Lot 1110: *RARE EXPERIMENTAL 14 GAUGE WINCHESTER MODEL 59 WITH AMMO, BOOK, AND FACTORY TEST RESULTS.
March 12, 2012
Fairfield, ME, USALive Auction
Description: SN EXP21B. Cal. 14 ga. 25" "Win-lite" bbl with "Versalite" interchangeable choke tube, is unmarked. Anodized aluminum receiver is also unmarked except for "EXP21B" with "WRP" in circular logo and standard Winchester proof on bottom of action. American walnut stock has standard Winchester checkering and Winchester trademark checkered plastic buttplate. Approx 28 of these experimental guns were made by Winchester for destruction and functioning testing, as well as, customer evaluation. Very few survive. Included with gun are a full box of the unique 14 ga. ammunition developed along with this gun, with aluminum full length case and card top wad. Also included is the book WINCHESTER AN AMERICAN LEGEND by R. L. Wilson where another experimental 14 ga gun is pictured on p. 231. PROVENANCE: Letter from previous owner who acquired it from executive at Olin and Winchester outlining history of gun as he knew it. Factory letter with info on experimental shotguns and test results. 100 odd page compedium with complete test and marketing paperwork relevant to the 14 ga gun and ammo. Winchester Book. Ammo. CONDITION: Excellent, with a few minor marks on bbl and receiver, which is silvering a bit on sharp edges. Stocks show minor marks from handling and use. Cartridges are excellent, box is very fine. 4-44218 MGM258