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 Post subject: Mass. Arms Co. 12 ga. shotgun patented Dec 11 1900
PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 5:37 pm 
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Looking for information on the following shotgun:

12 ga. 30 inch Single shot break open shotgun

Mass. Arms. Co. Chicopee Falls, Mass. (stamped on left side of receiver)

Stamped on the barrell is "choke bored patented Dec. 11, 1900"

Stamped behind trigger guard on bottom of receiver: RE787

Plain stock no checkering no other markings on gun

Other searches on the internet has not produced much other than it was possibly made by Stevens Arms & Tool Co.

This gun was purchased in 1971 in Rib Lake, Wisconsin. Gun will fire intermittently but won't eject the shell. No plans to use this gun for anything other than hang on the wall but just wanted to find out how old it is and if it's worth anything.


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 Post subject: Re: Mass. Arms Co. 12 ga. shotgun patented Dec 11 1900
PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 6:24 pm 
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Your gun is a "trade name" gun manufactured by J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co. The patent date of December 11, 1900, refers to E.H. Elder's Patent No. 663,830 pertaining to the ejector mechanism. The patent was assigned to the J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co.

The very cheap "trade name" single-barrel shotguns are worth very little unless in near mint condition and in one of the smaller gauges, so $50 give or take.


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 Post subject: Re: Mass. Arms Co. 12 ga. shotgun patented Dec 11 1900
PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 8:09 pm 
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There were two makers of Mass. Arms Co. shotguns, Stevens Arms & Tool Company and Crescent Fire Arms Company. If the gun was made by Crescent it was made before 1915 and if by Stevens it was made after 1915. A quick way to identify the maker is to look at the butt stock where it joins the frame. A Crescent made gun will have a smooth joint. A Stevens made gun will have a small semicircluar projection in the wood. The guns were made for and sold by Blish & Stillingham Hardware Company of Atchenson,KS.
Don't confuse the gun with one named Massachusetts Arms Co although both guns were made by and for the same makers and sellers.


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