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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-26-2012, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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Stevens question

A guy brought a double barrel .410 marked Stevens Arms to our meat shoot sunday.

It had no serial numbers anywhere just a circle with either a zero or an O inside the circle and NY beside the circle (inside the forearm & on the underside of the barrels). It also had 5100 stamped on the side.

Looked like a plastic buttplate, machine checkering.

Anyone have any info on this shotgun, year of mfg etc.

Nice clean looking little shot gun, tight with a little normal wear.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-26-2012, 09:21 PM
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Re: Stevens question

The 5100 was the pre 311 shotgun. In the early 30s Stevens made the 5000, in the early 40s it became the 5100 and in the late 40s it became the 311. You have a precurser to the 311.




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Re: Stevens question

It's interesting that it doesn't have a serial #.

Thanks for the info.

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Re: Stevens question

Lots of utility grade guns from thast era did not have serial numbers. Alot of the Winchester .22's did not, hundreds of thousands of them. A small gauge 5100 is a fun gun, and good shooters too.

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Re: Stevens question

It wasn't required by law to put on a serial # back them. Many companies didn't do it so the could save money on stamping a number.

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Re: Stevens question

It is a really nice tight gun in great shape for it's age.

I have seen lots of "hardware store" guns with no # it just suprised me to see a "name" gun with no numbers.

Thanks for all the info guys

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Re: Stevens question

It wasn't until 1968 that serial numbers were required.

While it may appear to have no SN, on some guns the SN is hidden under the stocks, grips, or even within the closed action.

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Re: Stevens question

Early 311s don't have them either. I think I have a 16 gauge 311 from 1961 that does not have a serial #

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