Grandfather's Mossberg 42B

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Grandfather's Mossberg 42B

Postby Match10 » Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:58 am

Hello guys... I've done a little searching, but did not find anything specific.

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I just received my Grandfather's 42B that he used during his oil drilling days in Pennsylvania to compete for dimes. He was a natural "shootist" and won often. This would have been anywhere from the early 1930s into the 1940s. He was a rather good gunsmith in Bradford Pennsylvania from the 1950s to his death in 1981. He restocked and customized this rifle a bit.

What is the date of the rifle? (I realize I have not provided a serial number, but I do not see one. Is it under the scope mount? Under the barrel?) It has a steel Weaver rimfire Scope on it.

Anyway, it was put away as is in 1981 when he died and is in sorry shape. I am taking it off to a gunsmith later today for a good going over and hopefully restore a bit of usability.

Anything else you can tell me about this little rifle?
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Re: Grandfather's Mossberg 42B

Postby The Caddo Kid » Thu Dec 02, 2010 11:17 am

Strangely, my (usually comprehensive) STANDARD CATALOG OF FIREARMS does not even list the 42B. The GUN DIGEST MODERN GUN VALUES (10th Edition, 1996) lists it as replacing the 42A in 1938 and discontinued in 1941, no doubt because of war production needs. '96 values were perfect: $150 v.good: $90. If original it should have a micrometer peep at the rear as well as open iron sight ahead of the receiver.

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Re: Grandfather's Mossberg 42B

Postby Match10 » Thu Dec 02, 2010 11:24 am

The open sight has been removed and screws lock-tited in place. The peep on the rear was replaced by a Weaver Steel tube rimfire scope. I think the B model has an improved bolt.
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Re: Grandfather's Mossberg 42B

Postby legacy38 » Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:22 pm

Cool that you got his rifle whatever the result.

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Re: Grandfather's Mossberg 42B

Postby The Caddo Kid » Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:29 pm

Guns that have family connections are priceless. No question about it. I would give a mint to have my father's little Police Positive that lived in his glove box. Or my great uncle's S&W Russian with the stitched leather boot on the bottom of the grip frame. Or... Oh, well. They're gone. Who knows where?
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Re: Grandfather's Mossberg 42B

Postby Match10 » Thu Dec 02, 2010 11:36 pm

The Caddo Kid wrote:Guns that have family connections are priceless.


Over 70 years ago, Elmer was cleaning up one dime at a time among his oilworker friends!!
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Re: Grandfather's Mossberg 42B

Postby The Caddo Kid » Fri Dec 03, 2010 8:53 am

$.10 (1939) = $1.55 (2010)
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Re: Grandfather's Mossberg 42B

Postby Parson Colt » Fri Dec 03, 2010 11:17 am

Odds are it never had a serial number. Many 22s and shotguns of that era went unnumbered.
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Re: Grandfather's Mossberg 42B

Postby Match10 » Fri Dec 03, 2010 11:57 am

I found out it does not have a serial number. This rifle had to have been made in 1938, as my Grandfather was off in the oilfields then. I also found out that is the original stock, not reworked as I was told.


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Re: Grandfather's Mossberg 42B

Postby BWPerdue » Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:02 pm

I've had a couple of these old Mossbergs in different models. They are very accurate rifles.

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Re: Grandfather's Mossberg 42B

Postby kecatt » Sat Jun 04, 2011 12:24 am

After listening to Obama's "State of The Union" address, I called my stockbroker this morning and asked him what I should be buying......? . . . He said, "Canned Goods and Ammunition!"

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Re: Grandfather's Mossberg 42B

Postby groo » Sat Jun 04, 2011 12:36 am

This is also a good resource for old Mossberg's

http://www.havlinsales.com/
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