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A Second Model 21 with an Unusual Trigger
The letter from the Cody Museum for this Model 21 is unclear in some
parts but it does indicate that the standard rib frame was replaced with a frame for a
ventilated rib. However, the letter makes no mention of changing the serial
number. The letter states that the front sight was removed from the barrels, the
sight hole plugged, and a ventilated rib installed. The standard sights for
ventilated barrels were fitted as well. The factory replaced the butt stock with a
straight grip stock measuring 5¼ inches around the wrist! By comparison the circumference of 12 and 20
gauge straight grip stocks are typically about 4¼ to about 4½ inches. The
length of pull of this gun is 14½ inches to the solid recoil pad, which is standard
equipment for a Trap Grade Model 21. Fitted with 32-inch ventilated rib barrels and
Trap forend #8,159
weighs 8lbs. 2oz.
However, the most significant custom feature of this gun is the single trigger. The trigger features an extension and a second finger pad fitted to the face of a regular single trigger. The face of the forward 'trigger pad' measures 1¼ inches to the rear of a line extending down from the rear of the receiver, the rear 'pad' is 1½ inches from this imaginary line. The triggers of a regular double trigger gun are positioned 1 and 2 inches respectively from the receiver. A standard single trigger is, not surprisingly, 1½ inches from the rear of the receiver. The stock dimensions and trigger extension no doubt were designed to fit the hands and arms of a large individual. The custom trigger, fabricated and installed on Model 21 #8,159, may be the best example of Winchester's willingness to do anything a customer wanted. Model 21 #8,159 is a fine example of what was possible during the golden age of American gun building . By comparison I purchased a Ruger Red Label in 1980 and asked Ruger if a second set of barrels could be fitted. Their reply was a prompt, polite, but, no thank you.
The bullets below were taken from the letter from the Cody Museum.
click on the photo for a close up
Trap Grade Wood - Notice the Thick Pistol Grip
©2002 M.C. Manges