Found In A Storage Locker

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A reader from Washington State who buys the contents of abandoned storage lockers, in the hopes that he can sell them for a profit, recently purchased a locker at auction for $90. Among this locker’s contents was a .22 single shot pistol wrapped up in newspaper and stuffed inside a cloth bag. He took the pistol to a couple of local gun shops who told him it was homemade. It only contains one marking: “A 367″.

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It does not look homemade to me, but it does look like it had been subjected to DIY gunsmithing and that some of the screws are not original. Can anyone identify it?

The reader does not know what to do with it and is thinking of turning it in at the next police gun buy back in his area. On a side note, he thinks he will be able to sell the contents of this particular locker for $500. A very nice profit indeed.

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  • joel

    Looks like a crack shot rifle that has had the barrel cut and the stock removed and replaced with whatever that grip is.

    • ChrisK

      Yes, a Stevens Model 26, exactly. The lever action has been trimmed down as well. I have one in .32 rimfire just like the .22 model.

      • Steve (TFB Editor)

        Interesting. Do you know if they ever made a pistol version?

        • George H Hill

          Those guns did not have side plates on the receiver, as this mystery pistol does.
          I think this was a home made / Machine Shop made pistol that may have used parts out of existing guns.

      • Vince Cisterna

        The Stevens model 26 or “crackshot” did not have a tipping barrel like this pistol does, rather a falling block much like a sharps or high wall. The Stevens Maynard did on the other hand. See here. http://picturearchive.gunauction.com/2533191558/8769771/007.jpg_thumbnail1.jpg

        It looks like this pistol is a mix of Stevens Maynard and Stevens crackshot parts. The dis assembly screw on the bottom of the action looks like its from a crackshot and the barrel and receiver look like its from a Stevens Maynard. The barrel hings looks like its been moved further back though but for what reason Im not sure.

    • Michael Blum

      I agree, probably an old (pre-1900) .22 rifle. The Stevens “Boy’s Rifle” Favorite model looks close, but not quite on:

      http://www.google.com/search?q=break-open+.22+rifle&safe=off&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=hZpLUr7xF6z5igKvwYHYBQ&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1163&bih=564&dpr=1#q=stevens+boys+rifle+favorite&safe=off&tbm=isch

      Probably some close copy or variation of that sort of rifle; and then mucked up as a conversion to a pistol — possibly for nefarious-but-cheap purposes.

      • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

        It’s very very similar to a Stevens of that time period.

  • Marcus McIntire

    if there was a way to get more pictures it would help. I have a crack shot at the house and this really does not resemble it that much. quite possible a prototype of some sort.

  • http://www.ak47world.com A-K Dan

    I had a customer CALL me today who bought the contents of storage locker that included a case of AK mags & 8 Crates of homemade full-auto AK’s for $4OO !!!!

    • jake

      Now that’s a problem!

      • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

        No kidding! ATF will be all over that trying to find those who stored them. I bet the TAF takes the mags also.

        • Ripley

          It’s easy to get stuck in Gollum “my precioussss” mode about guns and unique guns but this smells like no-good. Those are not for hunting/range/mantlepiece. Might save a few innocent lives turning them in.

          • BOB

            While I can respect the desire to avoid 10+ years in prison and losing your 2A rights, how would holding on to those guns ‘save a few innocent lives’?

          • Ripley

            I said turn them in. To me this is a stockpile for some kind of violent purpose. It needs to be investigated. I could be wrong.

          • BOB

            I get that, I guess I was interpreting your comment as lives being saved by the cops having THOSE guns, but I now understand what you were saying.

          • http://www.ak47world.com A-K Dan

            That’s WHY it’s better to CUT THEM UP, or take them offshore…

          • Mike Roberson

            Or just keep your mouth shut and store em in the safe till needed

    • Zius Patagus

      I am pretty sure that was used by Saddam Hussein and was given to a CIA operative as gift when he retired…or something like that. ;)

  • tim.m

    it wouldnt surprise me if it was a production bicycle rifle that got cut down and had some home gunsmithing applied. it wouldnt surprise me it was actually a pretty handy little pistol for running a trap line… but ill stick with something more modern.

  • Jake

    That’s cool, I think it’s home made but inspired by the other rifle mentioned. Please don’t sell it at a gun buyback, such a nod to the gun grabbers.

