Savage Model 24: C-C-C-Combo breaker!

by Chris Eger,  |  published on March 21, 2013

Ever had one of those days when you are hunting for squirrel with a .22 and then run across a wild hog or coyote that is just begging to be taken off the food chain and wished you brought your shotgun instead? Well that problem is a non-issue for the lucky legions of Savage Model 24 owners. This groovy little game getter came in a variety of flavors though with one unifying feature—they were a rifle and a shotgun in the same platform.

Stevens origins
The Savage 24 actually has a common ancestor from J. Stevens & Co of Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts.

This firm came about with a combination gun with a smoothbore .410 shotgun barrel married under a .22 rimfire rifle barrel with a single sight, hammer, and trigger. Stevens put the handy little marvel into production in 1938 with the appropriate moniker of the Model 22-410. The Army Air force ordered 15,000 of them for use as aircrew survival rifles with a Tenite (an early thermoplastic) stock. In 1950, the gun went out of production with Stevens.

Savage had been (and still is) the parent company of Stevens since 1920, making it easy to see the import of the Savage 24’s concept.

Design of the Savage 24
The same year the Stevens 22-410 went out of production, the Savage 24 was introduced. Taking the Stevens combo gun, Savage retained the concept of a standing breech, break open rifle over shotgun combination gun, which utilized a rebounding hammer and rear pushing extractors. The 24-inch .22 barrel would accept S, L and LR rimfire rounds and the same length .410 would take up to 3″shells and had a full choke. The double gun was a handy 41-inches overall and 7-pounds flat.

Many flavors
Savage over time improved the on-frame barrel selector and moved it to the hammer to make it more reliable, dropped the tenite moldings in favor of uncheckered walnut, and added other chamberings. The chamberings themselves produced a myriad of options including rifle calibers in not only 22 S/L/LR, but also 22 WMR, .30-.30, .357 Magnum, .22 Hornet, .222 Remington, .223, and .357 Max. Shotgun tubes included .410, 20-guage, and the ever-popular 12-gauge.

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