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1938 Model 42 Identification Help
March 2, 2015
8:52 pm
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Gents, could use some of your expertise until my copy of Ned Schwing's book arrives (and then I'll probably need more help).

If you can't tell from the pics, here's what little I know:
- serial numbers on barrel/receiver match and put it at 1938
- there is no TRAP or DELUXE marking under the serial number
- the solid rib looks to be factory (per offset barrel proof mark)
- the stock and forearm appear to be Trap Grade (authentic??)
- Full Choke with 3" chamber

Any additional insight would be greatly appreciated.

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March 3, 2015
2:04 am
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I can not say for sure, but it looks like it has been refinished to me.  As such, the entire gun is suspect.  This is a case where I would need to have the gun in hand to inspect it much more closely.


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March 3, 2015
2:40 am
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Without handling the gun I would say it started life as a standard field grade that someone dressed up with fancy wood.  In fact, I've seen that butt stock and fore end, or a set just like it, for sale on site in the last couple of years.  A rather common practice actually, there are a number of 42's out there with fancy wood.  With no "trap", "skeet" or "pigeon" grade markings on the bottom, it may have been at best a deluxe field grade, but that wood is well beyond what would have been on a deluxe field grade.

Just my humble opinion.


March 3, 2015
11:07 pm
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Thanks for the words Larry & Bert. Yes, I am also inclined to believe it left the factory as a Solid Rib standard grade and picked up some fancy furniture along the way. I'll curl up with Mr Schwing's book this weekend and post some follow-up questions.

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