Springfield 5100 12g double
Recently purchased a Springfield (Stevens) 5100 12g double (tenite stocks). I wish I could post a pic of the shiny purplish receiver. it really looks nice, but not the same look as my '50s 311s. Having a difficult time sorting through some confusion about when it was made. It is stamped Springfield J Stevens Arms Company Chicopee Falls, Mass USA on left side, 5100 on right side. Has a circled C inside. Pretty simple I thought, C means it was made in '51, right? But then some of the things I have read: Stevens dropped the Springfield name from the line in '48. The 5000 became 5100 in '31, and lasted till '40, when it changed to 311. So, I do not know what is what anymore. I had thought I had a pretty decent understanding of some of Stevens history, but now I'm not so sure. Can anyone help clear up the situation?
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