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J Stevens Arms Co. 410

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OK. Here's another one:

"J Stevens Arms Company"
"Chicopee Falls, Mass USA"
also stamped with "410 gauge only"
also has #"17" in circle underneath when barrel is broken down
with # "4517" beside this
SINGLE-BARREL all metal, approx 6" length barrel
IN GOOD CONDITION, still fireable

Husband thinks it has a wood stock on it, with brass/metal on bottom of the stock

:?: How much do ya'll think it's worth? Are the #s serial #s and factory locations, or what? How old do you think it may be? Any other information would be helpful-- we're researching it for dad.
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:!: :!: I don't have my references handy to identify the exact model, BUT THIS IS CLASSIFIED AS A CLASS III FIREARM BY THE BATF. If you are in the US and do not have papers showing that it was registered, possession of this gun may result in a fine up to $250,000 and/or a 10 year stay in a federal penitentiary!! Short-barrelled shotguns became illegal under the Gun Control Act of 1934.

Does this make a difference in legality or value?:

It LOOKS like/IS a pistol,... not a shotgun,... but it uses a .410 shell. Someone has told us that it used to be referred to as a "buggy gun". And I made a BIG ERROR: it has a 10" barrel .

Nope not a bit, a shotgun barrel has to be 18 inches long to not have to have been registered with the BATF. And then there's the issue of overall length...

This shotgun pistol was based on the Crescent Certified Shotgun and is quite collectable

Here's the values were it a legal gun..
Grading 100% 98% 95% 90% 80% 70% 60%
$1,200 $1,000 $900 $800 $700 $600 $500
Here is a link to the National Firearms Act:
Read Section 5845 a. There is an exception for antiques (manufactured prior to 1899) and anything placed on the Curio and Relic list. The Stevens Arms Company marking was not used until 1916, so it doesn't qualify as an antique. Here's the C&R List but no Stevens shotgun pistols are listed.
No Stevens shotguns are on it.
So, if it wasn't registered, it's illegal to buy, sell, or possess. If it was registered but you don't have the papers, the BATF is supposed to be able to find the records and reissue the the certificate, but I've heard that they probably won't be able to find their copy either.
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