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Model 42 First Year's Model
May 15, 2019
10:55 pm
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I stopped in a local gun store this afternoon and put a no obligation hold on this for 24 hours while I solicit your comments.  The minimum, they say, is $1K.  That's in line with The Red Book but not certain if its a "good deal" for me until I run it by the forum members for comment.  

Full Choke Standard Grade SN #3658.  Looks like an honest gun with dings and normal wear.  If there's anything I need to check in particular, please LMK.  Butt plate is intact w/ no chips. Action is tight and bore is bright and shiny. 

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Regards, Ron

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May 15, 2019
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Ron,

I'm not at home so I can't give you photo's of mine to look at. I would grade mine 10-15% higher than the one you posted pics of. (exact same configuration as the one you posted) I purchased mine directly from the original owner. He purchased it in 1956 when he was 18 years of age.  He hated to let it go but his vision was failing and he knew it was going to a good home.  I paid the same money for mine as they are asking for yours. I watched 42's for a couple of years before I purchased mine. On the auction sites, they usually sell a little north of 1K in the same condition yours is in. I don't think you would ever lose any money on it @ 1K, but there is no meat left on the bone so to speak. (IMO)  Hope you can find a useful comparison here...…..  They do shoot like a dream, busted my first 10 clay birds with out missing a shot and decided no sense ruining a good thing and stopped right there.Wink

 

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May 16, 2019
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Ron, personally I would spend a little more and find one in better condition. Pre war 42s command a premium however this gun has seen a lot of use. Almost any 42 will bring 800 to 1000 dollars. Ten years from now this gun will still bring the same amount. One in 90% plus condition will go up in value. I’ve been collecting 42s for 50 years and have around 25 in my collection. From pigeon, deluxe, skeet, and field grades the 42 is one of the neetest shotguns manufactured. I feel fortunate to own all grades.

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May 16, 2019
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Thank you both for your comment/ input/ advice....  I appreciate it!  I think I'll try to work out some sort of a negotiation that will get me into the $700-800 range.  It doesn't really fit into a collection of any sort- just appeals to me, it's local, and I can continue to use it for rabbit and squirrel around the farm... Thanks again. 

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May 16, 2019
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Ron

Im new to the forum, but definitely not new to collecting model 42's.  They are such a wonderful shotgun. I own many and the early guns are my favorite.  Pictures are always hard to tell the actual condition, but if its all original finishes with good old fashion "use" not "abuse" then 42's start at $1000 and go up. If the stock is not cracked or anything to major, your money is well spent. 4 digit serial numbers will bring a small premium.  In my opinion, the early guns where finished better with the sperm oil blueing. The machining was very crisp as well on the early ones.  Good luck and enjoy! 

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May 17, 2019
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Well, I was able to bring it home through some horse trading and my investment is $575 although the trade value of the guns and cash was close to $875.  I have a box of 3" and will probably do a bit of shooting followed by a detailed disassembly and cleaning.  This summer, as it gets hot, I'll try to pull some of the dark oil from the stock but I'm happy to have an honest 42.

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May 17, 2019
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Congrats! I think a good cleaning will improve the appearance of your 42 considerably but I agree it appears to be a good, solid and honest gun. Have fun at the range!

 

Mike

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