Make: FN Belgium for Winchester
Model: 101 Select Extreme Elegance
Serial Number: 13AMV03936
Year of Manufacture: 2004-2006
Gauge: 12 Gauge 3” Chambers
Action Type: Over Under Dual locking Pin design with Ejectors
Markings: The receiver is grey game scene engraved. The upper tang under the thumb release is marked “13AMV03936”. The underside of the receiver is marked “WINCHESTER / ELEGANCE”. The underside of the barrel is marked “13AMV03936”. The left side of the barrel is marked “WINCHESTER SELECT ELEGANCE / 12 Gauge 3” Chamber – Invector Plus Choke”. The right side of the top barrel is marked “Made in FN – Belgium / Imported by USRAC, New Haven, CT”. Inside of the forend on the hardware and on the wood is handwritten “3936”
Barrel Length: 26”
Choke: Modified over Improved Cylinder currently installed. There is an extra Full choke in the case.
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a bead at the muzzle on a ventilated rib.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are grade III walnut with oval checkering pattern. This is a special pattern for the Extreme Elegance series that was introduced in 2004. There is little indication of use to the stocks. No notable scratches or flaws post factory. The fit to the receiver and metal parts could be a little better, in our opinion, but is still sharp and without play. The minor gaps easily go unnoticed with the beautiful engraving and unique checkering on the high grade wood. The LOP measures 14.5” from the front of the trigger to the back of the black rubber recoil pad. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Grey receiver, Blue Barrel
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows light wear from the operation. There are some scuffs and scratches on the face of the receiver from light casual use. There are a few very light marks tot eh top of the rib from shotgun racks at the range. The gun was used by a responsible sportsman, there is no sign of abuse. The screw heads are Sharp. The markings are Clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Excellent 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: The gun is housed in a Winchester factory Red Takedown hard case. The case has a few scuffs to the exterior from use and storage. There is some paperwork, choke wrench, and full choke included in the case.
Our Assessment: We scratched our heads for a second and had to look at the gun again, are we dreaming? A Winchester made in Belgium? Now that is something you don’t see everyday. Great manufacturing with a trusted name. Message boards hail this gun for thousands of rounds down the pipe without failure or malfunctions. Some shooters say it is the only gun they have gone straight with. The 3” chambers give more flexibility for sporting clays to the field.