Please help me ID this old Stevens

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by DIY_guy, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. DIY_guy

    DIY_guy New Member

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    I bought a couple guns at an estate sale last weekend and if you have been following the restors I have been doing in the gunsmithing area you will understand my desire to tackle these two guns and I like to know as much about the guns I restore as possible when I blog about the project but I must confess I don’t know much about this gun other than what I have been able to get from the web (and some of that info in contradictory) so I am here to ask for insight from the folks here since you seem very knowledgeable in matters regarding ID’ing old guns. I’m given to understand it to be about 100 years old. I understand it is a very low value gun. I will also assume its chambered for 2 1/2 inch shells. Here are pictures of one of the guns. Im most interested in approx. date of manufacture and model and what the clover next to the 55 means.

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    Any insight would be greatly appreciated
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    You can get an approximate date from the way the company name is marked on the gun.
    J. Stevens and Company = 1864 to 1886.
    J. Stevens Arms and Tool Co = 1886 to 1916.
    J. Stevens Arms Co = 1920 to about 1948.
    Stevens (or Savage/Stevens) = about 1948 to 1991 or after 1999.
    No Stevens guns were made 1917-1919 or 1992-98.
     

  3. Gh0st

    Gh0st New Member

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    The Stevens/Savage guns seem to be rather hard to get info on. I've got a Savage Arms 12g that I'm having a hard time finding info on myself. Mine is nowhere near as old as this though. I'm going to make a stop at my city library and see if I can dig anything up on them. If I find anything that might help with this gun I'll pass it along.

    Best of luck to you on the restoration though!
     
  4. 303tom

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    I think c3 has told you about all any of us can tell you without a hands on look...............
     
  5. Topshot50

    Topshot50 New Member

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    Nice find. Good luck on the restore
     
  6. JohnJak

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    Some guns should not be restored. Leave them hanging on the wall.
     
  7. wittmeba

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    Don't know if this helps or not for the Online viewers but I tried to mod the image.

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  8. DIY_guy

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    Can anybody give me a model number? Its not a 105 or 107 or 110 or 115 or 120 or 125 and its not a 94.
     
  9. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    It is a model 100 simple as that !..............
     
  10. DIY_guy

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    Im not saying Im doubting you but on many sites I visit many others have stated its this or its that but when I asked them how thye know they did not repy or provide something of substance like a picture or cataloge image or any other data.
     
  11. DIY_guy

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  13. DIY_guy

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    Thank you. Yes Its looking more and more like a number 100. The hammer certainly is a match.