And if it's a skeet grade, they could come with two different woods. A straight-grip stock was offered on a special-order basis but is extremely rare. It's a cute little gun with skeet wood and choke, kinda useless for anything except skeet or maybe some bird hunting. Hello Dave, thanks for replying to my new post. Took it out in the bush same day and put 10 shells through it. At that time they would not stamp proof marks on these barrels and guns as they were not Winchester barrels and proof tested at the New Haven factory. Is the X maybe a poorly stamped 8? Spoke to the owner who brought it to last weekend's gun show and stuck it under the table until I could get there.Next
Features such as finish, barrel length, custom engraving or carving, and stock material may be significant. Model 42 - 410 gauge - non-vented. It would also help if there is still someone out there that might have some first hand knowledge of something like this happening at Winchester. It had just dawned on me that it was strange, too. John Olin became head of the new Winchester-Western company. I did have a gun loaded in the house! Adobe Reader is available free from Adobe. This gun is clearly marked with this serial Number: 163903.
Nice to see somebody else around here that likes these old shotguns. Your's appears to be the Standard Grade. That tells me another thing about this design - that not only is is high quality and smooth in the action. My personal collection has originals, customized including factory engraved and aftermarket engraved. Thanks Matt, I will keep trying.Next
I also found a Winchester Collectors site where I was able to submit the question but haven't gotten a response yet. Factory engraved Model 42s will occasionally be seen. There is no other detail beyond this that we can provide. Kind of like the postage stamps that got printed upside down and were put into circulation anyway. Ernie also sold these rib model 12's out of his shop and traveled to shoots to market his ribs too.Next
Mr Eubanks is still in business and is a good smith and a nice person. I copied and magnified the pictures, what I can tell you is you have a 1933 0r 34 Md 42 with a Modified choke, what I can't tell is if the barrel is 26 or 28 inches. The Simmons version did not have the offset proof mark. Any subversion of these rules will result in action taken against your account. I sent a message to the Winchester Collectors site so maybe they can help clear this up for me.Next
Now, I'm not trying to pull the wool over anybody's eyes. But Sgoose is correct for his post. The stamps are good enough that there is no doubt it is an X. Have 953X round bbl skeet gun and 952X field mod on the front end. I was always tempted to disable it and hang it over the fire-place. I'm sure you have a skeet grade with a skeet choke.Next
Maybe the boss decided not to destroy perfectly good guns with incorrect serial numbers and added the X to make them unique and still saleable and also so they wouldn't have to remember to leave the six digit number out when they finally reached that number in 1960? Now if you have a 42 with a Simmons rib marked Simmons then that's a model 42 purchased from Winchester and sold in house by Simmons with there Simmons rib. Photo courtesy Guns America About 164,800 Model 42s were manufactured over its 30-year run, and in many variations and grades. Only way it could have been better is if Clyde Barrow would have driven by in a Model A. I had a friend suggest that maybe the X indicated a modification or re-bluing. Winchester Chief Design Engineer William Roemer made some internal changes to allow the use of the diminutive.Next
Consider upgrading your membership for less than a box of bullets! So maybe their were exceptions? © Winchester Repeating Arms, 2012, 2015, R. The stocks were American walnut. Photo courtesy Guns America Like some of the other classic guns of the 20th century, the Model 42 was introduced during the Great Depression. Therefore a 16 or 20gs M12 feels lighter and wings better than a 12 gauge. There are too many other good guns to buy. Quote: Is it odd that the full serial number would be stamped on twice side by side? The steps necessary to assess a firearm are to first Clearly identify the manufacturer and model of the firearm along with serial number and significant features.
Remington Model 1100 Skeet auto - purchased used approx 1962 in beautiful condition. About 6,000 were marketed in the 1991-1993 time period as Browning Model 42s, and only 850 were marked Winchester. One more option for your online shopping. To the dreams of youth: Winchester. Yes you have a first year gun. These extra sets of barrels are a rare option. It was made in a number of grades and has started to gather some collector interest.Next