- STEVENS A&T Model 1894 FAVORITE .32 Cal. Falling Block YOUTH/BOY’S Rifle
Early 1900s Light & Popular Single Shot Rifle
Here we present a C&R Stevens Model 1894 “Favorite” Falling Block Rifle, made sometime between 1894 and 1916 in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts. This rifle is chambered in .32 Long Rimfire and represents one of Stevens’ most prolific lines of rifles, purchased by and for boys and youth in the late 19th to early 20th Century. Stevens made three different models of the “Favorite” rifles which included the Model 1889, the Model 1894, and the Model 1915.
This example is the second “Favorite” model and is marked on the barrel “J. STEVENS A & T CO. / CHICOPEE FALLS, MASS. U.S.A. PAT APR.17, 94” in two lines. Rifles made after 1916 will be marked “J. STEVENS ARMS COMPANY”.
Like all other children’s guns of the time, this Stevens was designed to be very utilitarian, sturdy, and versatile. Fancy wood, engraved steel, or polished brass were not important to the youngsters who used these guns. What children of those time wanted were good results and long usage. After all, most of these diminutive firearms has to serve several generations of children before they were retired. In the 19th century, firearms occupied a place in every rural home and were sometimes even looked upon as members of the family.
This would have been the rifle that a boy learned on, plinked, and hunted with. Its falling block loading system was strong, simple and reliable. It also taught the shooter how to make the shot count as it was not a repeater.
The overall condition is good. Strong action. The bore is semi-bright and nicely rifled. Solid stock, both the forarm and buttstock have been replaced. Legible markings. Original brown patina. The barrel has a bit of wiggle where it meets the frame.
Own the original! This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 22 inches.
Caliber: .32 Long Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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