The John Browning designed Stevens 520 pump-action shotgun was manufactured by Stevens/Savage gun company for a variety of companies from 1904 through 1934. Two of these companies were the great old catalog retailers: Wards and Sears. Montgomery Ward’s sold their Ward’s Western Field Model 30 shotguns and Sears, Roebuck & Co. offered their Ranger series of durable, no nonsense, shotguns for the working man.
My Stevens 520A is a Ward’s Western Field Model 30-SB562A which I purchased for less than $100.00 last year. I had the barrel cut back to 18-1/2″ and the stock shortened to give me a 12-7/8″ length-of-pull with a new rubber recoil pad installed. These modifications make for a short (36-1/2″ over-all-length), quick handling shotgun that can be rapidly taken-down and stored in a case for low profile transport when traveling.
Ward’s Western Field Model 30-SB562A is deeply stamped in the shotgun’s receiver. The action unlocking button is located behind and above the trigger on the action’s left side.Take-down o.a.l. is less than 19″ for each section. The barrel was cut down to 18-1/2″ and a new stainless steel front bead was mounted at the muzzle. The magazine holds five shells plus one in the chamber giving a six shot capacity to the shotgun. The finish on the wood is a bit rough and could possibly be another project for the future.
The engagement of the locking lugs between the barrel/magazine assembly to the forged steel action/stock assembly. Notice the extensive machining that had to be completed to offer the take-down feature of this shotgun. John Browning’s genius at work . . . . . . again.
Barrel markings indicate 12 gauge chambering and 2-3/4″ chamber length.
Take-down over-all-length (oal) of the Ward’s Model 30 shotgun is less than 19″ each for the barrel/magazine assembly and the butt stocked action making for a wonderful compact package. The length-of-pull for the stock is a quick handling 12-7/8″ length.
Shown is the initial prototype “Take-Down Case” that Ravelin Group is designing in conjunction with Bristol Custom Solutions in Bristol, TN. Secure, yet readily accessible.
The low profile take-down case is shown closed with the Ward’s Model 30 shotgun inside; and in the handy storage pocket: 5 boxes of 12 gauge shells, five rounds to a box, make the take-down case travel-ready and low-profile.
The side profile of the Take-Down Case illustrates the protection of the shotgun and ammunition. The Take-Down Case prototype shows real promise although it requires just a few tweaks to the design and, of course, some padding. We hope to have production cases for sale in the near future. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, it’s off to the range to see how the Ward’s Model 30 patterns buckshot and groups slugs!