Winchester Model 21 12 GA IM/FULL 30″ SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 1950 C&R

SOLD FOR: $5,050

LSB #: 231219PM007

Make: Winchester

Model: 21

Serial Number: 25763

Year of Manufacture: circa 1950

Caliber: 12 Gauge, 2 3/4” Chamber

Action Type: Double Barrel SxS Top Break Shotgun with SST & Ejectors

Markings: Standard Winchester markings

Barrel Length: 30”, Vent Rib

Choke: The left barrel is Improved Modified, Fixed. The right barrel is Full, Fixed.

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a rear-facing red bead fixed to the rib above the muzzles. There is a smaller white mid-bead fixed to the rib. The top of the rib is serrated to help reduce glare.

Weight: 8lbs 1.9oz

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut featuring a beavertail forend, a capped semi-pistol grip, a fluted straight comb and a Pachmayr Old English buttpad. There are only a few sparse nicks, scuffs and handling marks present. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks present. The LOP measures 13 3/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad and 13” to the wood. The drop at comb measures 1 3/8”, the drop at heel measures 1 3/4”. The buttpad has a tiny bit of crumbling from drying at the toe and heel. The wood-to-metal fit is tight. The stocks rate in about Fine Plus condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bores are mostly bright. There are some streaks of persistent fouling but no erosion in the bores. In this writer’s opinion, the bores rate a 9 or 10 out of 10.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 97% of its original metal finish. The balance of finish shows some light speckling in the finish on the receiver and rear of the barrels. There are a few spots of contact wear on the trigger guard and scattered light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are sharp. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine Plus condition.

Mechanics: The action does function correctly. The lockup has no play. The safety on the upper tang functions correctly.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This shotgun comes with a brown leather suitcase-style case.

Our Assessment: The Winchester Model 21 was their deluxe side-by-side shotgun, made to compete with the likes of Parker and A.H. Fox in the American shotgun market. The shotgun’s initial production run from 1930 through 1957 yielded approximately 16,000 guns. The standard grade came with select grade walnut stocks and Skeet, Trap, Tournament and Duck grades were also available.

This is a standard grade shotgun made late 1949 or early 1950 based on available sources. It has a manual safety, ejectors, single select trigger, and a checkered stock with a beavertail forend. Chambered for 12 gauge, it should make for a versatile field gun. That said, the Winchester Model 21 shotguns are very collectable, sought after for both their variety of configurations and their quality as a shooter. We expect the collectors and shooters to both take quite an interest in this gun. Please see our photos and good luck in your bidding!

-J. Ren