Model 15 Meriden Rifle

The Model 15 was Meriden's only slide action repeating rifle. This Meriden rifle first appeared in the late1912 Sears catalog, and featured an octagonal barrel with dovetailed front sight and folding rear sight.  The rifle also had a blued finish, thumb safety, walnut stock and crescent buttplate. It was also later offered with an engraved receiver

he Model 15 design seems to have evolved even after Meriden closed. Mossberg may have used the Model 15 as the basis for the Mossberg models K, M, and S. With the Model K being the most similar to the Meriden Model 15. During this time, Mossberg began producing the "Premier" based on the Meriden as a store brand gun.

The patent referenced on the Model 15 was issued to Basil Savage (of Duarte, CA). Basil's patent is later referenced in a patent filed by his brother, Arthur J. Savage of Meriden. Both men are the son of Arthur W. Savage (founder of Savage Arms and inventor of the radial tire). Arthur J. and Arthur W. were operating out of Utica NY in late 1800's. In 1901 Arthur W. Savage moved to Duarte, CA, and formed the Savage Tire company. Basil's 1912 patent hhas him residing in Duarte, and Arthur W. Savage is one of the witnesses. So there is a connection between Meriden Fire Arms and the very well known Savage Arms.

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