SOLD FOR: $1995
Serial Number: 54825
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Gauge: Bore 410, 2 1/2” and 3” Shells
Action Type: Pump Action with 2/3 Length Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S. OF AMERICA / -WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-“, “WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-“, “MODEL 42 – 410 – 3 IN. CHAM.” and “FULL”. The top of the barrel at the rear and the top of the receiver at the front each have an ovalled “WP” proof, the barrel’s proof is accompanied by “P” in oval (indicates replacement barrel installed outside Winchester factory). The bottom of the receiver extension and receiver are both marked “54825”. The bottom of the magazine tube and the bottom of the receiver extension are marked with opposing arrow indexing marks.
Barrel Length: 28”, Solid Rib
Choke: Full, Fixed
Sights / Optics: There is a red bead in a base at the front of the rib and a smaller white mid-bead. The top of the receiver is serrated and the top of the rib have wavy serrations for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two piece checkered select walnut with extended slide handle, flat-bottom pistol grip, straight comb and an after-market checkered black synthetic buttplate. The stocks show light handling wear with some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. There is thinning finish at the rear edge of the buttstock and around the borders of the wrist checkering. There are a pair of very thin cracks in the right of the wrist at the front edge. The checkering is well defined. The LOP measures 14 1/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate, 13 1/2″ to the back of the wood. The plate has scattered light wear with well defined checkering. Overall, the stocks are in Very Good-Fine condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: The finish is Original to the parts, the barrel is not original to the gun.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 87% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at most edges, most notable on the edges of the receiver and barrel extension. The receiver’s flats have generally strong finish with more notable finish wear around the top, bottom, front and rear. Most of the balance is operational wear on the barrel from the slide handle, on the magazine tube, lifter and bolt. There are some scattered minor nicks, scuffs and scratches. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in Very Good condition as assembled.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and smoothly. 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: This is a post-war vintage Winchester Model 42 .410 bore pump action shotgun from 1946. 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 been equipped with a set of checkered select walnut stocks which have beautiful figuring. The gun has also had a 28″ Full choke barrel installed with a solid rib. The gun is in Very Good condition with honest use wear. The shotgun retains a nice bore and strong mechanics. This beautiful shotgun still has a lot of life left in it, and would be equally suited to the hunter or the clay shooter. Please see our photos and good luck!