Stevens 414 Falling Block Rifle
So, my in-laws were moving, and to avoid dragging them along, my father-in-law divested himself of a Mossberg 185 D 20 gauge shotgun (more on this in another post) and a Stevens 414 Armory .22 rifle. I got both of them. This post is about the rifle.
To the best I’ve been able to determine, Stevens manufactured this falling block rifle for 24 years, from 1908 to 1932, retailing for the then princely sum of $12.00. So, at the young end, this rifle is at least 82 years old. Aimed squarely at the precision shooting crowd, it soon became a favorite. The thing is massive, and built like a tank. With a 25 inch barrel that has a diameter of .75 inches, it tips the scales at 8.5 pounds. The action looks capable of handling the pressure of a .458 Winchester. When you pick this gun up, the word “solid” runs through your mind. You’ll think you’re holding a centerfire rifle.