Stevens Arms and tool company markings used from 1888-1916 The model 16 was the first in the Stevens line to have an automatic ejector. Before this a pocket-knife, screwdriver or some thin bladed tool was used to pry the empty shells. It appears on this rifle that the ejector is worn down as when the right side lever is pushed down and the ejector moves back it does not quite reach the edge of the round receiver at the 6 oclock position. I am not sure if this has the auto or plain ejector that was also made. In the days this model was made the ammunition was black-powder and the idea of the auto-ejector was to keep soot off the fingers as well as easier unloading. This serial # x222 has a standard 20 inch barrel, it is .22 caliber. The model 16 was also made in a .32 short. The take down screw operates well as does the rifle. It has a case hardened frame which was believed to be the first to have a case hardened multi-colored frame and a hard rubber butt plate as most boys rifles had a metal butt plate. It has a stepped down barrel at the end of the forearm. It has a slight chip on the left side end of the forearm at the step-down otherwise the wood is in excellent condition with no cracks or other breaks. It weighs three and three quarters pounds and sold for $4.00 in 1901. The model was made from 1900 -1913. The blueing is good. It has the slight rough feel of rifles this age and the right hand twisted barrel bore is somewhat rough and little pitted usual for guns this age. There were 3variations of the Crack shot model 16. The first introduced model 16 in 1900 with a thumb safety which only lasted two years because of lack of smooth fast operation when hunting squirrels or rabbits. The second like this one. A model sixteen and one-half smooth bore. This rifle is operated in a rolling block fashion, cocking the hammer at full cock and then the breech block is opened by pushing on a lever on the right side of the frame. While most of the model sixteens were made to shoot .22 short this one has the .22 long rifle marking on the top frame. This model 16 is entirely different than the Crackshot model twenty-six.
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