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Serial Numbers on Stevens 44 1/2 ...
Apr 10th, 2019 at 11:52am
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J. Stevens Arms & Tool Company only produced Stevens Ideal 44 1/2's for a short period: 1904 to 1916.
Let's try to identify in what time frame of the 12 years yours or others known were made:

     
14                10096
785      1032 044      10118
704      1240            10350
     1278            10588
1339
     1495 044      10626

15821 W/O
     
1632            10753
1662            1107X
     1676            10844
     1749            11142
11578
11649
11680
     1859            
1921
     2186            12118
     2686            12154
     3332            12387
     3376            12509
     3678            12584
     3775            12853
12876
3810            12897
     3927            12913
     4208 16029
4255       18053
19317

     4602            
     4780            
     4851            
     5517            
     5538      
5774      
     7023            
     8452      
8935      
     9176            
     9253            
     9255      
9437      
     9831            
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Reply #1 - Apr 10th, 2019 at 12:18pm
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Mine is 12118 and has been rebarrelled. It was probably made the same day as yours John.
  
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Reply #2 - Apr 10th, 2019 at 12:29pm
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A worthwhile objective, but difficult because, unlike the 44, which went through several datable design changes, there's little to distinguish early from late 44-1/2 models except the ser. no.

Only change in markings I know of was the "Trademark-Stevens" marking applied to barrels, first shown in catalog #54, pub. 1914.
  
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Reply #3 - Apr 10th, 2019 at 1:50pm
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In the end, all you'll have is a list of who owns which serial number. And maybe the highest and lowest numbers made if everybody contributes.
You could guess at approximately how many were made based on totals, and years of production. But it would be a very inaccurate guesstimate without knowing what years had higher production vs. lower.
  

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Reply #4 - Apr 10th, 2019 at 2:27pm
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It would more accurate than what we have now!

I'll add mine later today.

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Mine is 12738. I have no idea what year it was made.
  
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LONG RANGE wrote on Apr 10th, 2019 at 3:04pm:
Mine is 12738. I have no idea what year it was made.


Your beautiful Semi-Military #404 can be dated more closely than almost any other Stevens model, because it was built only between 1913 & 1916; not listed in catalog 53 (1912), only the last pre-war cat., #54.
  
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Reply #7 - Apr 10th, 2019 at 4:34pm
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My 44 1/2 is serial #9253 it has shilen .22 barrel on it now, original barrel is in 32/40 with matching #s
  
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Reply #8 - Apr 10th, 2019 at 5:19pm
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Redsetter wrote on Apr 10th, 2019 at 3:31pm:
LONG RANGE wrote on Apr 10th, 2019 at 3:04pm:
Mine is 12738. I have no idea what year it was made.
  Thanks Redsetter.

Your beautiful Semi-Military #404 can be dated more closely than almost any other Stevens model, because it was built only between 1913 & 1916; not listed in catalog 53 (1912), only the last pre-war cat., #54.

  
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Reply #9 - Apr 10th, 2019 at 6:21pm
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1859  .25-20, now .22 Hornet
3810  .32-40
3332  .28-30 not the original barrel
4602  .25-21

None are glamorous enough to warrant posting photos.   Embarrassed
  
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I think there were no 44 1/2 rifles with a 13000 serial number.  Ledball
  
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Reply #11 - Apr 10th, 2019 at 7:46pm
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3927 22LR out here in Australia
  
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Reply #12 - Apr 10th, 2019 at 9:51pm
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My two are:

10626 with DST

5517 plain trigger

Neither have original barrels.

Frank
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Reply #13 - Apr 10th, 2019 at 11:02pm
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My two: 7023 British marks
            19317  47 action
  
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Reply #14 - Apr 10th, 2019 at 11:18pm
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#9255,   barrel 11142
  
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