Thus I have Spoken

February 18, 2006

New addition

Filed under: Blogging,Firearms — steamdragon @ 8:52 pm

My latest addition to the home defense network
A J. Stevens tool and Arms Co. 12 ga. SxS shotgun.

Circa 1923 about.

All original, cylinder bore.

The nice thing about true external hammers, you can leave the hammers down with rounds in the chambers in perfect safety.

That way, the springs don’t get weakened by stress.

Intruder alert?

Grab, cock,point, pullbang, pullbang!

I feed it Speer Lawman reduced recoil loads of mixed #4 and 0 buck.

28 inch barrels, might need some professional attention, as they could stand to be shorter.

I havent decided yet.


Turns out that the J. Stevens Arms and Tool Co. marking shows that this shotgun was made between 1886 and 1915.

And it is a model 235. I somehow forgot to mention that when I first posted.

I think I’ll keep it the way it is…


  1. Sweet! Been looking for something like that our self. Good find.

    Comment by Civis Proeliator — February 18, 2006 @ 9:30 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks.
    Funny part was the seller didn’t think it would go, so he had it behind the table, under a bunch of stuff.
    I saw the muzzle poking out, and said,”What’s that?”

    Comment by steamdragon — February 19, 2006 @ 10:57 am | Reply

  3. Almost hate to cut something like that down. Wonder how hard it’d be to find an extra set of barrels.

    Comment by Civis Proeliator — February 21, 2006 @ 12:55 am | Reply

  4. That is a quandry.

    I’m looking around for 18s, but so far nuttin.

    Comment by steamdragon — February 21, 2006 @ 5:58 am | Reply

  5. Hey man,

    I just bought what I believe is a model 235 (the model number has a dent over the middle digit…). It has the same name stamping as yours, putting it in the same manufacturing date range. I was wondering if you’d found any information about serial numbers and date ranges for them? Or anywhere to get good parts or manuals for these cool guns. Also, my stock looks different from yours…the wood appears lighter and has etchings, along with what seems to be a plastic buttplate, leading me to think its not the original stock.

    Comment by hotrodvolvo — March 22, 2006 @ 9:53 am | Reply

  6. Ok,
    As I pull Sweet Baby Rain (She will rain Holey terror upon you if you break my door) into my lap, I see a walnut stock. With flat or English style checkering. The buttplate is bakelite (a kind of early plastic).It has upon it a scrolled "S" with the name "STEVENS " in blocked capital letters.
    An easy way to tell if the stock is original, is to pry off the forearm. Use your FINGERS! not a tool. Look at the underside of the forearm. Mine has the serial number stamped both in the wood, and the metal. It matches the serial number on the action.
    The rest of your questions I have no answer for, as I have not been able to find them for myself.

    I was somewhat troubled by the thought of shooting modern loads, in this -at least-91 year old gun. However, though consultation with five different gunsmiths I have decided that light trap loads, and reduced recoil 00 Buck will be all right. Most telling was one of the gunsmiths has the same gun he shoots trap with. His has damascus twist barrels. They ARE rather obvious. Mine is steel barreled, and may be an original factory replacement. He wasnt able to date his either, but he got it 40 years ago, he claims. Mine is 17xxx newer than his, though, (89XXX) Hope this helps! and thanks for commenting.

    Comment by steamdragon — March 22, 2006 @ 6:05 pm | Reply

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