Serial Number: 869
Year of Manufacture: Post 1929
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Action Type: Top Break Single Barrel Shotgun
Markings: The left side of the barrel is stamped “PROOF TESTED 12 GA.”, while the right is marked “1929 MODEL”. The bottom is marked with the serial number “869” as is the wooden fore grip and inside of the receiver. The bottom of the barrel also has a “K” and “C” proof mark. The left side of the barrel is stamped “G.A.R.T.” The left side of the receiver is stamped “STEVENS / THE FULLY / GUARANTEED / SIINGLE GUN”. The right side reads “J. STEVENS ARMS COMPOANY / CHICOPEE FALLS, MASS. U.S.A. / -----MADE IN U.S.A.-----“. The butt plate is molded with the Stevens “S” with “STEVENS” inside and a logo under that.
Barrel Length: 36”
Choke: The bore measures .659” at the muzzle.
Sights / Optics: The shotgun is mounted with a brass bead front sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are gloss finished hardwood with a hard plastic or phenolic butt cap. The LOP measures 13 ½” from the front of the trigger to the rear of the butt plate. The stocks rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Case Colored Receiver and Blue Barrels
Finish Originality: Factory original
Bore Condition: The bore is shiny but grey. There is slight erosion near the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 20% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows faded and worn case coloring on the receiver and dark brown patina on the barrel. There is no rust or erosion visible on the barrel and receiver. The screw heads are good and serviceable but do show some distress. The markings are mostly clear with the exception the left side receiver. Overall, this gun rates in about Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this shotgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: Here is a nice vintage simple, safe, reliable shotgun made in the USA. This makes a great first shotgun for the beginning scattergunner and is now legal to shoot for S.A.S.S. competitions.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This shotgun can be transferred in California.
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