Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge – CUSTOM, 8 GOLD INLAYS
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Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge – CUSTOM, 8 GOLD INLAYS

Ex Tax: $13,950.00
Product Code: Winchester M21 16ga sn18600


General Specs: Winchester, Year 1947, 16 Gauge, 6lbs 12oz, Chokes IC/M, LOP 14 7/16", DAH 2 3/4", DAC  1 7/16" Serial Number: 18600 The Model 21 is an American icon with a well-deserved reputation.  A strikingly handso...

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General Specs: Winchester, Year 1947, 16 Gauge, 6lbs 12oz, Chokes IC/M, LOP 14 7/16", DAH 2 3/4", DAC  1 7/16"
Serial Number: 18600

The Model 21 is an American icon with a well-deserved reputation.  A strikingly handsome gun with the finest steels, gunners in the know have utilized this Winchester in the field and at the club to shoot thousands of rounds without failure.  IF YOU LIKE HEAVY LOADS FOR PHEASANTS OR OTHER TOUGH GAME, THIS IS THE GUN.  Offered here is a true work of art, a Model 21 16 gauge built and upgraded by Neil Hermsen, a Master Engraver providing custom firearms to the rich and famous including Bing Crosby, Tom Selleck, Hank Williams Jr., and Doug Turnbull’s engraver of choice when he created his catalogue to showcase his custom work on Winchesters entitled “WINCHESTER HIGHLY FINISHED ARMS” which you can see on Turnbull’s website.  Turnbull gave special thanks to Neil Hermsen as the engraver of all the Winchester rifles that were built to mimic Winchester’s offerings in 1897.  I have seen many upgraded Model 21 guns…some are stunning, and most are mediocre, lacking any detail in the gold inlays, scroll work, and engraving in general.  Most have so-so wood as well.  This Model 21 is in the first group of stunning custom guns.  The gun has been turned into a “FLATSIDE” action, engraved with delicate scroll, 8 raised-gold animals with high detail in the birds and dogs, fine gold wire inlaid to create borders around the action, forend iron, and barrel breech.  The English style stock and splinter forend are made of exhibition quality Turkish walnut with burl and smoky, marble-cake figure throughout, terminating at the butt with classy, engraved heel and toe plates and a checkered butt.  The checkering is fancy borderless checkering attractively laid out to include wrap-over the wrist and scallop points on the buttstock and forend, and nicely checkered sidepanels.  The wood to metal fit is superb, the stock dimensions are modern and shootable, the screws are all perfect, and the barrels lock up tight to the action and on the hinge pin like a new gun.  The 26” barrels are healthy as new, factory choked IC/M, with mirror bores, no dents or dings, tight ribs, sharp lettering and rib matting, and beautifully jeweled barrel flats.  The mechanics are excellent, this being a VFI CERTIFIED GUN (with 90-day mechanical warranty), the action and forend iron stripped to the smallest part, Ultrasonic cleaned, all parts inspected for function and integrity, all lubricated properly and reassembled.  This gun is superbly suited to upland game and clay target games and is an investment quality gun upgraded by a known Master Engraver.  Neil Hermsen passed away in April of 2021, so his work is commemorated in this gun and the many others he had the passion to turn into works of art that function and bring pride of ownership.  We have priced this gun affordably and the new owner will have instant equity upon receipt.  It is a rare find to find a FLATSIDE MODEL 21 upgraded to such a high quality and detail.  Enjoy the photos of this special Model 21.  Thanks for looking!


Barrel Length:  26"
Chokes:  .008/ .013   Improved Cylinder/Modified
Bores:  mirror
Bore Diameter:  .677/ .676
Wall Thickness:  .026/ .026
% Blue:  100% rust blue
Chambers:  2 3/4"
Ribs:  tight
Sights:  Front silver bead


Action:  tight
Ejectors or Extractors:  ejectors, timed
Case Color:  100%, re blued
Screws:  perfect
Engraving:  custom by Neil Hermsen
Trigger Type:  single, select, crisp
Trigger Guard Color:  99%, re blued, gold woodcock


Type:  Straight stock/ Splinter forend
LOP:  14 7/16"
LOP To End Of Wood:  14 7/16"
DAH:  2 3/4"
DAC:   1 7/16"
Cast:  Heel 5/16"off, Toe 1/8"off
Checkering Condition:  superb borderless
Butt Treatment:  heel and toe plates, engraved; checkered butt


There is a 90 day mechanical warranty on this VFI CERTIFIED gun. Call us for full details, or to purchase #616-292-6240. If you have any questions please call or email us, at or Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc

Payment and Shipping

Payment Methods: Credit Card, Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer (Advertised price reflects 3% cash discount. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher.)
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: Collected in AR, IL, KS, MI, PA, TN
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $225.00 within the continental U.S. Additional fees for HI & AK. We ship internationally with additional fees! (**NOTE that most all of this is INSURANCE.  If you have your own, we could arrange your insurance covering it.)
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes


Please see all of our fine Vintage Firearms on this website. We have many more sxs shotguns, o/u shotguns, rifles and handguns not yet listed, check back or email us for a preview. We are a Wilson Combat dealer! Thanks for looking!

We employ full time gunsmiths on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase. Common requests are: -stock bending to suit your particular requirements -addition of any specified butt pad to increase length of pull -alteration of chokes to suit your shooting preferences -lengthening of chambers and forcing cones -darkening stock color with penetrating stains -restoring any part of the gun including rust blue, charcoal blue, bone and charcoal case color, wood restoration and checkering recuts. If you like one our guns but it needs "tweaked", let us know and we can quote you a time and price. Some enthusiasts like the guns "as found" and others want them "just so". We often list guns as found and let the particular buyer choose how they want their gun to fit or look.