Object Title

Centrefire double-barelled shotgun - Winchester Model 21 'Standard'

Centrefire double-barelled shotgun - Winchester Model 21 'Standard'

Date

made 1948

Object Number

XII.11890

Provenance

Bought at auction by the Royal Armouries from Holts Auction House. 17 September 2015

Physical Description

The 'Standard Model' with 28 inch barrels (reprooved in 2015), with raised matt rib, 2 1/2 in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 and 1/2 choke, hold-open toplever, automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, single-trigger with gold-washed selector button, plain stepped action retaining some original blued finish, 14 1/4in, figured pistolgrip stock (cracked and repaired at head) retaining orignal Winchester Repeating Arms Co. buttplate, fore-end with roller release catch.
Although plain in appearance, the Model 21 is both sturdy and reliable and is reported as shooting ‘very well’.

Techniques

Manufactured

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength28 in.
BarrelLength712 mm
OverallLength44.75 in.
OverallLength1136 mm
OverallWeight3.3 kg

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 20991

Calibre

12 bore

Inscriptions and Marks

makers mark
WINCHESTER 12 GAUGE/ 2 3/4 CHAM.
left side of right barrel
engraved

Associations

Notes

Production of the Model 21 started in 1929, being first offered for sale in 1931 catalogue.
They continued to be made until 1959 by which time approximately 32,500 had been made, primarily in 12 bore, of which this is an example. They are rarely seen outside the US and sales in the UK were few and far between as production was kept to the US. Production of the Model 21 was restarted in 1960 by the Winchester custom shop but the production, about 1,100 was limited to custom and high-end models. In the US the Model 21 it is quite highly prized.