I can’t figure out what I am doing wrong! I just paid the big money for a Winchester Model 21 from Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company. The day it arrived it was absolutely beautiful! I took it to my gun club and it drew quite the crowd. I was so embarrassed that the first shot both barrels fired at the same time. I made sure the barrel selector in the trigger was firmly secure to the preferred barrel and fired again. Both barrels shot again at the same time. I selected the other barrel and the same thing happened. I fired 10 times and the Model 21 fired both barrels at the same time 8 of the 10 times.
I reached out to Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company. They graciously paid to have it shipped back to them and they had it in their shop about 4 days and shipped it back. I took it to the club for a round of trap and first shot both barrels fired again! It continued to happen 4 more times. I am beginning to wonder if there is some user error on my part? Am I assembling the gun improperly? I could not find any examples of anyone else having a model 21 double fire like that.
Please help a new Model 21 owner!
April 30, 2007
Your not doing anything wrong. That gun should never double with any commercial loads. CSMC should have corrected the problem and explained what was wrong . A friend of mine shoots one and puts thousands of rounds through it each year without ever having a problem. its a fantastic gun. By chance are you shooting reloads? I shoot a long barreled 21 duck at the trap range and it handles handicap trap loads from the 27 yard line just fine
November 1, 2013
A new gun doing this is CLEARLY defective. And whatever the defect is, CSM has proven that their gunsmiths don’t know how to correct the problem. You shouldn’t be satisfied with another unreliable repair, you should be demanding what you’ve already paid for, a totally reliable 21. That means–after your problems with this gun–a replacement. If CSM balks at this, I wouldn’t continue to dally, I’d ask my lawyer to make the same request in writing, which should produce results well worth the $200 or so it will probably cost.
You’ll find 21 experts at the Double Gun website who may be able to explain this problem, but the bottom line now is that you’ve not received what you paid “big money” for.
November 7, 2015
This clearly isn’t up to CSMC’s standards as I understand them. I’m sure if given the opportunity they’ll make it right for you.