SOLD FOR: $1751
Serial Number: 26634
Year of Manufacture: 1937
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 -“WINCHESTER / PROOF STEEL“-,“MODEL 42, -“WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-“-, “.410 – 3 IN.-” and “FULL” The right side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO.- / NEW HAVEN, CONN.- PATENTS PENDING”. The top of the barrel at the rear and top of the receiver at the front are each marked with the “WP” proof mark. The bottom of the magazine tube and the bottom of the receiver extension are marked with opposing arrow indexing marks. The receiver extension and bottom of the receiver are marked with the serial number.
Barrel Length: 28”, Solid Rib
Choke: Full, Fixed
Sights / Optics: There is a bead at the front of the rib. The top of the receiver is serrated and the top of the rib have wavy serrations for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two piece walnut with a pre-war style grooved slide handle and a post-war style flat-bottom pistol grip stock with straight comb and checkered black hard rubber Winchester buttplate. The stocks have some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches, most notable at the toe. There is thinning finish in the grip areas. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 7/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has scattered light wear with generally well defined checkering and lettering. Overall, the stocks are in Very Good condition as, at least partially, not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright. There is some stubborn fouling and there is a patch of light erosion a few inches behind the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 97% of its current metal finish. The action shows operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The barrel’s finish has a plum hue. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in Fine condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and smoothly. 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 pre-war vintage Winchester Model 42 .410 bore pump action shotgun from 1937. 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 a 28″ barrel choked Full with a solid rib. The gun is in Fine condition as refinished, showing little wear in its new finish with some light erosion in the bore. The shotgun retains strong mechanics and still has a lot of life left in it. It would be equally suited to the hunter or the clay shooter. Please see our photos and good luck!