Savage Model 24J Combination Gun

30 August 2012   |   by Colin Smith   |   Library

Savage Model 24J Combination Gun System

American Firearms and the Savage Model 24J Combination Gun

Origins and Development

The journey of the Savage Model 24J began in the early 20th century, rooted in the innovative vision of Arthur Savage, the founder of the Savage Arms Company. Savage, an entrepreneur and inventor, had already made a mark in the firearms industry with his Model 99 lever-action rifle. The idea of a combination gun – a firearm that could offer the functionality of both a shotgun and a rifle – was driven by the practical needs of hunters and rural dwellers who required a versatile tool for various types of game.

Design and Features

The Savage Model 24J, which emerged in the mid-20th century, showcased a design that was both innovative and practical. The firearm typically combined a .22 caliber rifle barrel over a 20-gauge shotgun barrel, offering the shooter the flexibility to switch between the two with ease. This over-under barrel configuration was a departure from the traditional side-by-side arrangement seen in earlier combination guns. The firearm featured a single trigger that could select either barrel, and a simple lever mechanism allowed for quick and easy barrel selection.

28 in. Solid Rib Barrel

The Savage Model 24J gained popularity rapidly, especially among hunters and trappers. Its versatility made it an ideal firearm for small game hunting, where the need to switch between a rifle and a shotgun could arise unexpectedly. The combination of a .22 caliber rifle and a 20-gauge shotgun provided a balance of precision and power, suitable for a range of small to medium-sized game.

Over the years, Savage Arms introduced several variants of the Model 24, each tailored to different needs and preferences. These variants included changes in caliber and gauge combinations, barrel lengths, and stock materials. Despite these variations, the core concept of a reliable and versatile combination gun remained intact.

28 in. Solid Rib Barrel

The Savage Model 24J Combination Gun stands as a testament to the ingenuity and foresight of Arthur Savage and the Savage Arms Company. Its unique design, offering the dual functionality of a rifle and a shotgun, revolutionized the concept of the combination gun and left a lasting impact on the firearms industry. As a piece of history, the Savage Model 24J continues to be celebrated for its practicality, versatility, and enduring legacy in the world of hunting and firearms.

Legacy and Collectibility

Today, the Savage Model 24J, along with its variants, holds a special place in the hearts of firearms collectors and hunting enthusiasts. Its historical significance, coupled with its practical design, makes it a sought-after item in the world of gun collecting. The Model 24J is not just a firearm; it's a symbol of innovation and adaptability in the ever-evolving landscape of hunting and sporting firearms.

28 in. Solid Rib Barrel

The best of both worlds combined in one! This Savage Combination gun is chambered for the .22 Magnum in the top barrel and 3" .410 shells in the bottom barrel. The barrel selector switch is on the hammer. The double barrel O/U pictured with a Remington #6 3" .410 gauge shotgun shell and a .22 Magnum rifle cartridge.

During World War II, the U.S. Army Air Corps bought 15,000 22-410 combination guns to use as survival guns. Stevens Arms first made these guns from 1938 to 1950 and when they stopped, Savage introduced the Model 24. The Model 24 was produced all the way up to 2010 when it was discontinued.
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Savage Model 24J Combination Gun pistol