SOLD FOR: $1210
Model: 42, Catalog Number G4205S
Serial Number: 72930
Year of Manufacture: 1948
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 “MOD.”. The top of the barrel at the rear and the top of the receiver at the front each have an ovalled “WP” proof. The bottom of the receiver extension and receiver are both marked “72930”. The bottom of the receiver extension id marked with an arrow indexing mark. There is an indexing arrow on the magazine tube, but it is not oriented properly (see Overall Condition, Mechanics).
Barrel Length: 28”
Choke: Modified, Fixed
Sights / Optics: There is a silver-colored bead at the muzzle. The top of the receiver is serrated for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two piece walnut with a post-war slide handle with grooved sides and flat bottom, flat-bottom pistol grip, straight comb and checkered black hard rubber Winchester buttplate. The slide handle has some scattered light nicks, scratches and general light handling wear. The buttstock has more notable wear with some areas of thinning finish, scrapes in the belly and a deep scratch on the comb toward the heel. There are a couple of minor losses at the toe. There are no cracks. The LOP measures 13 7/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has light wear, mostly at the heel and at the edges, with well defined checkering and lettering. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 75% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. The most notable finish wear is on the barrel toward the rear, on the magazine tube, and on the leading edges of the barrel, barrel extension and receiver. There is some other scattered more minor finish wear. There are some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. There are some voids in the finish on the receiver which appear to be from surface oxidation which was scrubbed out. There is some discoloration from oxidation in the forward portion of the magazine tube with infrequent other minor oxidation, most notable on the lifter. The magazine tube/cap appear to be improperly installed. The magazine’s indexing arrow is not oriented properly and the magazine cap screw is recessed inside the tube. The action shows operational wear. The screw are tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in Good-Very Good condition and will rate Very Good once the magazine tube has been correctly installed.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and smoothly, however the magazine tube/cap appear to be improperly installed. The magazine’s indexing arrow is not oriented properly and the magazine cap screw is recessed inside the tube. 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 vintage post-war Winchester Model 42 standard grade .410 bore pump action shotgun from 1948. The Model 42 was the first pump shotgun specifically designed for the .410 chambering and resembles its larger cousin the Model 12. It is in Good-Very Good condition with wear consistent with use in the field. The magazine tube and cap appear to be improperly installed, but that should be fairly easy to correct. The shotgun retains a great bore and strong mechanics. This shotgun would make a fine addition to any collection, especially if you have a new generation of shooters to train. Please see our photos and good luck!