Thse guns retain all of their standard Stevens (or J.C. Higgins, or Western Field) markings. They completely lack any of the proof, ordnance, and acceptance marks commonly associated with WWII Stevens 520-30 USGI trench guns.
The serial numbers fall in ranges not associated with WWII guns. All were made prior to WWII.
This gun did cause a minor sensation at my local gun store when I picked it up a few days back. Everyone there was certain that they knew what it was, and all were wrong!
Confusing one of these with an original WWII trench gun would be (in my book) much like confusing a WH M1928 TSMG or a recently made Kahr semi-auto with a M1921 Colt's. I suppose that it could be done, but not by any individual with even the slightest knowledge of the subject.
What you get for the price is a beautifully made and expertly restored and refinished pre-war John Moses Browning designed shotgun, in excellent condition throughout, with a glassy smooth action not encountered today for any price. Any M1907 bayonet snicks right on to the reproduction steel mount. Even the mount's "correct" plum color is neatly reproduced.
This is the only gun that I own that's not in its original configuration and finish. I'm very impressed with it. I won't hesitate to shoot it, while my mint 1942 Winchester M12 trench gun sits in the safe and never sees the light of day.
Edited by TSMGguy, 14 October 2010 - 05:15 PM.