Age of gun

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by mvencel, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. mvencel

    mvencel New Member

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    I have an old 12 Ga. I would like to restore. I thank it belonged to my Grand father.

    The only info. on the gun is:
    SPRINGFIELD
    ARMS COMPANY
    chicopeefalls mass usa

    The serial # 55921
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Welcome to the FTF community. It would be helpful if you could post some pictures of the shotgun.

    There is an Introduction forum. When you get a chance, please head over there and introduce yourself to the folks.
     

  3. wmille01

    wmille01 New Member

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    welcome to our corner of the internet, you might be able to contact someone at the company they might have records on the serial number.
     
  4. Walley

    Walley New Member

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    Springfield Arms Company: Trade name used by the J. Stevens Arms and Tool Company
     
  5. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    As said- THAT Springfield is not today's Springfield. Rather complex relationship between Stevens/Savage/Springfield companies.

    Usually we tell folks you have to saw the gun in half and count the rings, but if you get use some photos, will try to narrow it down some. :p


    And I am forgetting my manners- welcome to the forum- when you get a minute, drop by the intro thread and say howdy.
     
  6. Hawg

    Hawg New Member

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    Yeah, it's a Stevens. Stevens dropped the Springfield name on shotguns in 1948.
     
  7. 30-30remchester

    30-30remchester New Member

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    I have but one question. Why are you going to restore this gun? Unless it has been severly neglected, any refinish or alteration is completely removing the history your grandfather made with this gun. Every dent, ding, rub and abrasion is evident that your gramps used this gun. When restored it is nothing but a shiny old gun that has had its history forever removed. Just my 2 cents.
     
  8. mvencel

    mvencel New Member

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    This gun was stored in a shed for more than 50 years.
    I agree with you about restoring the gun, but this gun is
    terribly rusted and I have no choice. The gun is sound.

    I would like to find the age of the gun.
     
  9. Hawg

    Hawg New Member

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    Stevens date coded shotguns starting in 49. Stevens dropped the Springfield name in 48 on shotguns. AFAIK not much way to get an exact year of manufacture. You might narrow it down to a decade.