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 Post subject: Stevens 5100 sxs 12 gauge
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:42 am 
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Wondering when it was made...left side of reciever says stevens and has a dog in some grass...right side says j stevens arms company chicopee mass usa....5100 underneath that...topside of receiver has letters a z d o with the a and z inside a circle on the left side...on the right side there is a single letter s...the same a z d o letter combo is underneath the barrels and forgrip...also on the bottomside and towards the front of the receiver is a small engraved heart...top of barrels say selected forged steel and proof tested 12 gauge 2 3/4 in chambers....barrels are 26" long...only date i have potentially found is between 1931 and 1941...any idea or knowledge would be much appreciated...i have pics but apparently dont know how to upload them correctly.




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 Post subject: Re: Stevens 5100 sxs 12 gauge
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:40 am 
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I know the name J. Stevens was used between 1920 and 1948. I think the letters you mentioned will give the date of manufacture. I am looking for my cheat notes on that one.


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 Post subject: Re: Stevens 5100 sxs 12 gauge
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:49 am 
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Savage has owned Stevens since 1927, and continued to use the name(s), even today on their Turkish-import Gold Wing O/U's.

There is no online SN/DOM dateing available - but - Savage caused their guns to be marked with a circled single-letter date code, stamped into the action and/or barrel bottoms, starting in 1949 with "A", progressing to the last year (1970) with "X".

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 Post subject: Re: Stevens 5100 sxs 12 gauge
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:32 am 
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J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co. was taken over by New England Westinghouse for war production during The Great War, and became J. Stevens Arms Co. The last J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co. catalogue was General catalog No. 54. I have a price list dated 1917 and a pocket catalogue dated 1919 that say J. Stevens Arms Co., and General Catalog No. 55 which is undated also says J. Stevens Arms Co. Catalogue No. 56, which is dated 1925, says "Owned and operated by Savage Arms Corp."

The 5000/5100 type action seems to have first appeared in the J. Stevens Arms Co. catalogue of 1940 on the new Tenite stocked Stevens No. 530M. Most other Stevens/Riverside/Springfield/trade brand hammerless doubles to come out of the factories at Chicopee Falls between the wars used the G.S. Lewis patent action which had strickers instead of hammers that rotate about an axle. The 5000/5100 action continued to be used on many Stevens doubles after WW-II up thru the 1950s.


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 Post subject: Re: Stevens 5100 sxs 12 gauge
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:18 pm 
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ok so probably after 1940 for sure?....if it was made in 1949 or after wouldnt it have the same dating system that everyone talks about for the stevens 311...the oval with a number and and letter in front of the trigger guard?


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 Post subject: Re: Stevens 5100 sxs 12 gauge
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:28 pm 
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Look on the bottom very front of the receiver. If it has a tiny oval, about 3/"16, there will be a number and letter inside. Letter A 1949, B 1950 etc.

Stevens lettering like on this one, I believe, was 1940 and prior.

http://gastatic.com/UserImages/194/9382 ... 567087.jpg

Stevens name and address is on the right side.

http://gastatic.com/UserImages/194/9382 ... 567086.jpg

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 Post subject: Re: Stevens 5100 sxs 12 gauge
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:51 pm 
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ok i dont see anything on the bottom of the receiver except the heart i mentioned in the original post. My gun has the exact same markings as the two pics you have there so i guess it is pre 1940


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 Post subject: Re: Stevens 5100 sxs 12 gauge
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:15 am 
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Hello,
I have a Stevens SMS 12 gauge with an ordinance (flaming bomb). Wood stock -needs work. What do I have and where can girt it fixed.




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