SOLD FOR: $1125
Model: 42, Catalog Number G4201S
Serial Number: 105939
Year of Manufacture: 1951
Gauge: .410 Bore, 3” Shells
Action Type: Pump Action with Tubular Magazine
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 “FULL”. The top of the barrel is marked with the “WP” proof mark at the top-rear and this same mark is on the top-front of the receiver. The bottom of the receiver extension and receiver are both marked “105939”. The receiver extension and the magazine tube have indexing arrows.
Barrel Length: 26”
Choke: Full, 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 style grooved flat-bottom slide handle, pre-war style flat-bottom pistol grip, straight comb and checkered black hard rubber Winchester buttplate. The slide handle has a small loss on the top-right edge and a very small crack at the right-rear near the top with a few other scattered minor marks. The buttstock has a few scattered light nicks and scratches. The LOP measures 13 7/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some light wear with heavier wear at the heel. 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 85% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. There is handling wear on the barrel extension and magazine tube with some light finish wear on the top of the receiver. There are a couple of patches of erosion on the left of the barrel over the forend and another on the right-rear of the receiver. There are a few light nicks and scratches. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in Very Good condition.
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 vintage post-war Winchester Model 42 standard grade .410 bore pump-action shotgun from 1951. The Model 42 was the first pump shotgun specifically designed for the .410 chambering and resembles its larger cousin the Model 12. The gun is in Very Good condition, showing wear consistent with use in the field, but retaining a great bore and strong mechanics. The buttstock is a pre-war style, but it isn’t clear if it has been replaced or if it was a part that took a long time to be assembled on a gun, something which is not unheard of from the Winchester factory. It 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!