Where can you get information about a Stevens Marksman rifle marked J. Stevens Arms Company Chicopee Falls Mass USA?
This is one of several Stevens' boy's rifles dating from the
late 19th and early 20th century, made in Chicopee Falls, Mass.
They sold for less than ten dollars each, some for less than five.
Remember, that was a week's wages for many! This model has an
external hammer and an under lever/trigger guard, which when pulled
down, allows the rifle to hinge in the middle, similar to a double
barrelled shotgun. Upon opening, the extractor catches the rim of
the case and frees it from the chamber so that it can be removed.
The open chamber is now ready to reload. Closing the action brings
the hammmer to half-cock. The hammer must be manually cocked to
fire. These little rifles were made in .22, .25, and .32 rimfire.
There were also .410 and .44 shot models on the same type action,
though they were called by another name. Dating can be done
somewhat by the exact use of the name. If I remember, I think "J.
Stevens A & T" was used before and almost up to 1900. "J.
Stevens Arms and Tool" was used after the turn of the century.
"Stevens Arms" was used after about 1910 until Savage bought them
out in 1920. After that Stevens was still used as a brand, but
there was also a Savage logo nearby.