One of Only Five Experimental Winchester Model 59 20 Gauge Semi-Automatic Shotguns from the Winchest
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One of Only Five Experimental Winchester Model 59 20 Gauge Semi-Automatic Shotguns from the Winchest

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One of Only Five Experimental Winchester Model 59 20 Gauge Semi-Automatic Shotguns from the Winchest

Estimate: $4500 - 6000
This is an example of 1 of only 5 "ultra-lightweight" Model 59s that were made and this was the last one produced. It is unmarked except for the serial number, (which is marked on the bottom of the frame and on the bolt), and "3F" at the rear of the barrel, probably for the chamber and choke. The barrel appears to be steel instead of fiberglass, which would be another special feature for this model, and has a single brass bead sight. The shotgun was purchased from the Winchester Museum during the move to Cody, Wyoming and carries their number "W267" on a plaque on the left side of the stock. Mounted with a checkered walnut forearm and pistol grip stock with a black plastic checkered Winchester buttplate. It seems strange to make an experimental in the deluxe or pigeon grade until you remember that most of the experimental involving cartridges went by John Olin, who after all, owned the place! Formally from the Peter and Patty Murray Collection and carries all of their collection tags.
BBL: 26 inch round
Stock: walnut
Gauge: 20
Finish: blue
Grips:
Serial Number: 5
Condition: Excellent overall. The barrel retains virtually all of the original blue finish, while the receiver and trigger guard have a smooth gray, dark patina. This apparent difference in wear was one of the reasons that the Model 59 was not popular. The aluminum alloy frame could not be "blued" and the various anodizing attempts were not completely successful. The wood is also excellent with only a few minor dings and handling marks, with sharp checkering.