Stevens(Savage?) Shotgun

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by 1911love, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. 1911love

    1911love New Member

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    I found this old shotgun that belongs to my father. His father bought it for him when he was 12 or 13. It was used on a ranch and spent a lot of time on a tractor. I am trying to identify it and gather any available info. I think it was made in the late 50's or early 60's. It is a 12 gauge single shot break open with a 30 inch barrel. The bore looks good, but the trigger guard is broken towards the front and the forearm has come loose towards the front. I would like to repair it and fire it as well. Any information about the gun or how to repair it and what it is worth would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
     

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  2. 1911love

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    Bump. Any info guys/gals?
     

  3. kytowboater

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    I would pay around $100-125 at the high end. Don't know about refinishing.
     
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    The problem is I have no idea what model it is or any other info about it. Thanks for the help so far, I really want to get this thing running and learn more about it.
     
  6. kytowboater

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    Do you have a local gunsmith you can take it to?
     
  7. John_Deer

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  8. 1911love

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    Not one I trust. That's why I'm hoping someone here knows about these weapons. I'm at a loss so far.
     
  9. SSGN_Doc

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    I have a twin to that shotgun. It belonged to my grandfather. You might want to see if there is a screw that can be tightened on the retaining steel inside the forearm. Otherwise you may need to bend the metal a bit to get it to seat tighter on the lug under the barrel. Numrich/gun parts corp. may have the trigger guard.

    Not sure of the model number myself. I may have to dig it out if the back of the safe. Pretty surety grandfathers was made in or before the 40s.
     
  10. bntyhntr6975

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    Looks like a 940. There is a small screw inside the receiver that holds the front if the trigger guard in place. Its a bear to replace. Numerich and feebay both have replacements, about $10 i think. Its not exactly model specific, several models used the same guard.
    Stevens (and Savage) are kinda difficult to date at times, but you can get close. Its a Stevens, from Chicopee Falls so that puts it between '42 or '48 up to '60, respectively. Leftover stamped receivers couldve been used for a couple years after that.
    There may be a stamp on the underside of the receiver, near the hinge. I think they started that in '48 or '49. There'll be a number and a letter inside an oval. The letter represents a year. A quick google search will find the table, I cant recall exactly whats what. A few letters were skipped also. Serial numbers didnt show up on them until the GCA of '68.
    Its current condition would most likely bring around $50-75. Fixing the guard should up that another $10-20. They werent made for collector value, just to use. Theres LOTS of them (and similar) out there.
    Do not try to bend the trigger guard. It is cast alloy. You will only break it in pieces.
     
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  11. deathkricket

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    From the stamps on your shotgun it was MFG some time between 1920 and 1936 during the years they marked these single shots as savage stevens. The trigger gaurd being broke it very normal on the steven single shots for some models and a replacement gaurd can sometimes be had for about $5 on E Bay. Here in my Steven's single shot (with a cracked trigger gaurd) MFG date of about 1984. They are great guns, I wouldnt wory about selling it but more about enjoying the history and plinking of it.
     

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  12. John_Deer

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    If you can find a trigger guard I would replace it. Otherwise I would leave the gun just like you found it. My great grandfather left me a .410 bolt action in about the same shape. I would hogtie anyone that got near it with any form of rust removal. If you sent the gun to savage to have it refinished it would still be pitted. I would leave it the way you got it. Put some oil on it and rub it until the rust forms patina.
     
  13. bntyhntr6975

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    From '20 to '42 or '48, they were still using the J Stevens Arms Co name. Then it was changed to Stevens, and sometime Savage/Stevens.
     
  14. deathkricket

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    Cool, I was going off the company info but that does make sense.
     
  15. Axxe55

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    Savage bought out Stevens in 1920. so they changed the name to Savage/Stevens in about 1921. and continued under that name until about 1936.

    the name J. Stevens Arms and Tool Co. was incorporated in 1886. in 1896, I. A. Page. so it may have been shortly there after it was renamed the Stevens Arms Co.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevens_Arms
     
  16. bntyhntr6975

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    Ive always liked the older Stevens guns. Nothing fancy, they just work. Theres alot of confusing (and contradictory) information out there tho, and sometimes its hard to sort some of it out. Since all those old records were 'lost in the fire', it can turn into a guessing game at times.
     
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    STEVENS, J., ARMS COMPANY Current trademark of long arms produced by Savage Arms, Inc. Beginning in 1999, Savage Arms, Inc. began manufacturing/importing Stevens trademarked guns again, including rifles and shotguns. J. Stevens Arms Company was founded in 1864 at Chicopee Falls, MA as J. Stevens & Co. In 1886 the name was changed to J. Stevens Arms and Tool Co. In 1916, the plant became New England Westinghouse, and tooled up for Mosin-Nagant Rifles. In 1920, the plant was sold to the Savage Arms Corp. and manufactured guns were marked "J. Stevens Arms Co." This designation was dropped in the late 1940s, and only the name "Stevens" has been used up to 1990.
    Bluebookofgunvalues.com

    Im still going with it being made from '49 to '60. Prior to then it wouldve said J Stevens Arms Co. Afrer '60, it wouldve said Westfield, Mass. Maybe the OP will find the date stamp on it.
     
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  18. 1911love

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    Thanks for all the info! I'm going to look for the things you guys said. Hopefully I can trace it's history, at least now I have a starting point. Thanks again.
     
  19. bntyhntr6975

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    Good luck. Its always fun to narrow it down as much as possible. There should be a stamp on it tho, let us know what it says. It'll be on the underside, close to the hinge.
    For what its worth, my Springfield 5100 (discontinued in '48) is stamped J. Stevens Arms Co. And since they moved from Chicopee Falls in '60 (no idea when during '60), its narrowed down to that so far. Those years did have a date stamp, so that part is on you.
     
  20. Stingray14

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    I have a 20 gauge version of that gun. Got it over 50 years ago. Love it. Only problems is the firing pin can break off if you slam the barrel closed without looking. No problem, simple, cheap repair in your kitchen.