Need to identify an old shotgun


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Wavie
September 22, 2006, 10:18 AM
At age 64, I am only recently becoming interested in firearms, and I have next to no knowledge of terminology and names of parts, etc., so please bear with my attempts to describe my old single shot 12 gauge, which is in need of parts and repair. The only words engraved on the shotgun are: "Mass Arms Co Chicopee, Mass" on the side and "Choke Bored" on the top rear of the barrell. There are 5 characters which appear to have been stamped on the tang which juts to the rear of the trigger guard and which screws to the stock. Those characters appear to be the numbers "9", "4" and "0", as well as something which looks like a misshapen crescent moon with the points up and a "G". It appears from my clumsy online research that the Massachussetts Arms Company was absorbed by either J. Stevens or Winchester. I am trying to determine if the gun is worth repairing and whether parts are available. The most obvious problems are that the firing pin is missing and the stock is very loose and almost certainly needs to be replaced.
Any comments, suggestions or referrals are appreciated. I live in San Antonio, Texas in case anyone knows a good place for me to take the gun. Thanks, Wavie

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IllHunter
October 19, 2007, 10:21 AM
I too am searching for info on "Massachussetts Arms". I picked up a 12 ga SXS and wonder if I can find a repacement stock, or should I let it die? Any ideas

SDC
October 19, 2007, 11:05 AM
"Massachusetts Arms" was a name used by several manufacturers, including Savage, Stevens, and Crescent. The numbers on the tang will be the serial number "94006". There are enough parts guns out there that you should certainly be able to restore it to firing condition, but (unless it's a sentimental heirloom or similar) I have a hard time understanding why you'd WANT to.

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