Sold For: $1,986.00
Make: Olin Kodensha, for Winchester
Model: 101 Diamond Grade Trap Combo
Serial Number: DG532483E
Year of Manufacture: 1980’s
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 ¾” Shells
Action Type: Over / Under, Top Break, Single Selective Trigger Shotgun with Ejectors.
Markings: The underside of the receiver is marked “DIAMOND GRADE” in diamond shapes, seen again on the flanks, the underside of the trigger plate is marked “WINCHESTER” in oval. The upper tang has the serial number, the inside of the receiver is marked “24” with a “PW” logo in oval. The receiver has beautiful scroll and rosette engraving. On the upper left of the over/under barrel set’s upper barrel is marked “WINCHESTER / Diamond Grade TRAP- 12 GA – 2 3/4 / EAST ALTON, IL. U.S.A.”, the right is marked “MADE IN JAPAN”, the right of both barrels have Winchester proofs, the underside of the lower barrel is marked “WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL”, the underside of the lug has the serial number and “12 3/4” in oval. The forend brackets have the serial number, the other barrel set’s markings reflect that of the over/under set, both are marked “Diamond Grade” on the ribs.
Barrel Length: 32″ (Double Set) & 34 1/4″ (Unsigle Set)
Choke: Included are the following WinChokes: 1x Extra Full (0.686″), 2x Modified (0.711), 1x Improved Modified (0.702″) and one Full (0.695″). The upper barrel of the double set is fix choked Full (0.692″).
Sights / Optics: The barrel sets have white bead front sights with smaller mid-rib beads. The single Underbarrel has a high rib, which is about 1.38″ off of the barrel measured at mid front bead.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The single barrel has two dark hardwood panels at the end of the faux-upper barrel, showing light scrapes. Both barrel sets have checkered forend with a beavertail profile and finger grooves at the upper flanks. The single barrel forend has oddly applied varnish, some areas have scraped off, there are some compression marks in the checkers and a few tiny wood losses followed by a thin crack at the rear of the bracket area. With this barrel installed, drop at comb is 1 3/8″, drop at heel is 2 1/8″ and the comb measures a 1 1/4″ drop before swooping down to the pad. The single barrel forend is in Very Good condition. The double barrel forend is free of notable flaws or damages outside of a few minor handling marks. With this set installed, drop at comb is 1 1/4″, drop at heel at the pad is 2 1/8″, the comb at the rear measures a drop of 1 1/8″ before swooping down to the pad, this forend is in Excellent condition. The butt stock has a black diamond insert on the wrist and grip butt, the grip has fine checkering, with a fluted Monte Carlo comb, the wood grain is beautiful in grain detail. The stock has several gouges, there are no cracks or major damages, this stock is in Fine condition. The LOP measures 14 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the factory recoil pad; the pad is set with a black spacer, showing light marks, in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue Barrels, Satin White Frame & Gold Plated Trigger
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: The barrel sets have small marks and rubbing from contact with the receiver and forends, these areas are mostly covered with the forends installed. The double barrel set shows only a few scuffs, in Excellent condition. The single barrel set is in the same condition with similar marks. The receiver and its components show a few small handling marks, the lower tang has spots of blackening patina, the trigger guard has some spots on the flanks, the trigger has indexing wear through some of the gold plating. The shotgun’s fit and finish is rock solid. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine Plus to Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The shotgun has an upper tang mounted safety / barrel selector. The shotgun has automatic ejectors and spectacular balance. The single barrel set weighs 4lbs 4oz, the double weighs 4lbs 10oz and the receiver set is 3lbs 14oz. 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: Included are five aforementioned WinChokes, showing light wear in Excellent condition. A wrench, owner’s manual, warranty card and two keys are also included. A factory Diamond Grade luggage case is also included, showing oil stains and rubbing on the inside, there are rub spots on the outside, though there are no major damages, the case is in Very Good to Fine condition.
Our Assessment: Any firearm designated in a ‘Diamond Grade’ category had better deliver and this 1980’s 101 from Olin Kodensha, for Winchester, certainly does; it was made in a short period before production began at Miroku, making it somewhat scarce in the run of firearm history. With two barrel sets, 5 chokes and a hard luggage case, you can step into competitive shooting without worrying about snickers from the shooters to your left and right, in fact, they may lose concentration. There is quite a bit of life left in this shotgun and even if it does not make it out to the range often, it will be the flagship of your sporting gun collection. Please see our pictures and good luck.