SOLD FOR: $2075
Serial Number: 6869
Year of Manufacture: 1933
Gauge: .410, chambered for 3” Shells
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”, and “FULL”. The right of the barrel is marked “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / —NEW HAVEN. CONN. —PATENTS PENDING—”. The bottom of the receiver and receiver extension are marked with the serial number, “6869”. The bottom of the receiver extension and magazine tube slide are marked with arrows.
Barrel Length: 28”
Choke: Full, 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 round-bottom grooved slide handle, pre-war pistol grip, fluted straight comb, and black Winchester checkered buttplate. The comb has several light nicks and a few light dings. The fluting on the left side of the comb has four distinct light compressions. The right side of the buttstock has a few more notable drag lines that are darker in appearance. The slide handle has a few light nicks. There are no chips or cracks. 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 on the edge. 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 93% of its new metal finish. The cross bolt safety has no finish on the top. The action has light operational with a few portions of the magazine tube having gone to white. The receiver has scattered spots of minor surface erosion, a bit of which has gone through the finish. The ejection port has minor thinning on all edges. The screw heads are tooled yet still serviceable. The markings are light and rounded. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine 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, and Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is a vintage pre-war Winchester Model 42 .410 bore pump action shotgun manufactured in the seventh month of the first year of production, 1933. 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 28? full choke barrel, smooth stocks with grooved slide handle and pistol grip. It is in Fine condition and retains about 93% of its original metal finish. This example is truly lovely, and to be in such fine, original condition is a true get for the discerning collector. Do not hesitate to place a bid and secure your prize. Good luck and happy bidding!