Here’s a nice looking Winchester M21 16 gauge that’s on Gunauction.com right now. This NO RESERVE auction ends on November 3, 2013, @ 17:45:00 PT, so if you like the looks of this double barrel shotgun, I would bid on it right away.
WINCHESTER ~ MODEL 21 SxS – 16-GAUGE…28-IN, SST, AE…Serial #15228: NO RESERVE!! Here’s a rather scarce Winchester Model 21 16-gauge Side-by-Side shotgun. This gun features 28″ barrels with 2-3/4″ chambers. The chokes are marked as Full & Modified. The choke constrictions measure .025 and .010 according to my dial caliper. This gun also features the factory single-selective trigger, automatic ejectors, and non-automatic safety. Overall condition is very good.
The gun does appear to have been buffed and refinished in the past, has seen use since, and rates about 60% overall. The frame and rear portion of the barrel show finish loss from carry and there are some scattered handling marks. There is one small spot of shallow pitting on the upper tang and some very small pits on the left side of the frame but the balance of the metal is quite smooth. There are a few marks along the edges of the barrel rib and a couple of small nicks in the edges at the muzzle but there are no dents in the barrels. The stocks are in very good condition with just one small chip at the right/rear edge of the beavertail forearm. There are some normal handling marks but no cracks or repairs and the checkering is still in very good condition. The red rubber butt pad is a Winchester marked replacement which yields a length of pull measuring 13-7/8″. Drop @ Heel is 2-1/2″ and Drop @ Comb is 1-1/2″. Weight is 7-pounds, 1-ounce.
The gun is in excellent mechanical condition and is not loose or “off face”. The trigger and ejectors function properly. Bores are bright and free of corrosion. The serial number is 15228 which indicates the frame was made prior to WWII. The actual completion date of the gun is unknown and there is no record of this serial number at the Cody Museum (not uncommon). I would guess that the gun was likely made in the late 1940’s. The Winchester 21 is considered by many to the best American made Side-by-Side ever produced and a 16-gauge gun is decidedly uncommon.