Nitro special 1885


July 24, 2011, 10:27 AM
My Grandson who is 10 spotted this gun at a open market.The serial number is 407. Can anyone tell him anything about it. We looked online to find alittle but not much this is his first gun.

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Smokey Joe
July 24, 2011, 11:16 AM
Cell Phone Hugger--Glad to have you on THR!

We'll need a little more info to help you with your gun value question. Manufacturer? Model number? General condition? For what cartridge? "Nitro Special" doesn't sound like a model name, and certainly is not a manufacturer.

Best of all would be photos: Shot of the whole firearm, both sides, and close shots of any markings. The higher the quality of the photos, the more help they are.

Ron James
July 24, 2011, 12:25 PM
The only information you've furnished is a name, Nitro Special. Is it a shotgun? If it is , Nitro Speciall was used by Stevens arms on single barrel shotguns. How did I do? Did I guess it right? Did I win anything?:D:D:D

July 24, 2011, 03:36 PM
Ok it is a 12 ga and on the top of the barrel is reads choked borded pat applyed for laery co chicopee falls mas and the seral number is 407. I will try to up load pictures. Thanks so much.

Ron James
July 24, 2011, 03:50 PM
If it is a single barrel, then yes it was made by Stevens Arms Co., Nitro Special was a Trade name. It would be a version of the Stevens Model 94. Well made, dependable shotgun, no manufacturing dates available but I would guess prior to WWII

July 24, 2011, 04:00 PM
What about the pat applyed for and the serial number, I looked it up and it reads to be made in 1885 but I'm not sure.

Ron James
July 24, 2011, 07:35 PM
Patent's can run up to 37 years after they are approved. Nitro is an old term for smokeless powder, so the name is a play on it being strong enough for smokeless powder. Your shotgun was not made in 1885 Add info: Unless the chamber length is marked on the shotgun, it would be a good ideal to measure the chamber length. Prior to the 1920's , many 12 gauge shotguns were chambered for 2 1/2, 2 5/8 cartridges. A 2 3/4 shell will chamber and fire in the older shorter chambers but will build up excessive and unwanted pressure. It is always better to err on the safe side.

July 25, 2011, 09:45 PM
thanks so much.. I needed that he will be so happy to know!

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