SOLD FOR: $1775
Model: 101 XTR Lightweight
Serial Number: K530779E
Year of Manufacture: 1972-1987
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 3/4″ & 3” Shells
Action Type: Top-Break Over/Under Shotgun with Single Selective Trigger and Ejectors
Markings: The left side of the top barrel is marked “WINCHESTER MODEL 101 XTR “Lightweight” – 12 GA. – 3″ / WINCHOKE T.M. – EAST ALTON IL. U.S.A.”. Each barrel has a Winchester Proof on the left just forward of the monoblock, the left of the monoblock has a “W/C” marking at each chamber (WinChoke). The right side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN JAPAN”. The bottom of the bottom barrel is marked “WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL”. The monoblock is marked “530779?. The barrel lug is marked “12-3” in oval. The receiver has foliate scroll engraving surrounding game bird scenes on each side and the bottom with the motif continued on the lever, guard and exposed portions of the forend iron. The bottom of the receiver is marked “WINCHESTER” in oval surrounded by foliate scroll engraving. The top tang is marked “K530779E”. The water table has a “WP” in oval proof. The forend hardware is marked “530779” and the inside wood is stamped “0779”.
Barrel Length: 27” Vent-Rib, 28 3/4″ to Extended Chokes
Choke: The barrels have been installed with Pure Gold extended ported WinChokes, they are both Improved Cylinder.
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a brass bead in at the front of the rib and a smaller white mid-bead. The top of the rib is checkered to reduce glare.
Weight: 7 Lb. 13 Oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a pistol grip, straight comb, finger groove forend, and aftermarket buttpad. There are a few scattered little scuffs and light draglines. There is a ding into the wood on the rear edge of the bottom of the pistol grip. There are some scattered little compressions, most noticeable on the comb and belly. There are a few scuffs that have caused finish loss, most noticeable on the right side of the buttstock towards the rear. There are a few faint scratches, some of the most noticeable are on the belly. The checkering is strong. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad and 13 1/2″ to the wood. The drop at the comb is about 1 3/8? and the drop at heel is about 2 1/8?. The recoil pad is still fairly supple with no notable wear. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Silver
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. There are a few scattered draglines and light handling marks on the receiver. There are some little nicks and some finish loss on the edges of the trigger guard. There is finish loss on the edges of the lever. There are some scattered little nicks on the barrel set and scuffs that have lightly thinned the finish. There is some finish loss on the edges of the muzzles. There are a few areas of light surface oxidation on the barrels, most noticeable on the left of the lower barrel midway between the forend and muzzle. There are a few areas of lightly thinned finish that have taken on light discoloration, most noticeable on the chambers. There are a couple of heavy scrapes into the metal on the edges of the rib at the markings. There are a few marks on the rib. There is a little scrape on the right shoulder of the barrel set above the receiver. There are some scattered light handling marks. There is operational wear. The screw heads are sharp to lightly worn with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly including ejectors. It has a single selective mechanical trigger. 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 iconic Model 101 is a shotgun with legendary styling and handling and the unquestionable reliability you expect from Winchester firearms. Much like Browning with their Citori line, Winchester found a Japanese firm which was capable of manufacturing durable, high quality, and beautiful guns. The engraving pattern on the Kodensha made Model 101 is even somewhat similar to that of the Miroku made Citoris. This shotgun is a 101 Lightweight, coming in just under eight pounds. The gun features brass and white bead sights on its 27″ vent-rib barrels, coin finished receiver engraved with game birds, and a single selective trigger. The barrels are threaded for WinChokes with Pure Gold chokes installed, so it should be a very versatile hunting or sporting gun. This example is in Fine condition with signs of normal range use. If you’re looking for a 12 gauge for birds of the flesh or clay variety, you won’t do much better than this. Please see our photos and good luck!