wear. The receiver has minor thinning on a few edges, but especially at the ejection port. The barrel has intermittent patches of minor surface oxidation along with a few minor nicks. The screw heads are tool marked but the slots are usable. The markings are light and rounded. Overall, this shotgun rates in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This is a vintage post-war Winchester Model 42 .410 bore pump action shotgun manufactured in the seventh month of the first year of production, 1959 (the final year this particular model was offered). 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 a 26? modified choke barrel, smooth stocks with grooved slide handle and pistol grip. It is in Fine condition and retains about 96% of its original metal finish. Despite the crack in the grip, this is an overall great example of the post-war 42. Good luck and happy bidding!