    • http://www.ak47world.com A-K Dan

      you’d go to JAIL if you SOLD them @ a gun buyback – unregistered NFA weapons !!!

      • Jeff Smith

        Most gun buy back programs have a “no questions asked” policy, but I’d definitely make sure before turning it in.

        • http://www.ak47world.com A-K Dan

          Jeff, if you SHOW UP @ the Gun buyback with 8 Crates of homemade full-auto AK’s – YOU WILL Go to JAIL – “no questions asked” !!!

          • Jeff Smith

            Dan, every situation is different, but many illegally modified weapons turn up at gun buy backs. While I’m not naive, charging someone attempting to turn in an illegal weapon (or 8 crates of them) would be shooting themselves in the foot (pardon the pun!) They would never receive another gun at one of their programs again!

            Also, out of curiosity, how many AKs are in a crate?

          • http://www.ak47world.com A-K Dan

            how many AKs are in a crate = depends on where they came from – but usually somewhere between 12 to 24 !

          • dan citizen

            Ak’s come 10 to a crate. (5 on top, 5 on bottom upside down)

            The gun in the article is likely not an NFA item.

            The whole “8 crates of aks sounds like crap.

            “taking them offshore” would involve knee high stack of felonies, and home converted aks “off shore” are worth in the neighborhood of $50 each.

            The bullshit is getting pretty deep here.

          • Cymond

            That’s a straw man argument. We’re not discussing 8 crates of full-auto AKs, we’re talking about a home made pistol.

  • Jonathan Ferguson

    Hard to prove a negative, but I still think it’s homemade.

  • wetcorps

    I want one.

  • P161911

    IF this is a cut down rifle, I’m pretty sure it would be considered a SBR, pretty sure it isn’t on the class 3 registry. Disassemble and sell for parts or just turn it into the cops for $50 or $100.

    I picked up a Sauer 38H that came from a storage locker years ago. My family was friendly with the owner of a thrift store that bought the lockers. I got a chrome plated 38H with clear plastic grips. Obviously a GI bring back.

  • Larry Pepe

    don’t turn any thing in, what the hell is wrong with u guys,

    • http://www.ak47world.com A-K Dan

      I TOLD the guy with the 8 Crates of homemade full-auto AK’s if he wants to AVOID a BIG & FELONY – to BE SMART & ‘Torch-Cut’ the receivers of those ‘FELONIES’ & SELL OFF the parts for $$$. But it’s HARD for some people to REALIZE that CUTTING UP ‘functioning’ ILLEGAL Full-Auto AK’s is a WHOLE LOT BETTER than LOSING your Freedom & LOTS of $$$ !!!

      • SiloZen

        LOTTA caps in your thing, I think we get it.

        • http://www.ak47world.com A-K Dan

          BE SMART – ILLEGAL – WHOLE LOT BETTER than LOSING your Freedom & LOTS of $$$ = to CANCEL OUT Larry Pepe’s no caps STUPIDITY of: “don’t turn any thing in, what the hell is wrong with u guys” !!!

      • Creep

        Seriously, enough caps already.

  • J

    I think it’s homemade. Don’t give it to the police, I’d love to own it.

  • Sedona2A

    You guys do know it is ok at least in Arizona for you to make a rifle for your own use. A Form 1 is all you need. And as for the AK’s you PURCHASED in the storage locker you would only have to be concerned if they were full auto(contact ATF immediately) don’t drive to your shop or your brothers house to cut them up. Let’s say you get stopped for speeding on the way to your brothers and they find unregistered machine guns in your car….ooopps! And as for the pistol in the picture what makes this an NFA item? looks straight forward to me. Many old pistols and rifles do not have serial #’s printed on them that does not make them illegal. Do some more research. This does not look like a Saturday nite special to me. Don’t let the wrong screws fool you. Some thought went into this pistol. That $500 could end up a lot MORE!!!!!!

    • Cymond

      I assume you mean that a Form 1 is needed to build your own short-barreled rifle. You shouldn’t need any forms to build a standard rifle.

      And I may be wrong, but serial numbers were not required until the 1968 GCA. I have an old Marlin 81 without a serial number, estimated to be made between 1937-1939.

  • Sean Patrick Gilday

    Looks like made from a Flobert or Stevens crackshot rifle action.

  • Doc

    A-K Dan, Shut the F*^!#@% up please. Seriously man. Absolutely ruined any discussion so far.