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 Post subject: Information on OXFORD ARMS
PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:28 am 
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Can anyone give me the answer to what is the history of the company and what is the value on oxford arms april 20 1915 12 ga. double barrel shotgun 1 barrel mod. the other full,side by side barrels. Thanks....

 Post subject: Re: Information on OXFORD ARMS
PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:22 am 
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Your gun is what is known as a "trade name" gun. It was originally made by J. Stevens Arms Co. for some retailer.distributor who chose the name to be stamped on the guns. The key that the gun was made by Stevens is the April 20, 1915, patent date. 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 axel. 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 (circa 1914), 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. J. Stevens Arms Co. continued to make this gun during the 1920s as the Riverside No. 315. By 1925 the 20-gauge and .410-bore were added to the No. 315. The same action was also introduced as the Stevens No. 330 with a capped pistol grip walnut stock, while the Riverside had a half-pistol grip walnut stock. My Mother's double marked "Ranger" was one of these. By 1930 they dropped the Riverside name and the gun was the Springfield No. 315. For 1931 they introduced the Springfield No. 311 which was a similar gun but with an uncheckered "walnut finish" stock. These guns remained in the line up to WW-II. After WW-II the No. 311 emerged as a cheaper version of the Fox Model B action with a Tentite stock and forearm as a Springfield No. 311 in 1947. By 1948 the Springfield name was gone and the same gun was a Stevens No. 311.

 Post subject: Re: Information on OXFORD ARMS
PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:43 am 
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Oxford Arms Co. was one of the tradenames used by Belknap Hardware, Louisville

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