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A Whole Lotta Stevens Going On: When 13 Favorites Came to Our Shop


A Service Shop customer brought in more than a dozen guns he inherited from his late father. Thirteen of them are Stevens Favorite single shot rifles in various calibers including 22 LR, 32 Rimfire and something we think is .44 Long (if you have any insight, please share!). Stevens introduced the Favorite model in 1889, roughly 2 years after they allegedly invented the .22 LR cartridge. The rifle's popularity exploded in Britain, where a large market for 'rook guns' existed for folks who wanted a method of pest control (rooks are in the crow family). 🐀🐇

Overall, about a million were produced and thirteen of them ended up in our shop!