I know what you’re thinking: What’s so rare about a 16 gauge Winchester Model 21? If that’s all this double was, I’d say “nuttin”.
But this SxS has three important important features which push it in the holi-cr@p-that’s-hard-to-find category: double triggers, ejectors, and very shootable dimensions.
The Winchester M21 was produced for 60 years: 1931 to 1991. In that time, Winchester built around 30,000. By the time the M21 hit the market, pumps and auto loaders were taking over the American market and SXS shotguns were on their way out. Fortunately, enough shooters preferred classics like this and kept the M21 in production for so long.
Winchester Model 21 SxS hammerless shotgun, 12 gauge: 2-3/4” chambers, skeet and skeet choke, 26” nickel cromium steel barrels, blue finish, deluxe checkered wood stocks, KICK-EEZ hard rubber butt pad, double triggers, 14-1/8” length of pull, #2721. This gun is in overall fine condition showing approx. 98% original finish on the barrel assembly, approx. 96% original finish on the receiver with some spots of erosion at the edge of the recoil shield and at the front of the underside of the receiver with loss of finish to the underside of the trigger guard and barrel release latch; fine bores, crisp actions, sharp markings, fine wood stocks with deluxe checkering and beautiful flame graining. Est.: $3,500-$4,500.
Belgian-made Browning O/U shotgun, 20 gauge, 28”: Ventilated rib barrels, blue finish, checkered wood stocks, single trigger, hard rubber butt pad, #22441 in overall good condition showing considerable blue finish on barrels but scattered surface rust from poor storage, bores should clean to good, crisp actions, near fine stocks; a little TLC will greatly improve this early Browning. Est.: $550-$850.
L.C. Smith/Hunter Arms Co. SxS hammerless shotgun, .410 gauge, 26” barrels: Blue and case hardened finish, checkered deluxe wood stocks, double triggers, 14-3/4” length of pull to end of hard rubber butt pad, #108450 in overall fine condition showing the majority of its original blue finish on barrels with some areas of wear on the sides of each barrel, majority of vivid original case colors on receiver, fine bores, crisp actions, sharp markings and fine wood stocks with beautiful graining patterns to wood. Est.: $2,500-$3,500.
Spanish Ugartechea 28 gauge, 28″, boxlock SxS hammerless shotgun: Ejectors, double triggers, 28 gauge, 28” barrels, blue and case hardened finish, checkered wood stocks, hard rubber butt pad, #AOC/SG-19 in overall fine condition showing the majority of its original finish on the barrels and original vivid case colors on the receiver, fine bores, crisp actions and fine wood stocks. Est.: $2,000-$3,000.