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Lot 1462: World War II Stevens Model 520-30 Slide Action Trench Shotgun

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Lot 1462: World War II Stevens Model 520-30 Slide Action Trench Shotgun

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Estimated Price: $4,500 - $7,000
Price Realized:

World War II Stevens Model 520-30 Slide Action Trench Shotgun

Manufacturer: Stevens J Arms Co
Model: 520-30
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 20 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 350
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 333
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

A military variant of a John Browning designed sporting gun, the 520 trench shotgun was originally developed in response to a World War I request for new fighting shotguns for the American Expeditionary Force. It made a strong impression on the evaluators but did not make it into the field before the armistice was signed. Seeing potential for the gun on the police market, Stevens kept production going until 1932, and at the outbreak of World War II, the U.S. government bought every 520 that was still in the warehouse. Checked back into the arsenals at the end of the war, many were sent back into the field for the Korean War and Vietnam. Correct bayonet lug adapter and ventilated handguard. The right side of the barrel has the three-line Stevens Company address. The left side has the two-line gauge markings "PROOF TESTED-12 GAUGE/-2 3/4 INCH CHAMBER-". Choke gauges at cylinder. The left side of the receiver is stamped "MOD. 520-30", and it has the correct "P/Ordnance Bomb" proof on the left of the barrel and left front edge of the receiver. It has an all blue finish with smooth forearm and pistol grip stock with a black plastic buttplate. The stock and bayonet lug are correctly fitted with sling swivels. Length of pull is 14 inches.

Rating Definition:

Fine, retains 60% original blue finish with some areas of scattered light freckling, and defined markings and edges in the metal. Wood is very good with a gap at the receiver juncture, some light scratches and handling marks, a crack on the left rear of the forearm, and otherwise defined edges. Mechanically excellent.



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