My tiniest of shotguns - Stevens Favorite .22 Shot


May 18, 2013, 09:44 PM
Just got her today and am looking forward to checking a couple patterns tomorrow.
She's a nifty little smooth bore - take down. Points great and balances beautifully for carrying.
One question though for those who might know. While the operation seems fine and safe when I operate it fully manually, I do need to hold the lever up, consequently holding the breech block in battery in order to fire it and a cycling of the lever does not set the hammer.

So; I draw the lever fully through ejection, insert a round, lift the lever (holding it in place) and set the hammer.

Should the lever's full travel set the hammer and should the lever be self retained in the upper position with the hammer cocked as it is held when the hammer is not cocked?

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May 19, 2013, 04:49 AM
One thing to check as I found this cure on a different forum - same issue.

Mike, I resolved the problem by pushing the barrel as tightly into the received as physically possible.

Make sure your barrel is fully seated to the rear.

May 19, 2013, 06:37 AM
Hello friends and neighbors // My Model 26 " Crackshot" is exactly as you describe.

Without the hammer fully to the rear closing the lever can still cause the rifle to fire.

mnrivrat...thanks for the tip! //// edit...tried this but no good on my 26. It is up to me to fully cock the hammer and hold the lever up closing the block. My 26 might be too worn though.

ApacheCoTodd... beautiful old Stevens, looks like the original butt plate too very nice.
Have any idea on the DOM.?

May 19, 2013, 04:48 PM
mnrivrat - Yeah, you can see by the shadow in the first photo that there was a bit of room to seat the barrel deeper. Better now but still got some lever droop.

Yup content it has a very sweet original scripted butt plate. Jay Kimmel's book guides it as 1916 (Model 1915) to generally prior to 1920 as that was about the time a circled SVG was supposed to - again, generally - have been stamped on the side of the receiver. Mine does not have it.

Unfortunately, I did not get to pattern it today as I was motorcyclic and had to leave it behind.

May 23, 2013, 12:24 PM
Like so any of the estate sale firearms that I get, this one failed to fire.

Pull the rounds
No primer strikes
Pull the breech
Note the insufficient length pin
Pull the pin
Talk with the family....

"Oh yeah, Gramps was going around scaring the neighbors shooting rats (and cats) so I broke the tip off the pin... is that a problem?"

Funny how many estate guns I haven't got around to buying/making pins for.:)

May 23, 2013, 12:35 PM
I once got a little semi auto handgun from a family that wanted it gone after the owner died.

I gave it the once over on returning home. loaded it. Pulled the trigger and seven pieces of brass became airborne in about one second. Seems Pappa was talking suicide so his brother came over one day while he was out at the doctors, broke down the gun and pinched off the firing pin with a set of vise grips. The resultant mangled remains of the firing pin was just long enough to set off a primer and then stick solidly in the breach face. had to hammer it out with a punch. Made new pin and it has worked correctly since. Thank goodness the original owner never tried to carry out his threat, I think.

And yes when I asked I got the "Oh, Yeah....." routine.

Good luck on getting your little smooth bore to work. I was just writing about smooth bore .22s this morning on Rim Fire Central.


May 23, 2013, 12:44 PM
Holy guacamole KBOB, there's a scary example of doing the wrong thing for the right reason.

Confidence in the ability to get 'er going is high. If I ca't buy one, it's the simplest of pins top make.

Now, confidence in my drive to overcome procrastination? Well, that's a whole other kettle of fish. Like I said, I'm surrounded by these low priority "projects".

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