SOLD FOR: $3125
Serial Number: 41172
Year of Manufacture: 1940
Gauge: Bore 410, 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 is marked “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO.— / NEW HAVEN, CONN. – U.S.A PAT. NO. 1912403-1969255”. 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 “41172”. The bottom of the magazine tube and the bottom of the receiver extension are marked with opposing arrow indexing marks. The left rear of the trigger guard is marked “59”.
Barrel Length: 28″
Choke: Full, Fixed
Sights/Optics: There is a silver-colored bead at the front of the solid rib. The top of the receiver is serrated for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with an extended slide handle, flat-bottom pistol grip, straight comb, and checkered black hard rubber Winchester buttplate. The wood stocks have light scuffs, minor scratches, and nicks, more so on the buttstock than the forearm. There are no chips or cracks and the checkering is generally sharp. The LOP measures 13 3/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has scattered light wear in the smooth areas and sharp checkering. Overall, the stocks are in Very Good-Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion in the bore, but minor streaks of fouling can be seen near the muzzle. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 9.5/10.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 87% of its original metal finish. The mag tube and bracket show a mottled patina with light oxidation. The receiver flanks show faint freckled oxidation. There is light thinning on the leading edges. The lifter also shows light oxidation. The barrel has intermittent minor scuffs and nicks, some through the finish. 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-Plus 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, and Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This is a vintage Winchester Model 42 .410 bore pump action shotgun from 1940. 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″ Full choked barrel, checkered stocks with a pistol grip. It is in Very good-Plus condition with minor finish wear given its age. This shotgun would make a fantastic addition to any collection, especially if you want to challenge yourself on the Skeet fields. Please see our photos and good luck!