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Old October 15, 2010, 11:29 PM   #1
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How old is a "JC Higgins" Model 28 .22 rifle?

The serial number is 528** and it is in excellent condition: inscribed with "Sears Roebuck". Had no luck with Wikipedia etc.

An older friend of my wife inherited it many years ago, and I just cleaned it.

She also has an original Walther P-38 handgun brought back from WW2 Europe, but that will stay in her family.

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Old October 16, 2010, 01:23 AM   #2
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JC Higgins was the Sears house brand from about 1950 to around 1970. I cannot find a reference for the Model 28.
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Old October 16, 2010, 02:01 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply Scorch, and any others.
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Old October 16, 2010, 08:46 AM   #4
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I think many J.C. Higgins rifles were made by Stevens.

You might check them for a model similar to yours and get an approximate date of manufacture.

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Old October 16, 2010, 10:54 AM   #5
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One of the "best" shooting single shot hand cocked .22 long rifle I ever shot was a J.C. Higgins back in the 50's. I spent many a day on the side of a bank waiting for ground hog's to come out of their holes. Did not miss many. Awe the good ole days!
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Old October 16, 2010, 11:05 AM   #6
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I have a J.C. Higgins double barrel 20 gauge that I started out hunting with. I think it's a 1974. Good gun though, killed many pheasants, quail and rabbit with it.
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Old October 16, 2010, 04:01 PM   #7
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I seem to recall the Brownells catalog listing a publication which tied all the 'in-house' branded guns to their maker.
An old GPC catalog I have here lists many Sears guns (and a few JC Higgins) cross-referenced to the real make and model, but there's no Mod.28
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Old October 16, 2010, 06:12 PM   #8
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I think it's a High Standard. Here is a Model 28 .pdf schematic.

http://pdf.textfiles.com/manuals/FIR...higgins_28.pdf

"Sears model 583.71"

The Blue Book lists the 583.7 as a High Standard Model 10.

I haven't found a Model 10 rifle yet, but the one in the .pdf file looks a lot like the Flite-King pumps.
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Old October 16, 2010, 06:18 PM   #9
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For some reason when I was going through that PDF I imagined the old infomercials from the 50's and 60's.
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Old October 17, 2010, 11:38 AM   #10
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I had one a few years back that was made in the early 50's. Sears at that time was the "go to" store for just about everything not food related.
The one I had was a tube feed bolt gun that inspite of the rust, wobbly buck horn sight and weak firing pin spring was very accurate, (when the pin worked). It was given to me and I passed it along to a friends son. I can't think of a better first rifle.
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Old October 17, 2010, 12:18 PM   #11
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I can't find a model 28.
https://www.gun-data.com/sears_roebuck_guns.html

At a guess it might be a Stevens model 66.

Post some pics.
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Old October 17, 2010, 04:20 PM   #12
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I don't find a Model 28 in my cross reference, but I have a model 29 which is a High Standard. The Models 30 and 31 I believe are also High Standard. They usually kept guns from the same manufacturer grouped pretty close number-wise. Your's may be a HS or could be the transition point from another maker. Put up some pics and we'll tell you.

Things to look for in HS guns of that range:

-Semi auto
-Magazine tube
-Aluminum reciever
-Vent on bottom of action
-Two piece stock w/flat forend

Just a couple things to look for to see if it's a HS.
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Old October 17, 2010, 09:20 PM   #13
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It was made by High Standard between 50 and 52 exclusively for Sears because Sears owned the design. http://www.histandard.info/models/pr.../SearsRim.html. The 583.71 is the model number Sears used for ordering parts. The last two digits could be different and would indicate a design change in the model 28 rifle. If you need parts the 583.xx is the number you need to go by not just model 28.
By the way, you don't have a serial number as they weren't required on your rifle until the Gun Control Act of 68.

Here is a better place to find more information on your rifle. http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums...splay.php?f=49. There is a member named Victor there who worked for High Standard and is a wealth of information.
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