Stevens Manufacture Dates
From 1949 to 1970
Stevens Double barrel shotguns were date coded. This code can usually
be found behind the hinge pin or ahead of the trigger guard on the
bottom of the frame. The code will appear as a small circle with a
letter and a number in it.
indicate the year of manufacture starting with "A" in 1949 and ending
with "X" in 1970. The letters "O" & "Q" were not used.
1957 I 1965 S
1958 J 1966 T
1951 C 1959 K 1967 U
1952 D 1960 L 1968 V
1953 E 1961 M 1969 W
1954 F 1962 N 1970 X
1955 G 1963 P
1956 H 1964 R
Some say this code
worked on their single shot shotguns as well, but this is not
Manufacture dates can sometimes be found using a serial number or
different codes stamped on the firearms. For further information we
recommend the STANDARD BOOK OF FIREARMS by Ned Schwing and DATES OF
MANUFACTURE series by D.R. and M.T. Morse. The STANDARD BOOK OF
FIREARMS also provides a general guide for pricing, as well as, very
detailed information on different firearms. The DATES OF MANUFACTURE
series are great guides in a "pocket book" format that can be carried
with you while visiting the shops and gun shows. A good source of the
information was taken from these fine books. The links provided is for
the purchasing of these books.
To purchase a book from
the DATES OF MANUFACTURE series. Please follow this link.
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