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Model 21 - 12 ga.
January 13, 2015
6:26 am
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A friend recently approached me to evaluate a Model 21 12 ga. He retrieved from his father's estate. He is not a gun collector, and would like to offer it for sale, but does not know its value. It has a 30" barrel, no engraving, no tooling for chokes, and is in fair condition with some rust blemishes on the left side and bottom. There are minor scratches on the wood surfaces. Stamped on the bottom of the barrel is "FULL MOD". The s/n is 31771. I have had my local FFL and gunsmith look at it and their assessment is that it is vanilla version, and worth less than $300. What are your thoughts on price?

January 13, 2015
9:03 pm
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Hello Eugene,

Your local FFL and gunsmith are in cahoots with each other to try and get it cheap.  I have never found or seen a Model 21 in poor enough condition for it to only be worth $300.  I am willing to bet that it is worth at least 3-4 times that amount.

Bert

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January 14, 2015
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you sure its not a 12ga model 24 that's beat to hell?......Confused

gunut.....

January 14, 2015
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My concerns are that there are a number of inconsistencies in the manufacture of this firearm prior to 1959, and my 2012 GD Firearms Guide eludes that all Model 21's manufactured after that date were made custom for various purposes. Hence,

- the buttplate is plastic,

- the trigger guard is bent steel band (not cast),

- the trigger has a brass rivet passing thru it (I presume as a stop),

- the forearm has a spring loaded knurled knob for its removal.

Admittedly I am a novice where firearms are concerned, but I find it difficult to believe that this shotgun is a collectible (or would like it not to be). I would like to confirm what its value might be. If it is of reasonable value, I will buy it for my own use for trap or skeet, else I will post it on GunBroker.

Gene

January 15, 2015
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Gene,

You need to post pictures of the gun.

Bert

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January 18, 2015
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I have purchased a 1 year membership, but have yet to seen "attachment" button so I can post photos.

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