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A real and vintage Stevens ArmsUS Military contract Trench Shotgun heat shield and bayonet mount This is a rare U.S. G.I. Vietnam era trench gun heat shield / bayonet adapter. These were made in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s for a US Government contract for a trench prototype of the Stevens M77E Riot Shotgun. They were made by STEVENS ARMS (of Savage/Stevens fame) specifically for the Stevens 77 12-Gauge shotgun. The Stevens is well known, and in the military this weapon was known as “NSN 1005-00-952-4063, SHOTGUN, 12 GAGE, RIOT TYPE: STEVENS, M77E.” Those Stevens Model 77 shot guns were made originally WITHOUT the heat shield / bayonet lug / bayonet mount assembly. This one sat unused, ignored, and not even oiled, for decades in a police department inventory.Due to that neglect, it does have some light rust on portions. You will want to familiarize yourself with the pictures. I am pointing at the little areas of rust and corrosion that I could find. There are more little areas like this. This also has a slight dent in the ventilated steel heatshield along one side. This is not mint. This is used, very good condition. These were made new to fulfill a U.S. Government contract to arm our allies in the war against communism in Viet Nam. Instead of accepting the US M1917 Enfield / Eddystone bayonet, they would take the more modern M5 Bayonet / M5A1 Bayonet (Korean War era - to - Vietnam era, the shorter M1 Garand bayonet). You are used to the WW1 and WW2 heatshields having the big metal lug on the front for the M1917 Bayonet used on standard Remington, Winchester, and older Stevens Trench Shotguns. This is a real, vintage, US manufactured military trench gun handguard, but made for the short M5 or M5A1 Garand bayonet! This was made for modern 1960’s / 1970’s VietNam War usage with the STEVENS 12 GAUGE M77E RIOT GUN. The Stevens 77E was issued as a "Riot Gun" in some quantity, but with no heat shield or bayonet adapter. When the contract for these was filled, very few (if any) of the complete 77E Trench Guns were sent to arm our allies in the ARVN. It is known that some of these heatshields for the conversion HAD been sent to VietNam. Many of these were mounted on shotguns, Stevens and otherwise, in VietNam. The ones stateside then REMAINED stateside. If you read the forums, you will see that several US Army armorers mention mounting these bayo adapters on the Stevens 77E, but also on the Remington 870 and the Winchester 1200 shotguns. If you follow this link for example: http://www.jouster.com/forums/showthread.php?7435-Steven-s-77E-Trench-gun you will see that this armorer added these heat shields to Stevens 77E shotguns and Stevens 520 shotguns.I have seen 2 of them mounted on VietNam War vintage Ithace M37 shotguns, and I saw one mounted on a Winchester Model 1200 12 ga. shotgun. The NRA Magazine, “American Rifleman” had an article on the Stevens M77E .12 guage shotgun. They stated that the military was able to procure some prototype M77E trench guns, with these heat shields/ bayonet adapters. They said that they did not think the complete guns ever made it overseas. These heat shields DID, and shotguns had these mounted on them by US armorers, for US and ARVN troops, in Viet-Nam! The WW1 and WW2 Winchester bayonet adaptors had 3 flat-head screws that actually grip slots cut in the underside of the WRA shotgun barrel. This Stevens has its 3 original allen screws, instead of flat-head screws. These heavy-duty allen/hex screws can be better torqued down and tightened than a flat head screw. This allowed Stevens to make these heat shields to simply slide over the barrel (without the 3 slots cut in the barrel) and be tightened on. For a small arms repairman or an armorer, this is easier than having to mill 3 exact slots in a barrel. This simplification made these heat shields / bayonet mounts able to be retrofitted on the Stevens shotguns AND other shotguns as well.This has a front brass bead sight. You can see that the big round front M1917 lug is not there, it was designed without it. You see that it has been milled/drilled to accept the small guard lug on the US M5 / M5-A1 bayonet. You can also see that the rear bayonet lug is shorter, it was made to fit with the smaller M5 "T" shaped bayonet lug. You see this whole area,the entire mounting area, is a totally different color than the blued/black ventilated handguard portion. The WW2 ones called this "plum" color, but this one is a cross between plum and copper. A strange color, to be sure, and it changes in the light. While these were destined for use by ARVN on Stevens 77E shotguns in VietNam, many never got there. The heat shields that did not make it overseas became surplus. They never made it to surplus stores. They were issued to Police Departments or sold on the commercial police supply market. There are Police Departments today who still have these mounted on their old Savage/Stevens 520’s and 77’s, or on their Remington 870’s, or on their Ithaca model shotguns, etc. This has the front sling swivel, and you would want a buttstock with a sling swivel, or you would add a sling swivel to the butt stock. . This came from a Police Department where it was sold as surplus when they got rid of their vintage .12 gauge shotguns. Since this transferred from the military to the police, and it may have been mounted on a shotgun and issued, it has wear. This has most of its bluing, better than 90%, on the heat shield, but it does have several little spots of surface rust. There is a bit of a patina on parts of the surface. The edge/side of the heat shield has a slight dent in one spot, I am pointing at it in one of the photos. Please ask any questions before you bid. I want you to be happy with this. I posted lots of photos from all angles. You can really see this G.I. trenchgun hand-guard for its features, and its wear, and even the little spots of light surface rust and that little dent. Please take a good look. My opening bid is 99 cents, and I am selling this with no reserve. I have seen rusty ones like this sell for $150, and a 99% condition one sell for $400. THANK YOU to our veterans and our service personnel, men and women, for keeping us free!

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