This is a rifle i will be taking on a survival trip this summer. I thought long and hard about what to bring and ended up with the model 42. I think MSRP is $430, i paid $360.
Some brief impressions:
Trigger: decent, i can work with it.
Front Sight: atrocious, the bead is tapered large to small from muzzle to aft and covers the whole bulls eye at 20 yards.
Rear Sight: Not horrible, but not great. I'm going to swap for an aftermarket peep.
22 Barrel: seems okay. with the horrid sights i was able to shoot pretty tight groups.
410 Barrel: Needs a choke. Shot an 18" pattern at 20yds with no6 hunting shot. I wouldn't shoot at a grouse or quail outside of 15 yards. I'm wondering if a gunsmith could do some sort of screw in choke.
Overall, i have to say i like it despite it's warts. It's just so light and handy and points really well. With improved sights and a little better range for the shotgun and i will love it.
I took my 7 year old daughter for her very first marksmanship session and it was perfect. I like how the action really slows everything down and makes for very deliberate movements.
It's an ugly rifle in my opinion. Not that it bothers me much, i have lots of sexy rifles, this is a knockabout tool. But i've been wanting to try my hand at painting one for awhile and i think it looks quite a bit better. Red on black has never been my thing.
After: (sorry for the cellphone pics)