Winchester Mod 101 Magnum 30″ Full/Full 12 GA 3” O/U Shotgun MFD 1971-1983

SOLD FOR: $770

WOA#: WY240315FS002

Make: Winchester

Model: 101

Serial Number: K142017

Year of Manufacture: 1971-1983 This Model is an Earlier Model Circa The early 70s.

Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 ¾” and 3” Shells

Action Type: Top-Break Over/Under Shotgun with Single Selective Trigger (mechanical) and Ejectors.

Markings:  The left side of the top barrel is marked “MODEL 101 – WINCHESTER – 12 GAUGE – 2 3/4″ & 3”/ MADE IN JAPAN”. The upper barrel right side is marked “WINCHESTER / NEW HAVEN. CONN.” Under the forend, the left of the top barrel is marked “FULL”, the bottom “FULL” and each with an ovalled “WP” proof. The bottom of the bottom barrel is marked “WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL”. The bottom of the monoblock is marked “PB 142017” and the bottom of the left locking block is marked “12-3” in an oval. The right side of the barrel is marked “N80” and the lower barrel “J40  J”. The top of the forend iron is marked “1142017”, found again stamped on the inside of the forend and on the forend lock. The top tang is marked “K142017”. The bottom of the receiver is marked “OlinKodensha  /  Co.Ltd”. The receiver, trigger guard, exposed portions of the forend iron and the barrel shoulders have decorative scroll and floral engraving. The buttpad is marked “WINCHESTER TRADE MARK”.

Barrel Length: 30” With Ventilated Rib.

Choke: FULL over FULL, both fixed.

Sights / Optics: There is a Brass bead affixed to the front of the rib. The top of the rib is finely checkered to reduce glare.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with  full finger shelf forend, straight comb, capped semi-pistol grip and Red ventilated rubber Winchester buttpad. The stocks have some scattered minor nicks, scuffs and scratches. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad. The pad has light wear at the heel and around the edges, but is still supple. Overall, the stocks are in Very Good to Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The smooth bores are bright and there is no erosion in the bore. There are some barely visible scratches with very minor fouling in the last two inches of the bore. In this writer’s opinion the bores rate 9/10.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. The breech face has some minor surface rust patches. The barrel set has some minor wear on the barrels where the forend rubs. There is also wear under the safety selector. The screw heads are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Very Good to Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrels lock up to the receiver with no play. The safety does not engage automatically when the action is opened, but does function properly when engaged manually. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: The Winchester Model 101 is a classic over-under shotgun that has earned a reputation for its reliability, craftsmanship, and performance in both field and range settings. This specific model is a 12 gauge with a 3″ chamber, 30″ barrels, and fixed Full/Full chokes, is particularly well-suited for certain shooting sports and hunting applications. Renowned for its robust construction and elegant design, the Winchester Model 101 features an action and receiver made from high-quality steel, ensuring durability and longevity. The barrels, typically crafted from high-grade steel, are designed to withstand the pressures of modern ammunition, especially the 3″ magnum shells this model is chambered for. The 30″ barrels provide a longer sight plane, aiding in accuracy and making the shotgun particularly effective for longer-range shooting. This particular Model 101 comes with fixed Full/Full chokes. These fixed chokes mean that the constriction at the end of the barrel is permanent and not interchangeable. Full chokes provide the tightest constriction, resulting in a dense shot pattern that is optimal for long-range shooting. Having both barrels choked Full makes this shotgun highly effective for specific types of hunting, such as waterfowl hunting or trap shooting, where hitting targets at longer distances is common. The Winchester Model 101 is designed with ergonomics in mind. The stock and forearm are typically made from high-quality walnut, offering a balance of beauty and functionality. The stock is designed to fit comfortably against the shoulder, and the checkering on the grip and forearm provides a secure hold. The shotgun’s weight and balance are carefully distributed to reduce felt recoil and enhance the shooter’s control over the firearm, making it a pleasure to shoot even during extended sessions. Aesthetically, the Winchester Model 101 is a handsome shotgun. The walnut stock features a gloss finish, highlighting the wood’s natural beauty. The receiver is engraved, adding an element of elegance to the overall appearance. The attention to detail in the finish and engraving reflects Winchester’s commitment to quality and craftsmanship. Given its configuration, this Winchester Model 101 with 30″ barrels and Full/Full chokes is particularly well-suited for long-range shooting applications. It excels in sports like trap shooting and is also an excellent choice for waterfowl hunting, where the ability to reach out and hit birds at a distance is crucial. The 3″ chamber allows for the use of magnum loads, providing extra power and versatility in ammunition choice. Whether on the trap field or in the duck blind, this Model 101 offers the accuracy, power, and aesthetic appeal that shooters and hunters have come to expect from Winchester. Please see our photos and best of luck with your bidding!!!-R.L.

Winchester Mod 101 Magnum 30" Full/Full 12 GA 3” O/U Shotgun MFD 1971-1983
Winchester Mod 101 Magnum 30″ Full/Full 12 GA 3” O/U Shotgun MFD 1971-1983