My wife wants a 20ga semi-auto. We were at our local gunsmith today, and he had one for sale. A Winchester 1400, MkII. You could tell the gun has been used. Certainly an imperfect exterior. Some scratches, dents, and dings on the stock. The barrel seemed ok (28"), but the bolt was in desperate need of a good cleaning.
The price tag said $275. We went to two other gun stores, and a big box store, looking for semi-auto 20 gauges. We found a couple, none of which were used, and the cheapest of which was I think $700.
I have read through all the threads I can find on this shotgun. I'm currently leaning against buying it, mostly because of the seemingly difficulty in finding parts for it if something breaks. Plus, several people are saying that it shouldn't be used a LOT. We won't use it that much, but we also don't know the history of the gun. Maybe a previous owner used it a lot. It certainly shows at least healthy use, based on the stock. Excessive use? I have no idea.
I didn't get pictures of it, but snapped one of the tag.
Should I go ahead and gamble a bit on this gun? I don't know that I'll be able to find another 20ga semi for this low price. My wife is basically of the opinion: "its not that much money in the grand scheme of things, if it is a dud at least we're not out $1000." That's true. But I just don't know.
Oh, by the way, it had what appear to me to be a tritium front sight insert.
Convince me to buy, or not to buy, this gun. Ready go. Oh, by the way, I have basically until Tuesday to make up my mind.