The Model 1901 is basically the same design as the Model 1887, but featured a newer alloy steel specifically designed for the new smokeless powders. It was offered in 10-Gauge only, and a blued receiver frame only. Special order options were the same as the Model 1887.
Production of the Model 1901 began on June 29th, 1899, at serial number 64856, and it ended on November 5th, 1931, at serial number 78356. Total production was just 13,500 guns, with the bulk of the production occurring prior to 1925.
With one of the most unusual actions ever used by Winchester, the 1901 is a rolling-block design shotgun. Special order options were limited to the grade of the stock, barrel type and length. The standard barrel was rolled steel with three-blade Damascus steel and four-blade Damascus available at extra cost through 1913.
Original Winchester factory records are available for this model (including the Model 1887) from the Cody Firearms Museum in Cody, Wyoming, from serial number 1 thru 17999.