Fox Model B Shotgun

The Fox Model B is a moderately-priced side-by-side double-barrel shotgun with concealed hammers. Introduced in 1939 by Savage Arms Corp., this gun bears the name of the famous Fox shotguns which were produced for many years by the A. H. Fox Gun Co. in Philadelphia. In 1930, Savage bought out the Fox Co., and the Model B is the only shotgun that is still in production under the name "Fox".

There are a number of versions of the Model B. The Model B has 2 triggers, and the Model B-ST has a gold-plated non-selective single trigger and beaver-tail fore-end. Both versions have a ventilated rib, and are offered in 12-, 16-, and 20-ga., and .410-bore. They feature a box-type frame which is case-hardened in colors, automatic pushbutton safety on upper receiver tang, and black walnut stock and fore-end. The stock is of pistol-grip type with cap, and grip and fore-end are checkered. Barrel lengths range from 26" to 30", and chokes from improved cylinder to full. The Model B De Luxe is similar to the B-ST, but with a chrome-finish frame and trigger guard, and checkering on the stock panels.

In earlier versions of this gun, the fore-end iron is held to the fore-end by 2 wood screws. In some later specimens 2 machine screws are used in lieu of wood screws, and in the newest Model B the rear fore-end screw engages a threaded hole in a flat steel fore-end insert. The latest type is illustrated.

Savage Model Mainspring Removal

1 Remove trigger guard screw (37) and unscrew trigger guard (36) from frame (11). Remove buttplate screws (59) and buttplate (58). Then remove stock bolt (45), stock bolt washer (22), and stock. Remove fore-end (46) by pulling down on its front end, open action by pushing to right on top snap (12), and remove barrel assembly (1) from frame


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2 Remove triggers (25 & 26) after drifting out trigger pin (27) from right to left. (A) Drive out safety lever pin (21), and remove trigger springs (23 & 24) and safety lever (20). (B) Pry out safety spring (17), (C) remove safety plunger (19), and safety button (18)

3(A) Drive out sear pin (28), and remove sears (30 & 31). Remove sear spring (32) from under cocking lever spring (33). (B) Drift out cocking lever and hammer pin (29) and take out hammers (38 & 39), mainsprings (43), mainspring plungers (40), and cocking lever (35). Turn out firing pin retaining screws (41) and withdraw firing pins (42) and firing pin springs (44)

1. Barrel assembly

2. Front sight

3. Rear sight

4. Extractor

5. Cocking plunger retaining screw

6. Cocking plunger spring

7. Cocking plunger

8. Extractor screw

9. Top snap trip

10. Top snap trip spring

11. Frame

12. Top snap

13. Top snap screw

14. Top snap plunger

15. Top snap plunger collar

16. Top snap plunger spring

17. Safety spring

18. Safety button

19. Safety plunger

Parts Legend

20. Safety lever

21. Safety lever pin

22. Stock bolt washer

23. Trigger spring, left

24. Trigger spring, right

25. Trigger, left

26. Trigger, right

27. Trigger pin

28. Sear pin

29. Cocking lever and hammer pin

30. Sear, left

31. Sear, right

32. Sear spring

33. Cocking lever spring

34. Cocking lever spring pin

35. Cocking lever

36. Trigger guard

37. Trigger guard screw

38. Hammer, left

39. Hammer, right

40. Mainspring pli^nger (2)

41. Firing pin retaining screw (2)

43. Mainspring (2)

44. Firing pin spring (2)

45. Stock boll

46. Fore-end

47. Fore-end screw, front

48. Fore-end insert

49. Pistol grip cap

50. Pistol grip cap screw

51. Fore-end iron

52. Fore-end spring pin

53. Ejector screw

54. Fore-end screw, rear

55. Fore-end spring

56. Fore-end spring spring

57. Ejector

58. Buttplate

59. Buttplate screw (2)

Pump Shotgun Reassembly

4 Depress top snap trip (9) so that top snap (12) can move to its central position. Using a screwdriver, force top snap plunger spring (16) forward and to left out of lug in top tang of frame. Remove top snap plunger (14). top snap plunger collar (15), and top snap plunger spring. Using an offset screwdriver, remove top snap screw (13) and lift out top snap (12). top snap trip (9), and top snap trip spring (10). Reassemble in reverse. When replacing top snap plunger spring, it is neccssary to use a divided-blade push tool similar to a bent screwdriver with split blade to facilitate compression of spring

5 Remove cocking plunger retaining screw (5—upper arrow), cocking plunger (7). and cocking plunger spring (6). Remove Extractor screw (8—lower arrow), and withdraw extractor (4)

6 When replacing hammers, a special tool (A) is required. It is a piece of steel or brass *Vh"x%"x6" long, and bent 90° at approximately AVz" of its length. Its short end is shaped to same outline as back of hammer, and lower point is shaped to enter sear notch of hammer. Clamp frame in vise with padded jaws so that rear of frame is up, and place mainsprings and mainspring plungers into frame. Position a hammer so that its projection at lower front engages notch in mainspring plunger, and push hammer toward front of frame with too! to align hole in hammer with hole in frame. Insert punch through frame hole and hammer, pass punch through cocking lever, put in second hammer, press it forward with tool, and insert punch through holes in second hammer and other side of frame. Then drive in hammer pin. pushing out punch. Drawing shows relative position of parts ■

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