The Winchester M21 double barrel shotgun is a side-by-side I often overlook. Mass produced by Winchester from 1930-1959, it came out just as most American makers were easing their way out of the business. Rugged and well made, Winchester turned out about 30,000 of them before the M21 became a special-order item through their Custom Shop in 1960.
The little 20 gauge Tournament Skeet you see here is one of the rarer models the made, and that extra set of barrels must make it extra special. Winchester M21 Tournament grades were cranked out from 1933–1944. This one was made in 1934. So is it the first 20g Tournament they made? Perhaps…
BTW: This gun is being offered at NO RESERVE. The auction ends on May 5, 2013 @ 15:00:00 PT. Here’s more about the double from the seller:
20 gauge Model 21 SxS Tournament Skeet Double Barrel Shotgun: #5853 mfg. circa 1934. Two sets of barrels, 1st set – 26 in. 20 ga. matted rib BBL with 2 3/4 in. chambers and choked WS1/WS2, 2nd set – 26 in. 20 ga. matted rib BBL with 2 3/4 in. chambers and choked Full/Mod, reinforced boxlock frame with none–factory style full coverage foliate arabesque engraving, EJT, deluxe checkered walnut straight grip stock w/solid recoil pad and black spacer, LOP 12 1/2 over wood and 13 7/8 over pad, deluxe “Kidney” pattern checkered BT forearm, blue finish, and factory case.
Condition (assuming original) – Appears to be in NRA Modern Excellent overall condition, factory records are incomplete, returned to factory for second set of barrels, wood appears replaced with factory style checkering on forearm, none-factory checkering on buttstock with spacer and pad, none-factory engraving, metal retains 95% Plus blue.