JC Higgins Model t Slide Action t Rifle This 's going to dependwholly on the serialization. Should the serialization be afive-digit serial number such as 583XX, in all probability, thefirearm was manufactured for Sears Roebuck & Co in the e to mid1950's. I on these f are sketchy as JC Higgins wasoften u as a Private Label by Sears and changed manufacturersactually made the firearm. The b s of i 's goingto be the Sears Roebuck Catalogs from 1950 through 1960.That wouldbe a good research s point. The 583.XXis the seras reference numbers and 're not serialization.583 does i the s to Seras as the High StandardManufacturing Corp. There were 5 versions of the Model t and thelater versions will have an assembly d code on the barrel in theform of two upper i letters.
Jc Higgins Model 20 Barrel Length
I just recieved a 12 ga for Christmas from my wife's grandfather, here is what is stamped on itLEFT SIDE, On BarrelJ.C. HIGGINS MODEL 20-12 GA.SEARS, ROEBUCK AND C0 583 200It also has a 'P' stamped near this letteringRIGHT SIDE, On BarrelPROOF TESTED-12GA-MOD2 3/4' CHAMBERGranpa did not remember when he bought it, but he guessed in the 50's.I'm looking to use it as a field gun, and maybe shoot a little skeet with it (non-competitive, more as practice)Any known problems with this model.I am going to give it a real thorough cleaning before anything else, then swing by the local gunsmith to have it safety checked. (has not been fired since the 60's). I think this High Standard owner's manual will cover your JC Higgins gun.The HS Flite King is covered in the Gun Digest Book of Firearms Assembly/disassembly Part V Shotguns. I scanned it and didn't see any mention of removing the barrel. I don't think it can be removed except by a gunsmith.However, this web sitelists a separate version of the Flite King called the 'removable barrel series'.
I don't think the JC Higgins is one of that series.I'm a dyslexic agnostic insomniac.I lay awake at night wondering if there is a dog. The rollmark does not appear to refer directly to the date of manufacture, but rather to the particular lot of guns that was shipped to sears. Each mass order shipped seems to have been assigned a single number. For example, the first 3 digits (583) identify the manufacturer as high standard.
While the remaining #s would refer to the shipment lot. Thus, the 4 shipments of model 20s sent to sears in 1955 were rollmarked 583.87, 583.88, 583.89, 583.200 No idea where they pulled these numbers from, but the site I found this on listed the rollmarks for shipments from 1947,till 1956. The rollmark does not appear to refer directly to the date of manufacture, but rather to the particular lot of guns that was shipped to sears. Each mass order shipped seems to have been assigned a single number. For example, the first 3 digits (583) identify the manufacturer as high standard.
While the remaining #s would refer to the shipment lot. Thus, the 4 shipments of model 20s sent to sears in 1955 were rollmarked 583.87, 583.88, 583.89, 583.200 No idea where they pulled these numbers from, but the site I found this on listed the rollmarks for shipments from 1947,till 1956.Please supply the URL for the referenced site.
Budrichard Your discription of the higgins m20 as (very robust) does kind of hit it right on the nose, don't it? Just meant to add that I've always wanted to find a 20ga version of this gun. However, every higgins m20 in 20ga, as well as every High Standard marked pump in 20ga that I've run across seems to have had a significant redesign (for the worse).
Maybe a cost cutting move, I dunno, as this was the general period when milling intensive designs were being dropped in favor of designs utilizing more stamped parts. At any rate, the 20 guage is just not the same gun as the 12. Hope this helps,Sears Pump Action ShotgunsIdent.
Model Gauge Roll Mark Date583.53 20 12 8/26/47583.54 20 12 2/17/48583.55 20 12 3.56 20 12 3.55 20 12 3.56 20 12 3.57 20 12 9/10/51583.58 20 12 9/10/51583.59 20 12 5/17/52583.60 20 12 5/17/52583.61 20 12 4/22/54.583.87 20 12 /3/55583.88 20 12 2/3/55583.89 20 12 2/3/55.583.200 20 12 2/21/ 20 12 126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.2051 20 16.5184.108.40.206.203.203.2085 21.4 21.4 21.410A typical roll mark will read:J. HIGGINS, MODEL 20, 12 GA. SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO. 583.88and is usually rolled on the left side of the barrel just forward of the receiver.Taken from data on sheet 2 of 5 compiled by J.
Reardon 1/28/77Transcribed by John J. 6 April, 2002Released 6 April, 2002, Revised 28 December, 2003© John J. 2002, 2003-For questions about High Standard products, use the forum of this websiteFor questions about or problems with this website, contact: John Stimson, Jr. Cleaning tip for these guns. Always clean the inside of the receiver waaaaay up in the top.
Junk builds up in a recess up in there. For example if you shoot a lot of clays or go to turkey shoots in the fall with this gun. Mine with the long range choke installed in South Carolina turkey shoots won pick-up truck loads of hams and turkeys.
The build up (above part #9 the bolt) eventually clogs up the top of the receiver body and allows the bolt to open when firing. Buildup prevents the bolt from locking completely.
Scary when flames shoot out the right side. Any one else see this?