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    Essex Gun Works 12 ga - Help

    I need a little help here. I've been given an old 12 ga sxs shotgun. The only markings on it are "Essex Gun Works" on the left side and the serial number (S165XX). No model numbers or nothing. A little online research found that Essex was a private label for guns made by 3 different companies, in succession. One of the companies was J. Stevens, and since the serial number starts with an "S", I'm guessing that Stevens (the only name with an S) may have made this one. If so, this means it was made between about 1920 and 1942.

    Anyway, the forend on the piece is dry and broken (held on with duct tape no less). Its probably not worth anything, but I might like to get it functional if I can find a forend.

    Also, I know nothing about shotguns. This one has 2 triggers (one for each barrel, I'm guessing) and no hammers. The firing pins are stuck, so I'll have to strip the thing to lube, etc.

    Anyone know anything about Essex or Stevens shotguns, or have a lead? I checked Numlich for parts; nothing for Essex, but a load of forends for various Stevens models, but I have no clue which might be right for this one. Any ideas or suggestions?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Essex Gun Works 12 ga - Help

    Is there room on your wall? Just joshin' ya, amz52. Sounds like the shottie will be a labor of love to get the thing back to its fighting best. Numrich and Brownells are the best go-to places for parts. Steve's pages might be of some help for manuals or exploded parts schematics. I hope you enjoy tinkering with it and it works in the long run.

    http://stevespages.com/page7b.htm
    Never give the devil a ride. He will always want to drive.

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      #3
      Re: Essex Gun Works 12 ga - Help

      Gun Sane - Thanks for the lead. Found a manual from Savage for the Stevens 612 sxs, so its a start. I may try to contact Savage and see if they have any info from back then. Its pretty gross right now, with old duct tape adhesive on the barrell and forend, stuck firing pins, dirty barrels. I can't tell yet if the barrells are just dirty or are rusted. At least it will be an interesting project

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        #4
        Re: Essex Gun Works 12 ga - Help

        Do not forget to take before and after pics!
        Certified Armed infidel!!

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          #5
          Re: Essex Gun Works 12 ga - Help

          Too late for a full history. I've already taken the duct tape off and cleaned off the leftover sticky. But I'll get some taken and post them before I do anything else to it.

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            Re: Essex Gun Works 12 ga - Help

            OK, here's what it looks like, minus the duct tape and sticky.

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            I have a couple more photos, close ups of the manufacturer's name and the front sight, but I'm having issues getting them sized right for upload.

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              #7
              Re: Essex Gun Works 12 ga - Help

              Originally posted by amz52 View Post
              OK, here's what it looks like, minus the duct tape and sticky.

              I have a couple more photos, close ups of the manufacturer's name and the front sight, but I'm having issues getting them sized right for upload.
              Excuse me I can't hear you....could you speak up! OOOPS I mean I can't see you could you please post something besides mini pics LOL
              Certified Armed Infidel .
              WARNING: All my ammo contains bacon grease for a one way ticket to hell!
              45/70 when Bacon is still on the hoof. Here Piggie Piggie and ISIS pigs.


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                #8
                Re: Essex Gun Works 12 ga - Help

                Lets see if the photo link works. Hopefully, 4 photos in Photobucket of the disassembled shotgun.

                http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e2...ps3f8d71c5.jpg

                http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e2...ps5021afb9.jpg

                http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e2...psedc4857f.jpg

                http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e2...psf61d90fb.jpg

                Haven't heard anything back from the Stevens historical source yet, but its the holidays. I did get a note fro someone suggesting I avoid higher powered ammo due to the supposed age of the gun. Also that the chamber may be smaller than current, possible 2 1/2 " or so. Haven't measured anything yet to check.

                I did clean the barrels, have a little rust in the left one. And I haven't been able to disassemble the trigger block from the stock, yet. (Haven't tried all that hard, what with the holidays.)

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