Stevens single shot .12 gauge ID help.


April 23, 2003, 09:52 PM
My Father in law gave me a Stevens single shot .12 gauge before he died. This was sitting in his closet for many years. Overall it's in ok shape. (I guess) The only markings I can find are on the barrel and say: choke bored*electro steel*pat.dec.11.1900 That's all I have to go on. Anyone know what it is like model number or how old it might be?


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April 24, 2003, 04:58 AM

From your description your shotgun sounds like the Stevens Mod 94, which was made from 1939-1961. There is liitle collector value on this shotgun, and many were made.

Here in my part of the country this shotgun, in 36"bbl with full choke is used at turkey shoots and does very well. I have even seen them scope mounted for this purpose.


April 24, 2003, 10:32 AM

It looks nothing like this. (edit: from that angle it kind of looked like a bolt action. mine still doesn't quite look like this one) It's a break open. It has a very small wooden handguard that is a seperate peice from the shoulder stock. I was cleaning it last night, and the ejector looks very crudely made. I don't know if it's damaged or if it's just poor quality.

April 24, 2003, 10:39 AM
Ok, I checked the Steven's section on Guns America, and the closest one it looks like is the 311.

April 24, 2003, 10:43 AM
Ok, this gun also looks kind of like it. They are calling it a 94, but the one I looked at on Guns America didn't look like this one???

Any place were I can see the Stevens line?

April 24, 2003, 12:06 PM
The 311, if my memory serves is a dbl bbl, the 94 is a single bbl and you had mentioned it was a sngl bbl. Both photos presented are the 94. There is something lying next to the one gun, (probably to hold it at that angle,) that's why it may look like a bolt action. It is not an intrigal part of the gun. You can plainly see the break open lever on the top of the tang.

There may be some variations in the model due to the length of time it was mfg'd. so yours may not look exactly like the one shown. Possibly a beaver tail forearm, or a splinter forearm, or maybe a slightly differnt shaped stock.


April 24, 2003, 01:25 PM
The part on the 311 that it looks like is how the forend tapers in more. I'm going to have to put it back together, and take a pic. It's been so long since I initially took it apart, that I'm not even sure of what it looks like. From what I can recall it looks very similar to this

January 26, 2011, 12:21 PM
Stevens made millions upon millions of single, double & pump shotguns over the years. They were made cheaply & simply. Although the various gun auctions and gun boards are showing unwarranted high prices for these shotguns, most of the sales of the gun at unreasonable prices do not sell.

Stoeger & Mossberg make new shotguns that sell for $250 to $300. These are decent shotguns with none of the issues that the old Stevens shotguns have.

Many of the Stevens/Springfield/Savage/JCHiggins were made for Sears, JC Penneys, Western Auto and a dozen other retailers. They sold (new) for $75. to $125. The biggest problems with these guns was the stocks. They were made of a hardwood that almost invariably splintered, which made them undesirable when compared to other shotguns that were made of better wood and that were designed in such a manner as to not split.

My opinion is that a new Stevens if you could find one, other than the ones being made in South American today, would be worth anywhere from $100. to $200. (depending on condition). These guns were mass produced and are not worth what many owners think they are. There is a lot of hype about collecting this shotgun and I attribute it to the sheer number (millions) of them sitting around not being used. In other words, the hype is self serving and does not reflect the real value of these entry level shotguns. Just because the gun is old doesnt make it valuable.

February 8, 2011, 06:37 PM
i was recently in a car accident and lost my arm and im looking for a lightweight semiautomatic for sporting clays and need some help loking for the right gun. when it comes to the recoile i dont care as long as the guns are reliable. any suggestions

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