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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-27-2007, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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I believe it was produced by Stevens years before that company was bought out by Savage. anyone know anything about these shotguns? I bought this years ago from a friend who had it in his family a looong time. 23/4 in. barrel, full choke, nice light wood stock and forend. Bead sight. Has a dog etched into the receiver- not sure what type of metal the receiver is though.
I am trying to figure out how old it might be.
Still works fine. My kids all learned to hunt with it.
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On the barrel, near the frame, or on the frame, you will find a very small circle or oval with one or two numbers, and a letter stamped within it. Sometimes it is VERY small, and you need a magnifying glass to see the letter(at least I do, LOL). That single letter is the key to when it was manufactured. Click on this link, and you'll have the info you need to determine what year it was made if you can find that circle or oval with the letter in it.

http://www.cylindersmith.com/savage24/datecode.html

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thanks that was the first solid lead I had on this question. It looks like SP or maybe 5P on the barrel making it 1963 or 1965. Funny the way my friend described having this gun I thought it might be even older than that.

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i have a model 940 the numbers are 14h in the oval i think its 1956 made but whats the numbers stand for does anyone know.
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My first firearm is a Model 940A .410 - Santa Claus brought it in 1964 IIRC. Mom & Dad knew it was coming because they kicked in a couple boxes of 7 1/2 shot. No telling how many shells from slugs to birdshot have been fired. Still have it and still shoot it...

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The Stevens Model 940 was made from 1961 to 1970 - per the Gun Trader's Guide book I have.
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thanks that was the first solid lead I had on this question. It looks like SP or maybe 5P on the barrel making it 1963 or 1965. Funny the way my friend described having this gun I thought it might be even older than that.

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I also have a Stevens 410ga that I am trying to figure out the manufacture date of.
Attached are three pictures - The first one shows the general location of the stamp.
Crop 1a shows the close up (no camera flash - using an auto correct feature in the photo editor)
Crop 2 shows the close up (with camera flash)

Joe - I am thinking the same thing - - the stamp is either "SP" or "5P" in Crop 1a it looks more like "5P" and in Crop 2 it looks more like "SP".

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