Antique 22 rifle

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  1. Wesley

    Wesley New Member

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    A friend found a 22 rimfire rifle in a house he bought and I'm trying to identify it!

    Single shot
    Lever action
    Drop breach

    see attached picture

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  2. zmire

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    I was looking through an old guns book at the local Barnes and Nobles and saw pics of old Stevens "Ideal", "Crackshot" and "Little Scout" rifles models 12, 14, 14, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 44. They sure resembled this one. Also, a search in Guns America http://www.gunsamerica.com/guns/976469441.htm showed a model 44 below that resembled yours. Antique gun collector sights would be able to tell you what model you have.

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    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

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    Hi Wesley......welcome to TFF! :)

    Yep.....looks like one of the Stevens "Ideal" or "Favorite" series of rifles.....and there were a whole bunch of 'em. To nail it down further, please give us any and all writing on it, exactly as it's written.

    Also, please give us the barrel length....from the breech to the end of the barrel.
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    It's not a "Favorite" Drop down trigger is wrong.
    I have my doubts it is even a Stevens.
    The top of the receiver being straight is not right for any of the Stevens Falling Blocks. They have a hump in them.
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  5. zmire

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    I don't know if it was a Stevens but it resembles some of the old models. They made a lot of similar rifles (see pic from my first reply and this reply) and these are the ones that I wrote down. There were a few more that probably weren't in the book. Here's some more examples I got from GunBroker.com. I know they are not exactly the same though but similar.

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    Note the receiver of the gun in question only has 2 screw holes on the left.
  7. zmire

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    22: 10/4 on receiver. That's why I said they were similar. I haven't found one exactly like it, but Stevens made a lot of models. The earliest in the book I was looking in started at model 12 and went up to 44 but skipped a lot of numbers in between. Do you know what other companies may have made "drop downs" in that era?

    I going back to look again tomorrow.
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    Ballard, Hopkin & Allen, are two that come mind
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    10/4 on that. I am going back to the book store today to buy a bluebook on guns. I'll check further on the mystery rifle and give an update.
  10. BobbyWins

    BobbyWins New Member

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    I don't know what it is,but I do know what it ain't.

    And it ain't a mod.44.

    As far as that goes,the pic in zmire's post ain't a 44 either.

    Ask me how I know. ;)

    BW
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  11. BobbyWins

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    That's cool,zmire.
    The point I was making is that the seller of that gun has it listed as a Mod 44 "Ideal",when it is actually a much lower valued "Favorite".Buyer Beware!

    BW
  12. zmire

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    :eek: Oh, Oh! I didn't catch that part. Guess it pays to be ever watchful and know what you're looking at. Thanks.
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    Your rifle is a Paige-Lewis Swinging block rifle.
    It is altogether unlike ANYTHING Stevens, or almost anybody else, built, in that the hammer, trigger, sear are all part of the breech block, and fall away with the block when the action is opened.
    It originally sold for $6.00 to $9.40, depending on grade, in the early 1920's.
    See DeHaas "Single Shot Rifles and Actions", page 223,for more info.
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    And the mystery is solved!!

    Thanks,stash!

    BW
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