Home Made Stevens Favorite .22 Rifle

Toms Techniques on YouTube rebuilt his Uncle’s Stevens Favorite rifle from scratch.

When I’m not making instructional machining videos, I actually build stuff. Here’s a video montage on an ambitious project I started last year, the building of a Stevens Favorite .22 caliber rifle. Every part is, or will be hand made by me down to the last screw, even the rifled barrel. The original rifle belongs to my uncle and he asked if I could get it working again. I ended up making a new firing pin for it and fitting a new extractor. I liked the rifle so much that I disassembled it, measured and sketched up every part and made a CAD model, complete with detailed drawings. This first part is on the machining of the receiver, with much more to come. The entire build thread for the rifle can be found in the Gunsmithing section of metalworkingfun.com



Part 1: Receiver


Part 2: The Block, Hammer, Lever and Trigger


Part 3: Stock, Mainspring, and Target Sight

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


  • JaxD

    That’s a hell of a skill set you got there. Beautiful work.

  • CrankyFool

    He does not appear to have free-floated the barrel or installed enough rails. Fail.

    • jamezb


  • M.M.D.C.

    Very impressive.

  • That’s awesome! Undeniably great work of hands. It simply shows the beautiful outcome of your work. You got good skills and keep it up!

  • Eric S

    Hephaestus smiles upon thee. But I don’t see a bayonet lug..

  • MurphyzLaw

    I have an original Stevens’ favorite ca. 1916 that I restored a couple of years ago. It cost $5 when it was new. This one is made to so much tighter tolerances (among other things, it looks like it’s smooth on the inside of the receiver 🙂 ). Truely a beautiful piece of machining!

  • Paul Zimmerli

    Save your drawings! Your next challenge is to see how much can be done on a 3D printer.

    Seriously, that’s a beautiful piece of work. Makes me think I should have chosen metalwork over crafting words as a lifeskill…

  • iksnilol

    Could one scale up the design and use other cartridges? Was thinking 12 gauge and .32 ACP.

  • jamezb

    LOL……… It’s BEAUTIFUL!
    Congrats, I admire your skill and determination! …and your gun!