SOLD FOR: $1475
Serial Number: 96961
Year of Manufacture: 1950
Gauge: .410, chambered for 3” Shells
Action Type: Pump Action Shotgun, Tubular Magazine, Takedown
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 “MOD”. The bottom-rear of the barrel is marked “50”. The bottom of the receiver extension and receiver are both marked “96961”. The bottom of the magazine tube and the bottom of the receiver extension are marked with opposing arrow indexing marks.
Barrel Length: 28”
Choke: Modified, Fixed
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a pink/orange bead in a base at the front of the installed Simmons ventilated rib. The top of the rib, its extension and the top of the receiver are serrated for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stocks are two-piece wood with post-war flat-bottom flat-backed grooved slide handle, pre-war style pistol grip, fluted straight comb, and checkered black hard rubber Winchester buttplate. It’s not clear if the buttstock is a replacement or if it was a parts clean-up installation, but we suspect it is a replacement. The stocks have some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. There are a few more notable marks in the bottom of the forend toward the rear. The right of the buttstock has a more notable ding, there are a couple of notable compressions on the left. The LOP measures 13 3/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has scattered wear with generally well defined checkering and lettering. Overall, the stocks rate in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright. There is infrequent minor erosion in the bore, mostly at the muzzle-end.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 90% of its current metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. The action shows operational wear including wear on the bottom of the barrel from disassembly/reassembly. The left of the receiver has a few spots of minor erosion. There are some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. There is infrequent minor erosion under the finish. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in Very Good condition as refinished.
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 1950. 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 had a Simmons rib installed on its 28″ barrel which is choked Modified. The gun shows wear consistent with use in the field and looks like it has decases of use left in it. Good luck and happy bidding!