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I have a Springfield/ J. Stevens model 87 and I 'm trying to find out when it was made It has one patent number ( 2094577) and under that it says "Others Pending". It doesn't say Model 87A. Just ( Springfield J. Stevens Arms company model 87. And under J. Stevens it has " Chicopee Falls Massachusetts". Any help would be appreciated.

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Dating Savage/Stevens rifles - specific to the Model 4, 5, 6 and 85, 86, 87 series and variants. (But may also be applicable to other models)

The easiest is by the alpha code contained in the inspectors mark.
The alpha code should be preceded by one or two numbers enclosed in a circle on top of the barrel, typically between the rear sight & the receiver. Disregard any marking outside of the circle.

Here are date codes from 1949 thru 1970.
A=49, B=50, C=51, D=52, E=53, F=54, G=55, H=56, I=57, J=58, K=59, L=60, M=61, N=62, P=63, R=64, S=65, T=66, U=67, V=68, W=69, X=70 (Note O and Q were not used)

Prior to 1949 there was no alpha code and other methods must be used to date the rifle.

Location of manufacture -
Utica, NY dates it to 1946 or before
Chicopee Falls is 1938-1960
Westfield, Mass is 1960- and later

patent #
single 2094577 patent was registered in 1937
If it contains the patent # RE22585 it is post 1945 (This is a post war reissue patent)

MUCH more here: Savage, Stevens, Springfield, Clone Data Base
 

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Greetings and Salutations

Dating Savage/Stevens rifles - specific to the Model 4, 5, 6 and 85, 86, 87 series and variants. (But may also be applicable to other models)

The easiest is by the alpha code contained in the inspectors mark.
The alpha code should be preceded by one or two numbers enclosed in a circle on top of the barrel, typically between the rear sight & the receiver. Disregard any marking outside of the circle.

Here are date codes from 1949 thru 1970.
A=49, B=50, C=51, D=52, E=53, F=54, G=55, H=56, I=57, J=58, K=59, L=60, M=61, N=62, P=63, R=64, S=65, T=66, U=67, V=68, W=69, X=70 (Note O and Q were not used)

Prior to 1949 there was no alpha code and other methods must be used to date the rifle.

Location of manufacture -
Utica, NY dates it to 1946 or before
Chicopee Falls is 1938-1960
Westfield, Mass is 1960- and later

patent #
single 2094577 patent was registered in 1937
If it contains the patent # RE22585 it is post 1945 (This is a post war reissue patent)

MUCH more here: Savage, Stevens, Springfield, Clone Data Base
Thank you so much. You've supply me with the information I needed. Looks like my gun was produced between 1938 and 1940. I found 3 patents for this gun and they were filed in 1939 and excepted in 1940. So I'm thinking if the gun was produced after 1940 it would have listed those patent numbers on the barrel.

Thanks again Popeye
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