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It’s historically common for gunmakers to be involved in other manufacturing disciplines and vice versa. For example, Eli Whitney moved from the cotton gin to firearms, albeit initially unsuccessfully. Another such person was Joshua Stevens, a New England toolmaker.

Stevens’ main source of income, even after getting involved in firearms, was tool production. But that did not mean that Stevens’ role in the firearms world was insignificant. He became known for target shooting firearms, Boy’s rifles, and various versions of pocket pistols, known as tip-up.

One such model was the Stevens No. 41 Tip-Up, manufactured between 1903 and 1916. This pistol was the fifth model in a line of tip-up pistols made since 1864. These single-shot firearms, this model in .22 caliber, were breechloaders in which the barrel would literally tip up and the user could load the firearm.

While Stevens made several varying pocket pistols, he became known for target and sporting handguns, many of which were fitted with longer barrels and better sights to use in competition.

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