SOLD FOR: $2525
Model: 101 Pigeon Grade Featherweight XTR
Serial Number: PK278160E
Year of Manufacture: 1974-1987
Gauge: 20 Gauge, 3” Shells
Action Type: Top-Break Over/Under Shotgun with Single Selective Trigger and Ejectors
Markings: The left side of the top barrel is marked “WINCHESTER PIGEON GRADE XTR “Featherweight” – 20 GA – 3″ / EAST ALTON, IL. U.S.A.”. Each barrel has a Winchester Proof on the left just forward of the chamber with the top barrel marked “M” and the bottom “IC”. The top of the rib is marked “WINCHESTER”. The right side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN JAPAN”. The bottom of the bottom barrel is marked “WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL”. The monoblock is marked “278160”. The barrel lug is marked “20-3” in oval. The top tang is marked “PK278160E”. The water table has a “WP” in oval proof. The forend hardware is marked “278160” and the inside wood is stamped “8160”. The rear of the forend iron is marked “8160”. The bottom of the receiver is marked “WINCHESTER” surrounded by scroll engraving. The receiver has scroll engraving and games scenes on the sides.
Barrel Length: 25 1/2” Vent-Rib
Choke: Top: Modified, Bottom: Improved Cylinder, Both Fixed
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a white bead in a base at the front of the rib and a smaller white mid-bead. The front sight bead has broken off. The top of the rib is checkered to reduce glare.
Weight: 6 Lb. 7.2 Oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with straight grip, straight comb, finger groove forend, and Winchester buttpad. There are some little compressions and faint draglines throughout, the most noticeable are on the left side of the buttstock up towards the comb. There are some scattered tiny dings along the belly. The checkering is generally sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad. The drop at the comb is about 1 1/2? and the drop at the heel is about 2?. The recoil pad is still somewhat supple with light wear on the face. The stocks rate in about Very Good-Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Silver
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion. In this writer’s opinion, the bores rate 10/10.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are just a few faint marks infrequently spread throughout the barrel set. There are a few tiny freckles on the lower tang. There is minor operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine-Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly including ejectors. It has a single selective mechanical trigger. 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: This rifle comes in its original serial matching box with a manual.
Our Assessment: The iconic Model 101 Pigeon Grade is a shotgun with legendary styling and handling and the unquestionable reliability you expect from Winchester firearms. The Pigeon Grade features detailed engraving and wood stocks with beautiful grain. This shotgun features white bead sights, jeweled ejectors and a single selective trigger. With 25.5? barrels choked Improved Cylinder and Modified, it should make for a great has handling hunting gun. This shotgun obviously hasn’t seen too much use in the field and been well cared for. Please see our photos and good luck!