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gocritter 03-04-2009 01:00 PM

How old
 
An 80 yr old friend has his mothers old shotgun and would like to know its age.It is a model -94B- 410 ga springfield manufactured by J Stevens arms company in chickapee n.y. As it has no serial number I think he has no chance. What say you?

dcp1987 03-05-2009 01:20 AM

well the company was in business from 1888 to 1920 when it was bought out by savage arms.
with the models produced betweeen 1948-1968 theres a letter code stamped behind the hinge pin or ahead of the trigger gaurd.

4jeepers 03-05-2009 01:22 AM

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Originally Posted by gocritter (Post 78051)
An 80 yr old friend has his mothers old shotgun and would like to know its age.It is a model -94B- 410 ga springfield manufactured by J Stevens arms company in chickapee n.y. As it has no serial number I think he has no chance. What say you?

If I remember right, J Stevens in N.Y. was manufacturing shotguns for Sears and Roebuck since the 1890s or something like that. I would guess the early 1900s? Try to look for smokeless powder proof marks on the piece and that can narrow the time frame! I will check some other sources and get back to you with any information that I can gather! Good Luck! :confused:

gocritter 03-06-2009 10:09 PM

how old
 
more information. The fellows mother got the gun when she was 12 and he is 81. Under the fore end there are stamped the following, a dominant d v,then to the right and slightly higher there is a B in a circle,then to the right and slightly above is an I in a circle, about half way to the fore end clip there is an A. The fellow is somewhat of a history buff so he would love to know about his mothers 410. He thanks you all for the effort. I am only a little younger then him and I have converted him into a full fledged gun nut.

WILDCATT 04-08-2009 01:26 PM

savage/stevens
 
manufactured 1929-*last MSR was $92.discontinued about 1978.no numbers before 1968.safe to shoot if not rusted thru.or loose:rolleyes:

Hawg 04-12-2009 08:19 PM

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Originally Posted by dcp1987 (Post 78326)
well the company was in business from 1888 to 1920 when it was bought out by savage arms.
with the models produced betweeen 1948-1968 theres a letter code stamped behind the hinge pin or ahead of the trigger gaurd.

It was J. Stevens and Co from 1864-1886. It was J. Stevens Arms and Tool Co. from 1886-1915. J. Stevens Arms Co. from 1915-1940. Stevens from 1940-1991.


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