How can i tell the age of my Stevens 311

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by WilliamDunson86, May 5, 2008.

  1. WilliamDunson86

    WilliamDunson86 Guest

    My grand dad let me have his old school double barrel shotgun.It only has one firing pin that works.It is still a great gun though.So any help would be greatly appreciated
  2. Kodiak32

    Kodiak32 G&G Regular

    Welcome to G & G,

    If it was manufactured between 1949 and 1970 there should be a small circle with a number and letter stamped inside of it, between the trigger and the hinge pin. The letter reflects the year of manufacture. *The date code may also be on the flats of the receiver where the barrels rest on the receiver.

    Stevens Date Codes

    A 1949
    B 1950
    C 1951
    D 1952
    E 1953
    F 1954
    G 1955
    H 1956
    I 1957
    J 1958
    K 1959
    L 1960
    M 1961
    N 1962
    P 1963
    R 1964
    S 1965
    T 1966
    U 1967
    V 1968
    W 1969
    X 1970

    After the Gun Control Act of 1968 took effect, serial numbers were required on the reciever of long guns. No date code, no serial number; likely pre 1949.

    Here's a link to parts,

    Firearm Parts and Accessories | Numrich Gun Parts Corp. |
    Last edited: May 5, 2008

  3. Congrats on the shotgun from your Grand Dad. Also, welcome to the site.
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  4. Ray Morsellino

    Ray Morsellino G&G Newbie

    I also just got my hands on a 311. It has an A in a circle and an I in a cricle and then TA not in circles. I haven’t found any info on how to identify it. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!!
  5. Ray Morsellino

    Ray Morsellino G&G Newbie

    I also just found the same letters on the barrel but also 19J near the screw.
    Thanks again!
  6. .22hustler

    .22hustler G&G Evangelist

    My f-i-l sold his 311 to a good friend of mine. After I did some repairs and a re-finish job, my buddy promptly took it afield and dropped a nice doe with it, 1 shot, dropped in her tracks, approx 35 yds..
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