Refinishing A Stevens .410 Double Shotgun

How much time and effort do you put into mending a family heirloom? Sometimes, a repair doesn’t have to be practical to make the effort worth it.

by Dominick Pisano

I began this project because it was worth the doing. Let me explain. The shotgun when first shown to me had a badly battered stock. That were several cracks on the side of and behind the receiver, both horizontally and vertically. The toe was broken off and there were signs that it had been broken off once before as I noted a patch in that area.

My first thought was this was not worth the time and effort to do the repairs, but then the customer told me that the shotgun was given to him by his father some 60 years before, and that his father had received it from his father when he was a child. This gun had a history that made it worthy of resurrection. Resurrection is a strong word and I don’t use it lightly, but in this case it was appropriate. Who says that Americans are not sentimental?

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