Stevens/Savage date codes

DeanMk

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Just ran across this info and thought I'd pass it along.....

You will find a date code stamped on every shotgun & rifle/shotgun in the Savage/Stevens brands produced between March 1949 and December 1968. Usually, it is behind the hinge pin on the barrel(s) or ahead of the trigger guard on the bottom of the frame.
It will sometimes appear as a small circle containing a number and a letter. The letters correspond to the years shown

A 1949 B 1950 C 1951 D 1952 E 1953 F 1954 G 1955 H 1956 I 1957
J 1958 K 1959 L 1960 M 1961 N 1962 P 1963 R 1964 S 1965 T 1966
U 1967 V 1968 W 1969 X1970

no date code, earlier gun.


This is new to me and, especially with the Model 94 shotguns, I had always understood that dates codes didn't exist for those guns.
Check your own Stevens/Savage and see if this is a valid claim.
I have no reason to not believe this (especially considering how comprehensive the info is), so I'm taking it as Gospel until I find out otherwise.


Dean
 

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