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Stevens .22 with no SN

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ScottsGT, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. ScottsGT

    ScottsGT Well-Known Member

    How old would a rifle have to be for it to have no Serial Number? I just bought a Stevens .22 bolt action, hand feed, no magazine, from a friend. I started cleaning off the years of crud built up on the barrel, and did not find a SN. No, no marks of one being ground off, this rifle just never came with one on it. Any way to find out a date of mfgr?
  2. Sistema1927

    Sistema1927 Well-Known Member

    Serial numbers were not required on rifles prior to the GCA of 1968.
  3. Mannix

    Mannix Well-Known Member

    Well it would have to have been made before 1968, when serials numbers became mandatory. Are there any other identifying marks? Model/Series would be helpful in determining when it was made(approximately, at least).
  4. ScottsGT

    ScottsGT Well-Known Member

    There is the model number (cannot remember to save my life right now) and three pat. numbers and dates. It is a real simple design, a barrel with a bolt that slides into the back and a large leaf spring on the bottom that holds the bolt in place and the trigger is nothing more than a lever that lifts the spring to allow the bolt to slam home. Basically, the barrel is the receiver. I'll get some photos and post tomorrow.
    Cool thing about it is using Aquila .22's, it is quieter than my sons Daisey Red Rider. All you can hear is the bolt dropping and hear the bullet hit the target.
  5. Essex County

    Essex County Well-Known Member

    Model 15 seems to ring a bell. Essex

    KINGMAX Well-Known Member

    Stevens SN #

    I once had a single shot 12 ga. that my Dad took of of an old Vietnamize farmer back in 1961 when he was there. The SN = 12248.
  7. ScottsGT

    ScottsGT Well-Known Member

    That's it! I took a look at it this morning before work. Fun little rifle

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