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DOUG, I HAVE A 12 GAUGE SINGLE BARREL SHOTGUN MY FATHER LEFT ME WHEN HE PASSED AWAY.IT SAYS ON SIDE RIVERSIDE ARMS COMPANY CHICOPEE FALLS MASS.USA. THE SERIAL I FOUND UNDER FORE END STOCK WAS 0S357 IT WAS PRINTED NOT ON BARREL BUT RATHER ON WOOD STOCK. WHAT COULD BE PRODUCTION DATE.IT'S IN FAIR CONDITION NOT REALLY CONCERNED  WITH VALUE AS I WOULD NEVER SELL IT.LUST WANTED TO KNOW YEAR IT WAS POSSIBLY MADE. THANKS OLIVER MCLEOD...

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Hi Oliver,

Riverside Arms was a trade name used by J. Stevens for their less expensive line of shotguns.  Overall, the Riverside Arms brand was used from around 1912 until around 1930.  After that, the use of the Riverside name was discontinued as Stevens was owned by Savage Arms.  I can't tell from the limited description you gave me, but I suspect that what you have is the Riverside version of the Stevens model 520.  If it is pump action shotgun, that is most likely what you have.  Also, check to see if your gun's receiver has a slight 'humpback'.  If it does, then you have a 520.
If your shotgun is not a pump, but a single shot break open, then it would be a version of the model 94 that Stevens made.  

The serial number should be somewhere on the barrel or underneath the gun behind the trigger.  It would not be typical for the serial number to be on the stock.

With the information provided, I really can't date it other than the production date range.  In terms of value, for a gun in fair condition, it is probably only worth $100 or so.  These were not expensive guns to begin with and haven't found any favor with collectors.

If you can locate a serial number, send me a follow up...otherwise, this is about all I can give you.

Best regards,

Doug Little  

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I can answer questions relating to Legal Concealed Carry in most of the Western US, with detailed knowledge of Concealed Carry laws in Arizona. I have an in-depth understanding of tactical and defensive handgun skills including Close Range Gunfighting, Armed Vehicle Operations, Low Light Gunfighting and Advanced Concealed Carry techniques. I can answer detailed questions regarding Firearms Safety, Gun Handling and Marksmanship techniques. I can also answer detailed questions in the area of Crime Prevention and Victim Avoidance. ***PLEASE NOTE: Despite having done so in the past, I cannot continue to answer questions about valuation of firearms of any kind or questions regarding when a gun was made or what the impact of age or condition might be on the value of any firearm, either contemporary or antique.***

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NRA Training Counselor, NRA instructor for Personal Protection in the Home, Home Firearms Safety, Basic Pistol and Refuse to be a Victim disciplines. Certified by the AZ Dept. of Public Safety as a Firearms Safety Instructor for AZ Concealed Weapons Permit Classes and AZ Unarmed and Armed Security Guard Training. Instructor in both Low Light Gunfighting and Close Range Gunfighting. As a Staff instructor for Suarez International, I teach intermediate and advanced level tactical handgun courses. I am also teach intermediate and advanced level courses in the AR15/M4 and Kalashnikov Rifle platforms. I am a multiple graduate of Gunsite Academy and hold a certificate of Armed Vehicle Operations from them. I have been instructing in Arizona professionally for the past 9 years and have over 20 years shooting experience. Certified by the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners as a Crime Prevention Specialist.

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