Wild West


tarting in the late 19th century, J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co., of Chicopee Falls, Mass., produced among the best-known lines of both high- and lowcost rifles and pistols. The man behind the company, Joshua Stevens, was born in Chester, little more than 20 miles west, on Sept. 10, 1814. A skilled machinist, he entered the world of firearms manufacturing in his mid-20s under the tutelage of Springfield gunsmith Cyrus B. Allen, who was manufacturing the imposing. 54-caliber 1837 Elgin cutlass pistol for the

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