I have a J Stevens 22 long rifle pat pen april 22 1913 it has Crack Shot stamped or inscribed on the side of gun Its agood condition all original; it seems has been handed down father to so several times has not be fired in at least 50 years but seems like everything is working order lever action and inside of barrel in good shape Stock has two hairline cracks looks original any idea what its worth?
No. 16, or No. 26 Crack Shot? There is one more that I know of but it's not within that 50 year time span you mentioned.
The patent refers to yet another George Lewis patent 1059477 this for the "Crack Shot" breech closing mechanism used in these guns.
It's an interesting patent and has been referred to by two other recent patents issued since 2003.
This is one of Steven's "youth rifles" designed as a first-rifle to be given to a kid, Lots and Lots of ten year olds got these as their first rifles.
That patent is usually used on the Model 26, but I have seen it at least once on a 16.
here's how you tell. a 16 is a "side lever" gun instead of a trigger guard lever, it has a lever on the side of the receiver like this:
whereas a 26 has a trigger guard lever like this:
I have BOTh of those guns. the 16 needs a total rebuild including a barrel. the 26 is mint. What is the age of the 16? I am curious.
The No. 16 Crack Shot was made between 1900 and 1913. No records are available to give a more exact date.
See this blog for information on both the No. 16 and the No. 26 Crack Shots: http://www.gunvaluesboard.com/two-old-dogs/blog/