Stevens Model 620 in 12 Gauge
During World War II, Stevens began producing both the Model 520A (renamed the Model 520-30) and the Model 620A (labeled as the Model 620) as trench guns, riot guns, and long-barreled training guns for the US military. Trench guns were produced with 20-inch barrels and had heat shields with unique pinkish anodized bayonet lugs attached to the front (late war examples had a small "S" stamped on the left side - as this one does). The receivers of both models were stamped on the left side with an ordnance bomb, "Model 520-30" or "Model 620", and a small "U.S." over the trigger. Trench guns were also fitted with a sling swivel in the stock. Total wartime production of all Model 520-30 shotguns was 33,306 and all Model 620 shotguns was only 12,174! After the war the US military standardized both the Model 520-30 and the Model 620 and kept them in the inventory. They were used in the Korean War and as late as the Vietnam War. During the Vietnam war, many of these shotguns were reparkerized by the US government, which I believe is the case here since the bayonet lug doesn’t have its original finish. The best part about all Stevens shotguns is they can be slammed fired, meaning the shotgun has no trigger disconnector and shells can be fired one after the other simply by working the slide if the trigger is held down - this is how they got the nickname “trench brooms”. Beautiful firearms, that have such a unique and mean looking persona to them!
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