J.C. Higgins Model 583.16 12 ga. 2 ¾” Bolt Action Shotgun
This gun is in very good condition. Mechanically tight, operates smoothly and shows minimal wear. The bore is clean and shinny, no rust or corrosion. There are some small areas of light pitting due to surface rust and a few small dings but overall the blue finish is very good (~90%+). The stock has some bruises, a couple of nicks and a very repairable crack developing at the fore end (see photos). The original finish is still very good. The original J.C.Higgins recoil pad has been replaced. The full choke barrel length is 22”, the LOP 13 ¾” and the magazine capacity is 5 rounds.
HISTORY - These bolt action shotguns were made between 1945/46 and 1956. Internet research indicates these bolt action shotguns were originally made by H&R (Models 120/121/348/349/351, same basic design). Sears bought the rights to the design around 1948 and then they were manufactured for Sears by High Standard. They were marketed under the Sears trademarked J.C.HIGGINS label and known as the Sears/J.C.Higgins Model 10. The guns were marked Model 583.1 thru 583.25 for different gages, barrel lengths & features, etc. The 583.1 thru 583.12 were made by H&R and 583.12 thru 25 were made by High Standard. There is much misinformation about these bolt action guns as a result of Sears doing a recall on them (H&R never recalled theirs). The recall was caused by one incident were the user was hit in the face buy the bolt. Sears, being wary of a lawsuit, did a recall. No gun ever blew up, they are safe to shoot and numerous certified gunsmiths have attested as such. The bolt on these guns is locked in the receiver buy a screw in the side of the receiver (you have to loosen the screw to remove the bolt). The user allowed the screw to come loose and when he pulled the while holding the gun in the shooting position he hit himself in the face/eye with the bolt. Human error, not a gun problem.
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