Sold For: $10,275.00
LSB#: 220530RC004, 220530RC005
Make: J. Stevens Arms Co.
Serial Number: 64652, 64653
Year of Manufacture: 1942-1945
Caliber: 12 Gauge 2 3/4” Shells
Action Type: Takedown Pump Action Shotguns w/ Tubular Magazines
Markings: The right side of each barrel is marked “J. STEVENS ARMS COMPANY / DIVISION OF SAVAGE ARMS CORPORATION / CHICOPEE FALLS, MASS. U.S.A.”. The left side of each barrel is marked “PROOF TESTED–12 GAUGE / –2 3/4 INCH CHAMBER”. These markings are properly marked at the rear where they are exposed behind the heat shields. The lower tangs are marked with the serial numbers, found again on the left of the barrel assemblies. The right side of each barrel shank is marked with a “P” proof and a flaming bomb ordnance mark. The top of the shanks and receivers are marked with “P” proofs. The left sides of the receivers are marked with “P” proofs, flaming bomb ordnance marks, “MOD. 520-30”, and “U S”. The fronst of the trigger guards are marked “M” and “S”.
Barrel Length: 20”
Choke: Fixed, Cylinder
Sights / Optics: Each shotgun has a brass bead at the front of the bayonet lug assembly. The tops of the receivers have serrated sighting planes.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece wood with a smooth forearm, semi-pistol grip, straight comb, and a serrated black hard rubber buttplate. There is a sling loop in the belly and at the rear of the bayonet lug.
64652: The stocks have a few light nicks and scratches, but no notable damage. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has light wear, mostly at the heel, with well defined serrationa. Overall, the stocks rate in about Fine condition.
64653: There is a notable scratch around the slide handle and a few other light nicks, scuffs and scratches. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has scattered light wear with well defined serrations. Overall, the stocks rate in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
64652: The bore is mostly bright. There is some minor oxidation in the bore near the muzzle.
64653: Thebore is bright. There is no erosion in the bore.
64652: This shotgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at most edges. There are some scattered tiny spots of minor surface oxidation. The action shows minor operational wear and there are a few light nicks, scuffs and scratches. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Fine condition.
64653: This shotgun retains about 94% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at most edges. There are some scattered tiny spots of minor surface oxidation. There is a notable nick on the top-left of the barrel toward the rear and one spot of more notable oxidation on the bolt. The action shows minor operational wear and there are a few light nicks, scuffs and scratches. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The actions function correctly. These shotguns can be slam-fired as designed. We did not fire these shotguns. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Each shotgun comes with a Remington Model 1917 bayonet with sheath and a green canvas sling. The sheathes are of notably different design and appearance, indicating that at least one is not original.
Our Assessment: John Browning filed a patent for a “hammerless” shotgun with a unique take-down barrel and locking breech block on 10 Jul 1903, it was approved on 7 Feb 1905 and along with a separate 27 Aug 1907 patent, which applied to the connection between the slide arm and the fore end, became what would be the Stevens Model 520 shotgun. The same design would also be used for brand-name guns made for Western Field and Sears and would slowly be developed and improved for the next few decades with the model 620 introducing a more modern rounded receiver shape. When the United States entered WWII, Stevens was one of the manufacturers called upon to produce arms for the military, and many of the 520/620 shotguns would be used for aerial gunnery training, recreation, guards and MPs.
This is a rare opportunity for collectors to acquire a pair of Stevens 520-30 Trench Guns which happen to have consecutive serial numbers! The guns have all of the proper markings and are in the proper serial range for U.S. purchased 520-30 trench guns, with the barrel markings behind the heat shields being a dead giveaway that they are genuine, as well as the typical plum hue to their bayonet lugs, characteristic of the Stevens trench guns. Better still, the guns are in great shape and each comes with a bayonet and sling. This is a truly exceptional pair which will add to even the most advanced collections. The 520-30s are one of the less common trench gun models and consecutive pairs don’t show up every day, maybe never again. Please see our photos and good luck!