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    Advice needed on Stevens 620a Frankengun

    I recently purchased (via online auction), a Stevens 620a with all of the military stampings that are shown on the various threads on this site. I thought I was buying an aerial trainer as it was listed with a 30" barrel. Upon receiving the gun I noticed that the serial numbers on the barrel and receiver do not match, and there are no military proofs on the barrel. Luckily I didn't pay a whole bunch for it, but unfortunately, as it is unmatching, it doesn't quite fit my collection. I won the auction at $200, but the shipping and fees brought it up to $300. Needless to say, I was ****ed, but I did fail to ask about the serials so I suppose it was my fault. The receiver and buttstock are definitely from a trench gun. It even has the correct sling swivel cutout on the bottom. I am looking for your opinions of my options. Should I:
    1) Sell it to a collector who might have the correct parts to put it back together and cut my losses.
    2) Hack off the barrel and buy a reproduction heat shield and bayonet lug from Numrich and have fun with it.
    3) Something else.

    I'm sure that being a previous military issue receiver it has some value. Any idea what the going rate for these are?

    Thanks for your ideas!


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    Welcome to the forum!

    Bummer about the mismatch.
    If I were you, I'd chop the barrel to riot length and call it good. If you lucked across a heat shield for cheap, you could always throw it on later. (Tip: I got a repro heat shield by snagging a Norinco 1897 trench gun cheap at a pawn shop. Kept the heat shield and sold the shotgun at a profit!)

    If I had to guess, I'd say the proper barrel would cost you $250 or so if you could find one.

    So, again, chop that barrel and have some fun. I think you got a fine price, honestly. As you state, the receiver has some value and it will only go up with time.

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    The Numrich repro heat shield and lug is only $129 right now. Do you have any experience or heard about anybody with this one? https://www.gunpartscorp.com/products/813820

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattman71 View Post
    Do you have any experience or heard about anybody with this one?
    Not me.
    Sounds like a whole lot of fun in one gun for $429!
    By the way, a tubing cutter (like for plumbing pipe) will cut a shotgun barrel. Iíve done it a few times myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcathey View Post
    Not me.
    Sounds like a whole lot of fun in one gun for $429!
    By the way, a tubing cutter (like for plumbing pipe) will cut a shotgun barrel. Iíve done it a few times myself.
    Thanks for the tip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattman71 View Post
    Should I: Hack off the barrel and buy a reproduction heat shield and bayonet lug from Numrich and have fun with it.
    Quote Originally Posted by mattman71 View Post
    The Numrich repro heat shield and lug
    But...I'm not so sure a repro handguard will fit a smaller, tapered birdgun barrel. The riot and trench barrels are larger outside diameter. I went through this not so long ago...careful...
    Regards, Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    But...I'm not so sure a repro handguard will fit a smaller, tapered birdgun barrel. The riot and trench barrels are larger outside diameter. I went through this not so long ago...careful...
    The Norinco heat shield I "bought" is sitting on a chopped down Stevens 520 now. No fit issues with that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcathey View Post
    The Norinco heat shield
    Wish I'd known that a bit back but then to find one of those...when you want it. I had one of the US made copies from down south. They don't produce them now I think.
    Regards, Jim

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    Thanks for all your help and recommendations. I went ahead and "bit the bullet". I bought the Numrich replica heat shield and bayo lug, a Thompson sling swivel for the stock cut out, and a few new butt plate screws. I'm going to strip the stocks and put on a basic tung oil finish as well. It won't be authentic, but it will be a cool looking, fun toy with genuine military markings. It's as close as I can get without buying the real thing. Real ones are quite expensive! I will keep my eyes open for the real barrel on auctions. It won't have matching serials, but will add a little authenticity to the appearance at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattman71 View Post
    the real barrel on auctions.
    An original riot would be nice...then set it up.
    Regards, Jim

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