4 years ago #1

Am trying to learn something about a Stevens 16 ga double barrel shotgun I recently acquired. It is hammerless, 28" barrels, the number under the forearm, bottom of barrels and receiver is H693xx, it has two ivory beads, has checkered walnut stock and forearm, a single trigger, and a goose etched on the left side of receiver. The right side of receiver has: J. Stevens Arms Co., Chicopee Falls Mass. U.S.A., Patented April 20, 1915. I do not see a Model Number anywhere.
My questions are: (1) what is the model number (2) about when was it made (3) approx value (it shows normal use but is nice and tight with some scratches.
Many thanks for whatever you can tell me. JoeMac

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without more information, although your description is quite a bit better than we USUALLY get, (see the other posts right around yours...)

The company name on the side makes the date 1920-1940, and the patent date means that this isn't a Stevens/Savage Fox B

So, It caused me to do a LOT more googling, and by golly I found it.

Quoting from "Researcher1" over at Shotgunworld:

Apr. 20, 1915, refers to the patent date of Patent No. 1,136,247 granted to G.S. Lewis and assigned to the J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co. of Chicopee Falls, Mass. This patent covers a hammerless double with coil-spring driven strikers, rather than internal hammers rotating about an axle. From the time of the patent until WW-II this action was used on a number of different Stevens, Riverside and Springfield doubles as well as many marked with a variety of "trade names."

The gun of this design was introduced in 12- and 16-gauge as the Riverside No. 315 in the J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co. Catalogue No. 54, with a list price of $16.50. The plants of the J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co. were taken over by, as I recall, New England Westinghouse for wartime production during WW-I. After The Great War they were sold off to Savage Arms Corp. and became J. Stevens Arms Co. (NOTE: That's not quite right, Stevens continued until 1940 when they were bought out by Savage... Researcher1 has his dates slightly wrong... -_ Rick)

J. Stevens Arms Co. continued to make this gun during the 1920s as the Riverside No. 315. By 1923 they introduced a slightly upscale version called the Stevens No. 330. The Stevens No. 330 came with a capped pistol grip walnut stock, while the Riverside had a half-pistol grip walnut stock. By 1925 the 20-gauge and .410-bore were added to the offerings. By 1930 J. Stevens dropped the Riverside name for their lower priced line and started using the Springfield Arms Co. name.

For 1931 they introduced the Springfield No. 311 which was a similar gun but with an uncheckered "walnut finish" stock. For 1930 J. Stevens Arms Co. began offering the Stevens No. 330 with a Jostam Anti-Flinch recoil pad and Lyman twin ivory sights. By 1937 they made a few cosmetic changes and the gun became the Stevens No. 530. These G.S. Lewis designed guns remained in the line up to WW-II.

Read more: http://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?f=5& t=249295#ixzz1J6evSCyK

Then, we read up on that patent, because it matters a lot. The following taken in part from http://www.gundigest.com/article/stevens-double-gun- patents

The 1915 George Lewis patent was VERY significant because it covered both the combination (one piece) sliding extractor-’comb’ shaped cocking piece with coil-spring powered striker firing mechanism used by Stevens in all their hammerless doubles from 1914 to 1933 (Riverside 315, Springfield 311 and 3151, Stevens Model 330 and 331 etc) and the one piece ‘hollow’ frame which carried the critical parts of the mechanism (hammers and sears) on horizontal pins. This was a unique system, reliable in use and inexpensive to build. The ‘comb’ extractor ***** was much easier to make and fit than the parts which performed the same operations in other guns of that era. It was a genial design.

So, you have a Steven 330, upgraded model with the ivory sights made between 1930 and 1937.

Here's a copy of the ad for it:

The only problem I keep coming back to is, you say its a SINGLE TRIGGER GUN...

Uh. Err...

I didn't know that Stevens MADE a single-trigger double barrel side by side shotgun --- ever.

But then, Coming back to Researcher01 at Shotgunworld we find this image: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/Ansleyone/J% 20Stevens/No530-M1940RetailCatalogNo40.jpg -- I'll save you the trouble, it's an factory ad for the Stevens 530, which is just a 330 a few years later, and it was offered with a non-selective single-trigger.

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So, we're back to the original conclusion.

Stevens 330, made between 1930 and 1937.

Thanks for the good question, and the interesting research project.

Oh -- Value... hmm... the somewhat later 311's that are based on this same action generally get valued in the $175 to $500 range. Just a guess but this will range somewhat higher. There are darned few examples sold recently, I'm going to link to one gunbroker auction for a double-trigger (the more common) version, otherwise identical to your gun which has not attracted a single bid in four re-listings on gunbroker starting at $400... http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx? Item=223430156

But the gun is UNCOMMON... so value is hard to access.

Anyway, Nice gun, post some photos for us.

-_ Rick

PS ... DO NOT BE CONFUSED that Savage sold an OVER AND UNDER double barreled shotgun made by Vlamet from 1969 to 1980. THIS IS NOT THAT GUN...
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