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 Post subject: Old Stevens Browning 16ga. pump
PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 2:34 pm 
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Grandpa left me a Stevens Browning 16 gauge pump shotgun. Made by J. Stevens Arms Co. Chiocopee Falls, Mass. It is marked model 620, #U66157. I would like to know the year it was made. It is priceless to me. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Old Stevens Browning 16ga. pump
PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 7:32 pm 
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As far as I know, there is no published listing for serial numbers-year made tables for Stevens shotguns. Your best bet would be to contact the Stevens historian at the address below and ask him.
Older Stevens Historical Research
Mr. John Callahan
53 Old Quarry Road
Westfield,MA 01085
Be advised there is a $15.00 research fee per gun


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 Post subject: Re: Old Stevens Browning 16ga. pump
PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 9:19 pm 
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The M620 was made from 1910 & 1953. As Ned mentioned, John Callahan is your best bet.

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 Post subject: Re: Old Stevens Browning 16ga. pump
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 10:33 am 
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Those dates are wrong. The J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co. introduced their humpbacked John M. Browning designed 12-gauge pump the No. 520 and its higher grades 522, 525, 530 and 535 in 1910 as well as its 3-inch 20-gauge version the No. 200. After WW-
I, Savage Arms Corp. took over and operated the factories at Chicopee Falls as the J. Stevens Arms Co. J. Stevens Arms Co. continued to make the 12-gauge only No. 520 and 522 through at least 1925. By 1928, J. Stevens Arms Co. revised the gun with a streamlined receiver and it was offered in 12- and 16-gauges as the No. 620 with a plain barrel for $41.50 suggested retail and No. 621 with a matted rib for $46.50 suggested retail. By 1930 20-gauges had been added to the No. 620 now $38.95 and the No. 621 now $44.00. For some reason they are not shown in the January 15th, 1931, Wholesale Price Sheet?!? By the March 15th, 1933, Wholesale Price List they are back, with the No. 620 now having a suggested retail price of $27.95 and the No. 621 now $31. By 1937 the prices are up to $33.65 for the No. 620 and $37.00 for the No. 621 plus $.15 extra for the three-shot magazine plug. By 1940 the prices were up to $36.25 and $39.75 and they also offered a No. 620-P with an Aero-Dyne Polychoke for $41.25. 1941 brings another new version the No. 620-SC Skeet Grade with feather crotch walnut, a big beavertail extension slide handle and fitted with a Cutts Compensator for $69.00. The No. 620 was $39.50, the No. 621 was $43.00 and the No. 620-P was $44.55.

After WW-II the Savage factory at Utica, New York, went to making washing machines for the post-war housing boom and Savage consolidated their firearms operations at Chicopee Falls. In their combined 1947 catalogue the offerings were the No. 620, No. 620-P and a No. 620-C with a Cutts Compensator. The solid rib No. 621 didn't survive the War. For 1948 Model 620 was $69.95, Model 620-C was $91.85 and the Model 620-P was $83.40. For 1949 they added a Model 820 with solid frame and plain uncheckered stock for $53.90 and a Model 620-PV with a ventilated Polychoke for $$97.30. The Model 620 was $75.45 and the Model 620-C was $99.35. For 1950 and 1951 the offerings were the same and I don't have price lists for those years. By 1952 the cheaper Model 820 is taking over and only the Model 620 remains and it now has a ringed slide handle in place of the previous checkered one and the retail price is $75.00. The again show the Models 620-P, 620-C and 620-PV in the 1953 catalogue, but only have the Model 620 on the price list at $75.00. For 1954 the 820 is replaced by the Model 77 and the take-down Model 620 is still listed, but now with a bigger extension slide handle and the price still $75.00. The Stevens Model 620 is still shown in the 1955 Savage/Stevens/Fox Catalogue, but gone from the 1956.


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 Post subject: Re: Old Stevens Browning 16ga. pump
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 12:57 pm 
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Thank you for those of you who responded, especially researcher 1. I will follow up with a letter to Mr. John Callahan as well. Thanks again. Ecliptic


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