SOLD FOR: $2525
Serial Number: 159391
Year of Manufacture: 1961
Gauge: .410, chambered for 3” Shells
Action Type: Pump Action Shotgun, Tubular Magazine, Takedown
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “-WINCHESTER- / -TRADE MARK-“, “MODEL 42 – 410 – 3 IN. CHAM.- / -MADE IN U.S.A. – WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-” and “SKEET”. The bottom-rear of the barrel is marked “50”. The top of the barrel is marked with the “WP” proof mark to the left of the rib and this same mark is on the top of the receiver. The bottom of the receiver extension and receiver are both marked “159391”.
Barrel Length: The barrel proper is approximately 22 1/4″, 25” to the front of the installed Cutts compensator, 27″ to the front of the choke.
Choke: A Cutts compensator has been installed on the barrel at the muzzle, threaded for Lyman chokes. The installed choke is a Spreader.
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a silver-colored bead fixed to the front of the compensator. The top of the Simmons ventilated rib, its extension on the receiver and the top of the receiver are serrated for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered select walnut with an extended forend, capped pistol grip and black rubber Kick-Eez buttpad. The stocks have a few scattered minor marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the pad, 14″ to the back of the wood,. The pad has shaping wear around the edges and is still supple. Overall, the stocks rate in Fine-Excellent condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 92% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at most edges. The action shows operational wear including wear on the bottom of the barrel from disassembly/reassembly. There is cold-blue on the barrel around the magazine bracket and there are a couple of touch-ups on the receiver. There are some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. There are a few other scattered minor marks and infrequent spots of minor oxidation, most notable on the left of the rib. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in Very Good-plus 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 1961. The Model 42 was the first pump shotgun specifically designed for the .410 chambering and resembles its larger cousin, the Model 12. This example started off as a Skeet choked model and has been customized with a Simmons ventilated rib and Cutts compensator. The front of the compensator is threaded for Lyman chokes, having a Spreader choke installed. The gun is in Very Good-plus condition as refinished, showing honest wear consistent with use, retaining a nice bore and strong mechanics. The stocks have been replaced with a nice set of select walnut, making for a very good looking gun for clays or the field. Good luck and happy bidding!