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Marlin 120 or Stevens 520

Discussion in 'Long Guns' started by usmc-nav, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. usmc-nav

    usmc-nav Distinguished Poster

    I am about to buy one of these. The Marlin 120 is the newer of the two and has a vented rib. The Stevens is from the first production series, 1909-1913 and is functional but most all of the finish is gone. Seller tells me it is a double hump Stevens.

    What is your opinion please?
  2. checker

    checker Distinguished Poster

    I sure would not recommend the older Stevens, but I hardily recommend the Marlin Model 120. I own one, and it is a very well made shotgun, all steel construction. Tough gun and it works.

  3. sand_man

    sand_man Grouchy Old Fart MSGO Supporter

    A little history:

    The Stevens Model 520 was a pump-action shotgun developed by John Browning and originally manufactured by the J Stevens Arms & Tool Company between 1909 and 1916.[1] Stevens was sold to New England Westinghouse in 1916 and production of civilian firearms halted.[1] The company was renamed the "J Stevens Arms Company" and New England Westinghouse used their manufacturing facility in Chicopee Falls, MA to produce Mosin-Nagant rifles under contract for the Russian Czar during World War I.[2] After the war, Stevens was sold to Savage Arms in 1920 and full production of civilian firearms resumed.[3] Under Savage ownership, Model 520 production continued until 1939[1] when it was replaced by the Model 520A which ended production in 1947.[4] Stevens also further modified the design when they introduced the streamlined Model 620 in 1927.[5] The Model 620 was internally similar to the Model 520 and was produced until 1939[6] when it was replaced by the Model 620A which ended production in 1955.[7] This shotgun is a hammerless, pump action, take-down design with a tubular magazine which holds 5 shells. All models can also be slam fired: 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.

    Stevens Model 520/620 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The Marlin Model 120 was made from 1971 to 1985. It was made in several styles:
    The 120 Trap Gun of which only 298 were made.
    The 120 MXR Magnum with 40 or 38 inch barrels...6,984 made
    The 120 Slug gun.....1,546 made
    The 120 Field Grade.....1,083 made
    The 120 Deluxe Grade........ 10,689 made
    and if you want to include it, there is the Glenfield Model 778 which is the cheaper version of the Modle 120, with 34,941 produced from 1979 to 1983. Marlin made 1,238 of the 778 with the longer barrels. There was a total of 48,651 of the Model 120 shotgun manufactured during the production run.
    Barrel lengths available: 20 or 26 inch slug barrel, 26 inch, 28 inch, 30 inch and the 40 & 38 inches.

    Marlin Model 120 Shotgun - Marlin Firearms Collectors Association

    From what I've read it was made in France.

    Hope this helps.
  4. usmc-nav

    usmc-nav Distinguished Poster

    Thanks for replies
  5. 22lrfan

    22lrfan Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    I think it would be according to your plans for it. If you plan to shoot it regularly and hunt with it I would go with the Marlin. If you just adding one to your collection/accumulation I would pick the Stevens. I like the old ones.