What happened to the J. Stevens Arms Co.?

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J. Stevens Arms Company was bought by Savage Arms in 1920. Founded by Joshua Stevens in Chicopee Falls, Mass., in 1864, J. Stevens Arms introduced the .22 long rifle round and made many different rifle, shotgun and pistol designs.

J. Stevens Arms was started by Joshua Stevens with help from W.B. Fay and James Taylor. It first started as J. Stevens & Co. The company's earliest product was a tip-up action single shot pistol. Stevens also introduced a .22 long rifle caliber, which was very popular for teaching kids to shoot. In 1886, the company started making tools and was renamed J. Stevens Arms and Tool Co. Stevens was bought out in 1896 by I.H. Page, who was a partner and bookkeeper. Page led the company to significant growth, and by 1915, Stevens had led the U.S. arms business in small game and target guns. When Savage bought Stevens Arms in 1920, they started making training rifles and machine guns for the U.S. military. Stevens military rifles were mainly prototypes to garner military contracts. The company's guns were known as "Savage-Stevens" until 1936. This merger made Savage the largest producer of arms at the time. Stevens introduced the Model 87 in 1938, which ended up selling over one million units. More units of the model 86 were sold as Savage Model 6 by Sears.

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