SOLD FOR: $2,176.00
Model: 42 Takedown
Serial Number: 38782
Year of Manufacture: 1939
Gauge: Bore 410, 2 ¾” and 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-“, “410-3IN. CHAM.-” and “FULL”. The bottom of the receiver extension and receiver are both marked “38782” with the bottom of the receiver also marked “W” or “M” at the front edge of the loading port. The bottom of the receiver extension is marked with an arrow indexing mark. The right of the barrel is marked “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO.- / NEW HAVEN, CONN.-U.S.A. PAT. NO. 1912403-1969255”. The left side of the rib is marked “SIMMONS GUN SPECIALTIES, INC. OLATHE, KANSAS”.
Barrel Length: 28”
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a white bead front sight in a base at the front of the ventilated rib. The top of thee rib, its extension and the receiver are serrated to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two piece checkered select walnut with extended slide handle, skeletonized capped pistol grip, straight comb and solid orange rubber Old English buttpad. The figuring on the wood is outstanding and the cehckering has smoothe fleur de lis accents projecting into it from the front and rear edges. The stocks have a few scattered light compressions and drag lines and the slide handle has a spot at the bottom-rear which appears to be pooled lacquer or adhesive. There are no chips or cracks. the checkering is unmarred. The LOP measures 14 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The pad has hardened slightly with age and has light wear and discoloration at the edges, mostly the heel and toe, in about Very Good condition. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 94% of its metal finish. The barrel has a few scattered light marks, light wear from disassembly and operation of the slide handle and a few spots of very light surface pitting under the finish at the rear. The magazine tube shows light wear from the same. The barrel extension also shows some light surface pitting under the finish at the bottom. The receiver has shows light pitting under the finish at the front on each side and around the trigger guard. The screw heads are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine condition as customized and refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and smoothly. We have not fired this shotgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is a vintage pre-war Winchester Model 42 which someone obviously loved dearly. It has been refinished and fitted with a Simmons ventilated barrel rib and gorgeous checkered walnut stocks. This looks like a gun that served faithfully in the field for decades and was then restored and upgraded. It is in about Fine condition with 94% of its finish remaining, some light operational wear, a good bore and the aforementioned stocks which are well worth taking the time to look at. This shotgun would be at home in any collection and should catch some eyes at the range. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible shotgun CAN be transferred as a dealer sale in California.