I just bought a sweet little Stevens .410 shotgun, bolt-action and tube-fed. In the course of trying to figure out when it was made, I surfed through a couple of interesting facts.
As many of you know, during WWI the Russians contracted through the British for Mosin Nagants to be manufactured by Remington and New England Westinghouse. I've always been a little puzzled by that second one; who the heck was New England Westinghouse, and what ever happened to them?
Turns out that Westinghouse Electric Corporation, General Electric's competitor and arch-rival for over a hundred years until it merged with CBS, bought out J. Stevens Arms Company in 1915, and set it up as a subsidiary. Apparently their first big arms deal was the 'British Contract,' and they came very close to going bankrupt after the Bolsheviks took over in Russia and our government halted arms shipments--not that the Reds had the money to pay for them anyway...
Our government bailed N.E.W. and Remington out by purchasing the undelivered Mosins for $32.00 each, and most of them were issued as training rifles. They also gave a bunch to the NRA, who sold them on the civilian market until they ran out of them in 1929.
After the run of Mosins, N.E.W. began making Browning machine guns, apparently because Remington was falling behind on a contract for them. In 1920 New England Westinghouse was sold to Savage Arms Company, who revived the J Stevens name and eventually shortened it to simply Stevens.
So now you know: if you own a New England Westinghouse Mosin Nagant, you have a Stevens firearm. My little .410 Stevens should feel right at home, snuggled into the safe alongside its Russian cousins.