Sav22· Premium Member
John, Stevens was always located in Chicopee Falls from it's founding in 1864 until it was eventually absorbed into Savage - Savage, a totally different company founded in 1893, bought them in 1920; until the late thirties Savage ran them as somewhat seperate fully owned subsidiary. It was Savage Arms that moved from Utica, NY to the Stevens facilities in Chicopee Falls after WWII. Stevens had basically just became a brand name for lower priced version of Savage models by the 1940's, most of the earlier Stevens only designs had been dropped by then. Before the move Stevens always had seperate product & parts catalogs; after WWII Savage, Stevens, & Springfield models were all in a combined catalog. Today many people use Savage & Stevens interchangably - this should not be the case IMO - from 1920 to WWII they still were quite different even though Savage Arms owned them both and before 1920 they were seperate companies as different from each other as any other companies at the time.Thanks for the info!
This 56 is marked Springfield ,manufactured by J.Stevens Arms Company ,Chicopee Falls Mass. . So I reckon it was made after the move from Ithica NY.
The only other marks on it is a 4 in a circle, at the breach-end of the barrel.
Have you heard anything about the performance ? I haven't shot it yet ;besides it needs a front sight anyway.