Winchester Model 42 .410 MOD 26” Vent Rib Pump Action Shotgun, 1947 C&R

SOLD FOR: $2525

LSB#: 230113CP004

Make: Winchester

Model: 42

Serial Number: 64134

Year of Manufacture: 1947  (Winchester Serial Lookup)

Gauge: 410, 3” Chamber

Action Type: Pump Action Shotgun fed by 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 to the left of the rib and rib extension, respectively. The bottom of the receiver extension and receiver are both marked “64134”. The bottom of the magazine tube and the bottom of the receiver extension are marked with opposing arrow indexing marks.

Barrel Length: 26”, Vent Rib

Choke: Modified, Fixed

Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with red plastic front fixed to the rub above the muzzle. The top of the receiver, rib and rib extension are serrated to help with glare reduction.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two piece walnut with a upgraded checkered forend, a post-war style checkered straight wrist, straight comb and checkered black hard rubber Winchester buttplate. The wood has some darkening at the top of the wrist. There is a thin crack on the underside of the wrist at the receiver. There are are no chips. The LOP measures 13 5/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has scattered light wear, mostly at the heel and toe, with well defined checkering that has some white paint in the crevices. Overall, the stocks are in Fine Plus condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Refinished

Bore Condition: The bore is bright with no erosion. In this writer’s opinion, this bore is a 9 or 10 out of 10.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is some light operational wear on the magazine tube, some finish thinning on the left edge of the vent rib and light handling marks scattered throughout. The pins are unmarred. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in Fine Plus condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. 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 post-war vintage Winchester Model 42 .410 bore pump action shotgun from 1947. 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 had the late variant “oval post” rib installed but no markings from the Simmons Gun Specialty Company whom were contracted to do the factory install on the Model 42 starting at the end of 1957. Once the vent rib was added and the barrel has been refinished, so it looks great for its age. The gun is in Fine condition with little sign of use since the new finish was applied. The shotgun retains a great bore and strong mechanics. This beautiful shotgun still has a lot of life left in it, and would be equally suited to the hunter or the clay shooter. Please see our photos and good luck in your bidding!   J. Ren

Winchester Model 42 .410 MOD 26” Vent Rib Pump Action Shotgun, 1947 C&R
Winchester Model 42 .410 MOD 26” Vent Rib Pump Action Shotgun, 1947 C&R