Posted 9 years ago
This is where it all began, I found this gun 43 or 44 years ago. I was out with my Dad checking on the cattle at calving time, I bent over to pick up a stick to protect myself & this is what I pulled out of the mud.
It has always intrigued me as to who was the original owner, & how did they come to lose it on the edge of a marsh. As a seven year old I came up with all kinds of interesting stories, like hunting Buffalo or a settler protecting his family. As I got a little older I realized that it was too small & ineffective for either of those situations.
The rifle is a 1894 Stevens Favorite 22LR, it's intended use was small game & pests.
This type of rifle action is known as a pivoting block type, or swinging block, since the breech block is pivoted on a pivot screw in the mid section of the receiver. Upon activating the lever, the breech block pivots, or swings down to expose the chamber.
The second image is one from the Web for comparison.