We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Probably an urban myth, but a good tale anyway and a great advt for Apple: iPod takes bullet, saves soldier. Story at Wasson. (photo borrowed from Wasson). Times have changed. It used to be mini New Testaments that did this job.
The economic news. It is still great, but who knows? This administration has stunk with communications, from the beginning.
Skook, you sound like a pump expert--can i axe you a question-- I just traded for an old 1920-ish Stevens 520 12 ga pump. Neat old collector item, but the bolt won't lock shut when you work the slide. Would you know offhand what the name of the broken part might be called?
Man, ya got me stumped. So the bolt closes but moves back open even when the slide is all the way forward in battery? I've never owned one, so clearly I'm absolutely no help. If it were me, I would break out the screwdrivers, disassemble it slowly and look for missing pins and springs using the schematic as a guide. Numrich and the usual suspects have some parts, though I think some parts are very hard to find. If you think you've solved it, take it to a smith to double check. There may be hidden stuff wrong, too.
Another problem is that while it is a JMB design, it seems from what little I know to have been an evolutionary dead end and I have heard that the mechanism is very different than anything we see today ("today" = post 1935, say). So many modern smiths are not familiar with them.
I would ask your question on the Shotgun World "Classics" sub-forum, the various 24 Hour Campfire forums, especially the Savage sub-forum, and also on the High Road and the Firing Line. You might ask about competent smiths at each place, too.
Then if you can't figure it out after all that, take all the little pieces to the smith in a 1 gallon Zip-Loc baggie and dump the baggie on his counter. In three years you'll have your gun back. :-)
THANKs, skook--didn't mean to put you to all that trouble. Great links & leads. Yes, three years @ smith's sounds right. Nah, it's not the trench gun--wish it was, those things are highly prized collector's items. Mine is one of the oldies, with the safety a toggle inside the trigger guard just in front of the trigger--very nice placement, very positive and fast operation with the trigger finger. SN # 46888 B. No, I wouldn't shoot it. Well maybe with a light field load, with a smithie's okay.