Winchester Model 42 410 Pump Serial Numbers
Sequential Model Numbers (Rifles) 1919-39. In 1919 Winchester abandoned numbering models by the year of introduction and assigned two-digit numbers, sequential beginning with 51 for rifles. Older guns still in production had their model numbers truncated, e.g. The Model 1912 shotgun became the Model 12. Collectors are urged to seek expert advice on these rare and expensive guns. Model 42 produced from 1933 to 1963. About 164,000 were sold. Factory service and repair for this model was discontinued in February of 1972. EXTRA BARRELS: Winchester offered extra interchangeable barrels for its Model 42s, at customer’s request beginning in 1934.
Winchester Model 42 410 Serial Numbers
SOLD FOR: $1,650
Model: Model 42
Serial Number: 5149
Year of Manufacture: 1933
Caliber: .410 up to 3” shells
Action Type: Slide Action (Pump) Tubular Magazine Take-Down Shotgun
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “WINCHESTER / PROOF STEEL”, “MODEL 42”, “WINCHESTER / TRADE MARK’, .410-3 IN.” and “FULL”. The right side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO / – NEW HAVEN, CONN. – PATENTS PENDING – “. The top of the barrel and the top of the receiver have matching proof marks. The bottom of the barrel assembly and the bottom of the receiver are both marked “5149”. The left top rear of the trigger guard is marked “66” with a line under it (right in front of the slide release). There are opposing arrows on the underside of the magazine and take–down tube.
Barrel Length: 26”
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a steel bead front sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The butt stock is smooth walnut with small compression marks from handling. The fore arm is grooved (18 grooves), and has even smaller compression marks from handling. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the rear of the black plastic Winchester Repeating Arms butt plate. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition for a gun 80 years old.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mirror bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 85% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows gray patina and there are some small spots of pinprick surface erosion, none very notable. The screw heads are good, but have obviously been turned. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not take down the shotgun, or fire it.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The Winchester Model 42 is a diminutive version of the venerable Model 12. It is a favorite of some skeet shooters. From the serial number, we believe that this one is from the first year of production, making it even more collectable. This shotgun is really in good shape for an 80 year old shotgun and would be great to have for next year’s dove season. Take advantage of this opportunity, bid early and often.