Winchester Model 101 Pigeon Grade Lightweight XTR 27″ 12 GA Shotgun & Box

SOLD FOR: $2,000

WOA#: WY240318RU116

Make: Winchester

Model: 101 Pigeon Grade Lightweight XTR

Serial Number: PK463857E

Year of Manufacture: 1974-1987

Gauge: 12 Gauge, 3” Chamber

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

Markings: The left side of the top barrel is marked “WINCHESTER PIGEON GRADE XTR “Lightweight” – 12 GA – 3″ / WINCHOKE – EAST ALTON, IL. U.S.A.”. Each barrel has a Winchester Proof on the left just forward of the chamber, the left of the monoblock is marked “W/C” above and below the ejector arm. The top of the rib is marked “WINCHESTER”. The right side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN JAPAN”. The bottom of the bottom barrel is marked “WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL”. The monoblock is marked “463857″. The barrel lug is marked “12-3” in oval. The top tang is marked “PK463857E”. The water table has a “WP” in oval proof. The forend iron is marked “463857” and the inside wood is stamped “3857”. The rear of the forend iron is marked “3857”. The bottom of the receiver is marked “WINCHESTER” surrounded by scroll engraving. The receiver has scroll engraving and games scenes on the sides.

Barrel Length: 27”, Vent-Rib

Choke: The barrels are threaded for Winchokes with Modified over Full currently installed and an Extra Full included. Also included are three Rhino chokes, 2x Improved Cylinder and 1x Skeet II.

Sights / Optics: There is a white bead in a base at the front of the rib and a smaller white mid-bead. The top of the rib is checkered to reduce glare.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with semi-pistol grip, straight comb, finger grooved forend, and Winchester buttpad. The stocks have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14 1/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad. The drop at the comb is about 1 1/2″ and drop at heel is about 2 1/4″. The pad is still fairly supple with no notable wear. The stocks rate in Excellent overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blue & Silver

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion. In this writer’s opinion, the bores rate 10 out of 10.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. The action shows minor operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly including ejectors. It has a single selective mechanical trigger. 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: This shotgun comes in a Winchester luggage case with the additional chokes described above, choke wrench, manual, key for the case, and a two-piece cardboard Winchester box with serial-matching label.

Our Assessment: The iconic Model 101 Pigeon Grade is a shotgun with legendary styling and handling and the unquestionable reliability you expect from Winchester firearms. The Pigeon Grade features detailed engraving and wood stocks with beautiful grain. This shotgun features white bead sights, jeweled ejectors and a single selective trigger. With 27″ barrels threaded for Winchokes, it should make for a versatile gun for clays and, as a Lightweight model, it shouldn’t wear you out in the field as a hunting gun. This shotgun appears to have spent more time in its included case and factory box than out, so it is also just as well suited to the collector. Please see our photos and good luck!

Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California. -Bud

Winchester Model 101 Pigeon Grade Lightweight XTR 27" 12 GA Shotgun & Box
Winchester Model 101 Pigeon Grade Lightweight XTR 27″ 12 GA Shotgun & Box