The Winchester Model 21: An American Icon


The Winchester Model 21 was introduced in 1930, right after the stock market crash of October 1929, which began the Great Depression. So, it is obvious to say the timing of the launch of the shotgun presented a challenge in the consumer market.

However, it has been said that the Model 21 represents the pinnacle of American shotgun design; it was built of the finest steel ever used in a double gun. Unlike other double guns, whose frames were made from case hardened steel, the Model 21 frames were machined from a heat-treated cro-moly steel forging. Therefore, they have a blue finish instead of a color case finish.

Model 21 frames are approximately twice as strong as a similar case-hardened frame. The frame is also longer compared to other side by side shotguns, which contributes to the overall strength of the gun by increasing the leverage of the underbolt that holds the barrels to the action.

Although technically a production gun, each of these shotguns were custom-made in terms of configuration, workmanship, quality and attention to detail from the gunsmiths.

D4 Guns is happy to say that one of these beautiful and hi-quality shotguns is in our inventory.

This shotgun is sporting pristine 30-inch barrels and is choked as FULL and MOD. The lock up is tight, and the bores are mint. The underside of the receiver has some blue loss, but it is an exquisite gun all around.

  • Standard Grade
  • Serial Number: G2107B
  • Caliber: 12 Ga.
  • Barrel length: 28 inches
  • Right barrel modified, Left Barrel Full
  • Single Trigger, Selective ejector
  • Hard Rubber Butt-Plate
  • Pitch 2-5/8 in., Pull 14in., Drop at heel 2-5/8 in., Drop at comb 1-5/8 in.
  • Final inspection conducted 02/14/1949


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