Springfield 745 semi auto

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  1. springfield 745

    springfield 745 G&G Newbie

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    I have a Springfield "Humpback" 12 g... The only markings on this gun is--- Springfield-- Automatic-- shotgun.
    Springfield Arms..Utica NY. USA.

    That is it.. No model number...no proof test stamp.. NOTHING!!!

    It has a low 23xx serial..

    What do I have (model) and how old is it??? I would guess 40's, but maybe older.???. Most of the receiver pins are the older screw type pins..Very heavy duty..

    thanks for any info..

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    jwernecke G&G Newbie

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    I believe that you answered part of the question yourself already. The Springfield 745 or 745B shotgun which were made from 1940-1949. I'm guessing with a low serial like what you have puts it closer to 1940-1943.


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    Savage Arms also licensed the design from Browning and produced it as their model 720 from 1930 to 1949, and their model 745 with an alloy receiver and two-shot magazine from 1941 to 1949.

    from Wikipedia.
  3. springfield 745

    springfield 745 G&G Newbie

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    thanks fella. tough to get it ALL right with no Model #..
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    With out knowing whether it is a steel frame or an alloy frame you wont be able to determine if it is a 720 or 745. Unfortunately it is not as simple as using a magnet. A good gunsmith could probably tell you a lot more and give you a better idea what you have. Also note that if you ever need parts that Savage, Stevens and Springfield all built the same shotgun.
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    springfield 745 G&G Newbie

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    Thanks jwerneke.. wish you could tell more about the alloy?? I would say steel as of now.. the inside of the receiver is shiney steel looking..I'm not that good at all to tell either way.. Any more characterics of the alloy?? she is heavy..and very magnetic...

    thanks again...
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    When I ting it with my finger nail, it sounds like harden steel.. very nice sounding bell ..
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    The info I found on the alloy was not specific at all only that it was a steel alloy. Without any information on what is alloyed into that steel it is nearly impossible to tell. With the markings and such that you have, and the lack of other marking I would surmise that you have a 720 though. Being built in the 30s makes a little more sense with the missing markings, cost, budget, that sort of thing.
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    After cleaning, I did find a small 3 at the end of the lower tang next to the bigger stock bolt??? I'm guessing a newer (late 30's) 720 then.. I have seen 720's with no markings at all, but mine has all the extra locking screws on the outside of receiver..I guess I throw my hands up on this one..
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    After serching and getting info, This is a model 720, built in 33.. according to the low serial number and lack of paperwork on these.. thanks for your help jwernecke...
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