Winchester Model 101 30″ Full/IM 12 GA O/U Over Under Shotgun MFD 1971-1983
SOLD FOR: $1100
Serial Number: K176173
Year of Manufacture: 1971-1983
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 ¾” Shells
Action Type: Top-Break Over/Under Shotgun with Single Selective Trigger (mechanical) and Ejectors
Markings: The left side of the top barrel is marked “MODEL 101 – WINCHESTER – 12 GAUGE – 2 3/4″ / NEW HAVEN, CONN. – U.S.A.”, the right is marked “MADE IN JAPAN”. Under the forend, the left of the top barrel is marked “FULL”, the bottom “IMP. MOD.” and each with an ovalled “WP” proof. The bottom of the bottom barrel is marked “WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL”. The bottom of the monoblock is marked “176173” and the bottom of the left locking block is marked “12-2 3/4” in oval. The top of the forend iron is marked “176173”, found again stamped on the inside of the forend. The top tang is marked “K176173”. The receiver, trigger guard, exposed portions of the forend iron and the barrel shoulders have decorative scroll and flroal engraving.
Barrel Length: 30” With Ventilated Rib.
Choke: Full over Improved odified, both fixed.
Sights / Optics: There is a white bead in a base at the front of the rib and a smaller metal mid-bead. The top of the rib is finely checkered to reduce glare.
Weight: 8 lbs., 3.4 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with semi-beavertail forend, monte carlo comb, capped pistol grip and black rubber Kick-Eez buttpad. The stocks have some scattered minor nicks, scuffs and scratches. There is a more notable ding on the left of the forend toward the rear and a void in the finish of the grip on the front. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14 1/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad, 13 3/8″ to the back of the wood. The drop at the front of the comb is approximately 1 1/4″, 1 3/8″ at the rear of the comb, drop at heel 2 1/8″. The cast is about neutral. The pad has light wear at the heel and around the edges, but is still supple. Overall, the stocks are in Very Good-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 96% of its metal finish. The barrels have strong finish with the only notable wear being from the forend, concealed when assembled. The receiver has thinning finish at the bottom edges, continuing onto the forend. There is handling wear on the guard and controls. The action shows minor operational wear. There are a few other scattered minor marks. The screw heads are lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrels lock up to the receiver with no play. The safety does not engage automatically when the action is opened, but does function properly when engaged manually. 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. This example has a 30″ barrel example choked Full over Improved Modified. In Fine condition, this shotgun has wear consistent with light and responsible use, maybe even a trip or two in the field, but still has bright bores and strong mechanics. This will make for a fine hunting or sporting shotgun for the lucky winner. Please see our photos and good luck!