Stevens 311A Serial Number

Discussion in 'Technical Questions & Information' started by jim brady, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. jim brady

    jim brady Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2009
    Simla, Colorado
    Was going through my collection, logging serial numbers in case somebody ever ever gets into my safe. While recording numbers, I looked for the serial number on my 12 gauge 311A Stevens double barrel and couldn't find it.

    I've been into this for a several decades, and this is a first for me. I happened to have bought this one while I was working a Gun Show from a private party a while back, and this shotgun is less than 10 years old. Close examination shows NO grinding/sanding or tinkering anywhere, so I doubt if the number was removed. Just can't find it. I've taken it apart and looked over the receiver. Gotta be there - but where????? The only numbers I've found are a single digit number in a circle and the stamped letters 'ED' and 'AE' stamped on the receiver block under the barrels. This isn't old enough to be that early of a production.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2010

  3. jim brady

    jim brady Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2009
    Simla, Colorado
    Thanks for that info!!! I had no idea that was the case with Stevens. I thought (wrongly) that Stevens would have used serial numbers way before that.

    Looking at this shotgun I WOULD NOT GUESS it's age. It was mint and I only gave $150 for it. Looks to be a 1950 gun from those markings. The bore, wood and bluing were like it came right out of a box.

    People like you make this site a treasure chest of info. Thanks.
  4. GunHugger

    GunHugger Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2007
    SW PA
    Prior to 1968 serial numbers weren't required and many didn't use them.
  5. jim brady

    jim brady Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2009
    Simla, Colorado
    Thanks. Don't doubt this info for a second. I am surprised, though. Every firearm I've ever owned has had serial numbers - some of these go back to the 1880s. Every one except this one.

    I have a pre-Stevens 12 gauge single shot, and I seem to remember it has a serial number. I can't remember the name on that one (it's on my farm 85 miles from here). I use that one for coyotes that get a little too frisky after dark when I can't use the sights on my 92FS. Been a couple years, but that one I think is marked "American Arms Co - Chicopee Falls, Mass". Forgive me if I've butchered that one...... Great old shot gun and shoots really nice.
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