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jckeffer
November 28, 2008, 03:35 AM
I'd like to find a Owner's Manual or other literature for an old 12ga shotgun.

Specifically:

J.C. HIGGINS – MODEL 58320
SEARS, ROBUCK AND CO.
PROOF TESTED 12 GA FULL
2 ¾” CHAMBER

(no serial number)

I do know that there was a recall on this model by Sears in 2005 but the shotgun killed many a duck, goose and rabbit in the 60's and early 70's for me and who knows how many before that by my dad and his brothers. Not a valuable firearm either - to anyone other than me.

James K
November 28, 2008, 01:27 PM
I am puzzled as my sources say the Sears 583.20 was the High Standard Flite King, a pump gun. 583.2 was the H&R Model 120, and that gun looks like it, but IIRC the 120 was made only in 16 and 20 gauges. Maybe they made it in 12 gauge for Sears.

It really makes little difference, since Sears wants to play holy and pretend they never sold guns, while the other companies have long been reorganized and have no information on the old products.

You might try one of the companies that specialize in old gun manuals; try entering "shotgun manual" into Google and see what happens. The trouble is that those bolt guns were near the bottom in price and are not collectibles, so interest is low.

Do you have some specific questions that we might help with, or did you just want the manual for general information?

Jim

Steven Mace
November 28, 2008, 01:32 PM
jckeffer, try the link below.

http://www.histandard.info/manuals/hpashotguns/0387D150R.pdf

Steve Mace

jckeffer
November 29, 2008, 01:34 AM
Jim,
I don't know about your sources but the information was taken right off the barrel of the shotgun. I'm looking for the documents just for general info - and you're correct - it's a fairly low end firearm and not a collectible - unless you know the family history ;-) I've googled the h... out of it, checked Numrich, Brownells, and the rest of the internet :( No Luck

Steve,

Not even close :confused: The shotgun pictured is a 12ga bolt action made for Sears by J.C. Higgins.

Steven Mace
November 29, 2008, 04:03 AM
jckeffer, I didn't mean to mislead you. The link below should be much more helpful.

http://www.histandard.info/manuals/sears/bashotguns/0428D150R.pdf

Note: This shotgun was recalled by Sears some time ago.

http://130.94.182.159/recalls.htm#JCH

Steve Mace

James K
November 29, 2008, 01:22 PM
J.C. Higgins was a Sears trade name for their lower end sporting goods line. The name Ted Williams was used for the higher end products. Both were real people. Williams of course was a baseball star. Higgins was, I understand, not a sports figure, but the long-time head of Sears sporting goods division.

Jim

jckeffer
November 29, 2008, 08:15 PM
Steve - you're the MAN! What a Stud. Just what I was looking for!:):):):D