Meriden Firearms Long Tom Stock
I’m about to start cutting into another project, this time an old, well-used shotgun. It’s a 12 gauge single shot, manufactured by J. Stevens* with Long Tom engraved into the side of the receiver. This is a typical shotgun of its time, with a hard rubber buttplate and grip cap on a straight grained walnut stock. The stock shows a lot of “character,” especially as it’s broken at the wrist with flattened checkering. The barrel is 36″ long- it doesn’t lack in the sight radius department and the metal shows no finish- just a rich brown patina and a spot of case coloring under the trigger guard. It’s still functional and the internal parts are not exactly clean, but definitely functional.
*Research done after publishing this post has confirmed this is in fact a Meriden Firearms shotgun. This particular shotgun was was sold in the 1916 Sears, Roebuck fall catalog.
I’ll be cleaning up the shotgun and leaving the metal alone for the most part, but will be cutting a new stock from a blank of vibrant Oregon walnut. Aside from a modern rubber buttpad, it will be a very traditionally styled shotgun. I don’t know much about these guns and haven’t been able to find much out online, so if anyone could provide some info on the gun I’d appreciate it!