Help Dating double barrel

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by EagleDreamer, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. EagleDreamer

    EagleDreamer New Member

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    I need some help dating a side-by-side shotgun. It says Stevens then underneath that Savage Arms. If my understanding is correct Savage Arms did the marketing for Stevens. It is a 12 ga. The only other "factory" marking is 5100 on the right side of the gun. My dad thought this was the serial no. but I am pretty positive it is the model no. The reason I put factory in quotes is because my great-uncle carved what appears to be his Driver's License number into the stock. I saw no other marks other than a couple proof marks. My dad thinks his uncle most likely bought it new in the 40's. Was this too early to be marked with a serial number? I know Savage and Stevens Arms are not top of the line, but this gun has much sentimental value.
    As a side note my dad was given this gun about 3 years ago by his uncle before he passed. In 3 years he never shot it. Well my dad's aunt just passed away, and we had been talking about going shooting so I suggested we take the double barrel. Seemed like as good a time as any to take it out. We went and shot trap today and he let me use it. I went 22/25 our second round. That bad boy has my shoulder bruised, but it is a joy to shoot.
    One more side note: this only happened once. I was loading up for my third shot. Safety on ( comes on by itself everytime you break it open to eject) finger off the triggers I close it and BANG! The gun fired on safety finger off the triggers. Luckily it was pointed at the ground as I was taught. Any explanation for this? The gun was cleaned before we took it. Did I close it too hard? Seems that shouldnt happen even if I did but like I said it only happened that one time and I shot 46 more shells after that.
    Sorry for rambling.... Eagle
     
  2. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    Savage bought Stevens out. The 5100 was discontinued in 48.
     

  3. EagleDreamer

    EagleDreamer New Member

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    Thanks Hawg...any idea if that was pre- ssrial numbers?
     
  4. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    serial numbers were not required until 1968
     
  5. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    Serial numbers were not required until 68 but many used them long before that.
     
  6. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    As Hiwall stated, serial numbers were not required until the GCA of 1968. The larger makers like Remington and Winchester always put serial numbers on guns. The smaller ones like Savage/Stevens did not.

    The sear/sears are likely worn causing the discharge on closing. A competent gunsmith can fix that.