Stevens Favorite Model 1894 sporting rifle

Catalogue number
  • FIR 5113
Department
Exhibits
Dimensions
  • whole: Length 37.0 in
Alternative names
  • full name: Stevens Favorite Model 1894 sporting rifle
  • simple name: rifle, moving block
Creator
Category
Weapons and ammunition

Physical description

Stevens Favorite Model 1894 sporting rifle. Single shot boy's rifle made on the Favorite action, which has a falling breech block worked by an underlever. The Favorite went through several modifications after its introduction in 1889, this being an example if the 1894 version, the first major modification with a new form of main spring. 'Half' octagonal barrel with single standing leaf 'v' rear sight and Beech pattern folding front sight (offering a choice between an 'ivory' bead and a fine Paine-style bead), an aperture sight on the top tang, and a straight grip stock (repaired) with shotgun butt plate (damaged).

History note

the most expensive and best of Stevens' boy's rifles, designed by Joshua Stevens. The basic version was the Favorite No. 17, with open sights. This is probably an No. 18 or 19, as it has an aperture sight on the tang.

Roll engraved on top of barrel

J. STEVENS A. & T. CO. CHICOPEE FALLS, MASS. U.S.A. PAT. APR. 17. 94.

Engraved on top of barrel

ARMSTRONG & CO. NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE 40016

Moulded into butt plate

STEVENS FAVORITE

Stamped on lower tang & underside of barrel

60104

Stamped on left of barrel & left of chamber

British proof marks