I have a j Stevens crack-shot 22 with a serial number 723 all I have found on the age is that they changed the name in 1864 to Stevens does anyone know a value
Stevens made two different rifles called "Crackshot".
The first CRACK SHOT was the NO. 16 manufactured between 1900 and 1913. It was operated by a thumb lever on the right side of the receiver to open and close the breech block. "CRACK SHOT" was stamped on the top of the barrel between the receiver and the rear sight and J. STEVENS ARMS AND TOOL CO. with company address and patent dates stamped in front of the rear sight.
The No. 26 "CRACK SHOT" is a lever operated rifle which was made from 1912 to 1943. Early guns (1913-1915) will be stamped J. STEVENS ARMS AND TOOL CO. with company address and patent dates on top of the barrel. "CRACK SHOT" will be stamped on the left side of the frame.
Rifles made after Savage Arms Corporation purchased J. Stevens Arms and Tool Company in 1920 will be stamped J. STEVENS ARMS CO. "SVG" within a circle is stamped on the upper left side of the frame.
"Crack Shots" were not serialized and numbers stamped on the rifles are assumed to be assembly codes which have no meaning outside of the factory.
J. Stevens Arms and Tool Company also used the Crack Shot name in their 1888 catalog for the No. 15 and 16 Tip Up Rifles with Lyman tang rear and bead front sights. These rifles were discontinued before 1900.
Thanks what can you tell about the crack shot with the side switch to open the breach it does not have a model number or pat date just j Stevens arms& co with address and caliber
Jim : See the information on the No.16 Crack Shot in my initial reply above. I erroneously indicated that patent dates were stamped on the barrel. It should actually state PAT.APP'D FOR above the name "CRACK SHOT" on the top of the barrel.
Your specimen would have been manufactured in the period 1902-3 and 1913. Early production guns(1900-1902-3) had a thumb safety on the tang ta=hat was inconvenient at best and at worst a safety hazard. The thumb safety was dropped when its lack of value and popularity was recognized.
Although Stevens used numbers as well as names to identify various models, those number were not stamped on the firearm itself, but do appear in the catalogs and advertisements.