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J Stevens Arms Co Model 55

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by flyguru, May 13, 2009.

  1. flyguru

    flyguru New Member

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    Want to know about this rifle?

    I just revieved a .22 rifle from my cousin as a Birthday gift. The rifle was my grandfathers and was the first rifle I ever fired as a child. I have done several searches to find some information about it. On the top of the barrell is stamped Stevens, followed by:
    Manufactured by J Stevens Arms Co
    Chicopee falls, Mass. USA. CAL .22 S.L. or LR MODEL 55

    On the bottom of the barrel is stamped:

    STEVENS Buckhorn RIFLE

    Any information would be great.

    Thanks
     
    Last edited: May 17, 2009
  2. flyguru

    flyguru New Member

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    I'm new to this forum. Do I have the correct one even though I do not need to know about the value? I just want to have an idea about the firearm as well as the history.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
     

  3. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    flyguru, welcome to the forum. You have posted in the right place, but if you add some pictures it would help identify the rifle. I don;t know anything about this rifle, for that matter, I can't even find anything individually on the Model 55 in the Blue Book of Gun Values. I am sure that someone will come along that will be able to help you.
     
  4. flyguru

    flyguru New Member

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    Thanks for the reply. I will take some photos and post them as well. I have not been able to find anything regarding the model 55 as well. Somewhat a mystery?
     

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  5. RJay

    RJay Well-Known Member

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    The reason you haven't found much information on your rifle, is because there were so many Steven/
    Savage bolt action single shot rifles made over the past century very few reference books even list them . The
    Standard Catalog of firearms lumps all of the Seven's utility bolt action 22's together , they do not list them singularly. It looks to be the presuccor ot the Model 15 so at a guess I would dat it to the 40's-50's
     
  6. flyguru

    flyguru New Member

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    Thanks for the Post. From what I have gathered so far the rifle was manufactured sometime prior to the late 1940's. After that the manufaturer name stamped on the barrel changed again.
     
  7. flyguru

    flyguru New Member

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    Re: information about this rifle

    Anyone?
     
  8. gazzmann

    gazzmann New Member

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    100.00 fair cond
    200.00 good to excellent.
    Great little single shot rifles. Excellent gift, real tack driver.
     
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  9. sneakyquick

    sneakyquick New Member

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    I have one of these for sale right now on gun!broker.com. I also did not know much about it or its value. The one I have is identical to the one you have. The stevens were very common guns. I believe that the more common gun is the model 56. However, a collector emailed me and this collector told me that this was actually a 1935 model stevens 55 based on the markings and that they only made 3500 that year. As a result it is extremely rare. He said mine was only the second one he ever saw and the other one was his. I would be interested in more info regarding this. But, you might have a highly collectible gun after all. Later stevens models are very common and not worth much.....Unfortunately for me, I decided to refinish the gun before I posted it on gun!broker because it had a few scratches and someone had painted a black inlay area right under the front of the barrel that was all chipped up....It looks great now. However, I was informed that since the gun is refinished it is worth less now even though it looks great. Check out my gun!broker listing for some pictures of my gun. I did not want to reload them here since I already have them there. I would like to know everyones thoughts on this collectors information.
    Here is the link to the gun
    133425841 is the item number on gun!broker

    Also for you collectors I am not soliciting any bids on my auctions but for fun, I just recently in an auction my dad told me about in the waycross ga area of someones collection I bought some really cool guns so take a look at my other auctions just to see some of the other collectible guns I got. I would like to know which ones you guys like. I also discovered that one of the guns I bought was a 1968 colt python first generation which is fairly collectible. Also the stevens, and also the colt pocket nine that they quit making is just crazy popular and getting a ton of bids. I thought about keeping the pocket nine because it is a cool little gun, but its selling hott rightn ow! Thanks guys for your input.
     
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  10. moosephart

    moosephart New Member

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    I just stumbled on this thread while looking for information on my dad's Stevens Model 55. It is the same stock and bolt as are pictured by flyguru. I would like to see more of the stock. Another person mentioned the black forestock. Ours is the same and chipped as well. We have not restored it. I can only date this roughly at this point. He got it as a child. He is 83 now. I would agree with the guy who says 1935 or thereabouts. I would really like to see more pictures from anyone who owns one. I will post some in a ffew days. There really is not much information out there on these, at least that I can uncover. Thanks for posting. It may be a fairly small group of folks who still own one of these. For the record, I am 60 and learned to shoot on this rifle myself when I was ten. I still use it here on the farm. Very accurate but getting a little more sensative about the ammo I feed it. Moose
     
  11. moosephart

    moosephart New Member

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    Did you ever sell the Stevens 55? Got any pics of it?
     
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    PS the black inlay on the forestock is original to the Model 55. Ours looks rough too, a bit chpped and dull, but it was not the product of a kid and a whim.