Stevens Model .22/.410. Simple combination gun based on a centre hammer, top lever shotgun action, adapted with two firing pins and and a button on the right of the action to select the barrel for firing. The lower barrel uses a conventional cam-operated extractor, but the .22 barrel employs a spring-loaded plunger style extractor. This example has a stock and foreend made of 'Tennite', a plastic with a mottled brown appearance.
introduced in c.1938 as a small game or vermin destruction gun, this simple yet handsome arm enjoyed popularity and a long production run (after 1950 as the Savage Model 24). This example has 'Tennite' stock and foreend. This early attempt at a synthetic stock suffered from brittleness, and was replaced eventually with wood (although synthetics returned much later in its production). There are rumours of wartime USAAF purchases as a survival gun for air crew, but this example is definitely part of the 1949 USAF acquisition. Other known USAF examples are s/ns 49-3395 and 49-1313. On this example the USAF marking is engraved with a vibro-pencil, on another it is clearly stamped, and a third is described as 'etched'.
1) stamped on left side of shot barrel
2) stamped on right side of shot barrel
3) stamped on right side of rifle barrel
4) vibro-pencil engraved on underside of action
5) stamped on bottom of action
6) stamped in breech
1) STEVENS & STEVENS ARMS COMPANY CHICOPEE FALLS MASS. U.S.A. MODEL .22-.410
2) PROOF TESTED .410 BORE - 3 INCH CHAMBER -
3) .22 LONG RIFLE