Winchester Model 1901 Like 1887 10 GA Full Lever Action Shotgun, 1919 C&R

SOLD FOR: $3000

LSB#: 210930TP91

Make: Winchester Repeating Arms Co.

Model: 1901

Serial Number: 75390

Year of Manufacture: 1919

Caliber: 10 Gauge, (2 7/8”)

Action Type: Lever Action Tubular Magazine Fed Shotgun

Markings: The top of 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 “75390” 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-“.

Barrel Length: 30”

Choke: Full, Fixed

Sights / Optics: The shotgun is mounted with a brass bead front sight. The top of the receiver’s chamber ring has a groove for a sighting plane.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are smooth walnut with a round-bottom pistol grip, checkered steel butt plate and a two piece forearm. The stocks have some scattered nicks, dings, scuffs and scratches. The most notable marks are on the left forend panel and the left rear of the buttstock. The fit between the buttstock and plate is excellent. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 12 7/8” from the front of the trigger to the rear of the butt plate. The plate has worn white with little nicks and scratches and a few spots of faint pitting. The stocks rate in about Very Good overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is some light erosion near the muzzle, there is also some scattered stubborn fouling which should come out with a patient cleaning.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 85% of its metal finish. The balance is mostly in handling wear on the bottom-front of the receiver and the bottom-rear of the magazine tube. The worn areas show discoloration from oxidation. The rest of the magazine tube shows faint surface oxidation. There are some other scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches, most notable on the chamber ring. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with usable slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in 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 Winchester Model 1901 was an improved version of the Model 1887 made only in 10 gauge. The action of the 1887 was not considered strong enough for smokeless powders, leading to the production of the 1901. Additionally, a  two piece finger lever with a trigger block to prevent accidental discharge was added. 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, and an uncommon one at that. Only about 13,500 were manufactured before Winchester discontinued the lever action in favor of the slide or pump action repeating shotguns. It was designed to shoot 2 7/8” 10 gauge smokeless shells. This example retains about 85% original finish. Its markings are clear and the mechanics are strong. Please see our photos and good luck!

Winchester Model 1901 Like 1887 10 GA Full Lever Action Shotgun, 1919 C&R
Winchester Model 1901 Like 1887 10 GA Full Lever Action Shotgun, 1919 C&R