Object Title

Rimfire breech-loading rifle - Stevens English Model 044 1/2 Rifle

Rimfire breech-loading rifle - Stevens English Model 044 1/2 Rifle

Date

about 1900

Object Number

XII.1829

Provenance

Transferred via Amnesty1968 from Northumberland Police.

Physical Description

Two piece stock, the fore-end retained by a screw into the underside of the barrel. Plain buttstock with shotgun buttplate, the plate of the stamped hard rubber with stag’s head chequered design, and the words ‘STEVENS CHICOPEE FALLS, MASS. U.S.A’. The foresight is a German silver blade dovetailed into the barrel. The backsight is a telescope mounted through a ring fitted with an elevating bracket on the left side of the receiver at the rear. The telescope is stamped, ‘CATARACT TOOL & OPTICAL CO. BUFFALO .N.Y.U.S.A PATENTS PENDING’. The half octagon barrel is blued , and is stamped on the top flat, ‘J. STEVENS A. & T. CO. CHICOPEE FALLS, MASS. U.S.A. PAT. And on the left flat Birmingham proof marks for a 22 LR are seen. This barrel has been sleeved by Parker-Hale from a .22.15.60 Single Shot Stevens centre-fire cartridge. The muzzle is stamped ‘PARKERFIELD A.G.P’
The receiver is the standard for this model and is brightly colour case hardened. Pulling the under-lever downwards pivots the breechblock downwards and backwards, opening the breech and operating the extractor. The external centre hammer is not half-cocked, which is the feature of most rifles of this type. The right flat of the receiver ring bears the Birmingham view stamp and NOTENGLISHMAKE.

Techniques

Colour case hardened

Materials

Dimensions

OverallLength41 in.
OverallLength1045 mm
BarrelLength25.87 inches
BarrelLength657 mm
WeightWeight3.3 kg
WeightWeight8 lb oz

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 18373

Calibre

0.22 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Patent
'J. STEVENS A. & T. CO. CHICOPEE FALLS, MASS. U.S.A. PAT'
Top of octagonal half of barrel, under telescope
Stamped
Export stamp?
'NOTENGLISHMAKE' next to View mark.
Right side of barrel
Stamped
Calibre stamp
.22.15.S.S
Left side of barrel
Stamped
Maker's mark
CATARACT TOOL & OPTICAL CO. BUFFALO .N.Y.U.S.A PATENTS PENDING
Top of scope
Stamped
Proof marks
Crown over BP NP Crown over BV
Right side of barrel
Stamped
Maker's mark
STEVENS (Decorative Stag's head) CHICOPEE FALLS, MASS. U.S.A.
On the butt of the gun, stamped into the rubber.
Stamped

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