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I have a J. C. Higgins model 30 with a retractable sling in the butt. I have looked at every gunshow and searched the net. I would like to know when it was made and how rare it is. I have showed it to many people and no one has seen anything like it. Any info would be appreciated.
 

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Hmmmmmmm....

Sometimes I feel like my butt is in a sling, too...but its not retractable.

Have you tried a Google search on the net?

Iheard you can find anythung on that there internet!

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Greytex, J.C.Higgens is a Sears Store brand. I see a Sears Mod 30 that was listed as a pump 22 that was made by High Standard that is the only 22 I see listed as a model 30 by Sears. If that is correct that is the only info listed High standard also made them a pump 22 that was a M35. If your gun is not a pump post what action it is and recheck the model # and I will look it up again. The retractable sling is just too little to go on with out knowing what type of action it was if it was not a pump. answer this post and let me know. Jim
 

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It is a semi-auto with a tube feed magazine. I know that j c higgins was sears store brand and that sears did not manufacture their own guns.
The charging handle is on the left hand side and sits foward of the reciver. The gun looks well made. thanks for the input.
 

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graytex,

The Gun Parts Corporation Catalog shows a parts breakdown for the J.C. Higgins Model 28, 29, 30 & 31. It states that almost all of the parts are interchangeable between models and that they are all semi-auto .22s.

How I know is this: I have a Model 31 J.C. Higgins. It was the second gun I got as a kid. This was in 1955 and it was used then, and purchased from a friend of my father's.

So, I don't know exactly when it was made, but it was around the early to middle 1950s.

By the way, I love this gun. I have no idea how many rounds I have put through it, but it's in the tens of thousands easily. Hunted with it all over the Fairbanks, Ak. area as a kid and it still works great.

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Thanks Ka60tm!! Glad you like your gun! :grin: I did not look far enough I looked in the back of the book under the crossreference section but did not look IN the book under JC HIGGINS. I would think that this gun would not be rare

Graytex as it was a catalog and store gun I would guess that many were sold. Who ever made them for sears and I am guessing High Standard probably had their own out also. I have no idea the years they were made but I would guess no later than 1968 when the gun act come in agaisnt mail order gun sales and other gun acts. Jim
 

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jh45gun,

Man, you are a GOOD guesser. After reading your post, I looked in the Catalog for High Standard .22 rifles and guess what....It's a High Standard Model 34. The picture in the catalog is essentially identical to what I have, so High Standard made them for Sears.

This is amazing. I've owned the gun continuously for 48 years and never knew who made it.

As you say, I'm sure there is no appreciable value for this rifle but, I've never seen another one either, and I got to a lot of gun shows.

Oh well. Some day I'll pass it on to a Great Nephew along with all the others and let them know who made it.

BTW, my first gun, which I got about 6 months before this one is a Single Shot .410 Gauge from Crescent Firearms Company. Nice case hardened receiver. No value there either, but you can still get parts from Gun Parts Corp. Bought a new firing pin a couple of years ago.

Take care,
Ka6otm
 

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Ka60tm, glad I could be a help to you and greytex and thank you for steering me straight on the model # as I only looked in the back of the book and not for JC Higgins in the book it's self. So I learned something today also. Jim
 

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The gun traders guide 24 third edition does not have a listing for a semi-auto under sears brand. It does not look like any of the high-standard autoloaders. It just has some intresting features, the retractable sling, the cocking handle is located on the left hand side mounted forward of the receiver and stock is a two pieces but looks like a one piece. I have drug this gun to shows for two years and no one has a clue..thanks for the input everybody
 

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I would contact some of the gun mags that have the question and answer collumns if you still want info and ask them. If you send a pic or 2 and give a detailed description they might find it worthwhile and interesting enough to check it out for you and do a piece on it in one of their collumns. The retractable sling and cocking handle I would think make it a interesting enough gun for their collumns. I did that in the new Shooting Illustrated NRA Mag and was pleasantly suprised that they answered me on my question. I would contact all of them some have email and some you might have to write to but would give that a try as they have more resources for checking out guns than Ka60tm or myself.
 

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graytex,

As you noticed, that was a model 31, the same as I have. That one's identical to mine except for the retractible sling....which the first owner of mine removed and it's somehow lost...

Anyway, since they look identical, I don't know what the difference was but as I mentioned earlier, Gun Parts Corp. says almost all of the parts are interchangeable through the four different models.

Yes, it was evidently made by High Standard. If you can find a picture of a model 34 High standard, you'll see it's pretty much identical except for the stock. If you took the front portion of your stock off and looked at the receiver, they are pretty close in appearance.

The one in this listing was listed for $169.00..or something like that. Great shooter but not much value. On the other hand, I got mine for #20.00 so I guess I can't complain.

Glad I could help,
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Mine was given to me by a friend who does estate sales. I never thought it would be worth much. I just could tell it was well made and rather unusual. Thanks for the help!
 

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Graytex, my Dad owns one of these and has had it since the early 70's. He bought it in Baltimore where Sears had a major catalog/distribution store. With Balto. being a major hub of Motgomery Ward and Sears, there were always odd Ted Williams and J. C. Higgins articles showing up in the local newspaper. The thin piece of wood on the receiver gives an example of the uncommon craftsmanship, as does the retractable sling. Even though your rifle is of fairly low value, it is still a fine example of the "Old Hardware Store" 22's.
 

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Also, according to my reference,(Gun Digest 1962) the J.C. Higgins Model 31 was introduced that year and cost $44.95.
 

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Hi Flash,

BTW, Flash was my nickname in the Army. Always liked it but can't use it on forums as it is almost invariably taken on most of them.

Hate to say it but the Gun Digest is wrong about the Model 31. Mine is absolutely a Model 31 by the engraving on the barrel and I got it used in 1957.

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Ka6otm,
This is believable because it also lists the Lyman 310 tool as a new product and this has been around since the dawn of time. My Dad kept references of most of his guns and we never had found any material printed about this gun before that date. We never contacted High Standard about the gun and always felt that this was the begining of the 31. Thanks for sharing that with me. Do you know when it was introduced?
 

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Flash,

Sorry, but I can't help you about when the Model 31 was introduced. This one I have, purchased in 1957, belonged to a friend of my father. He had owned it for around 2 years by then, so he bought it new around 1955. I shot this rifle for 2 years before buying it as the friend used to go shooting with us whenever we went and, as a kid then, I loved the idea of shooting semi-autos. He was single and had no relatives within 2000 miles, so we were extended family, I guess.

By the way, this really shows you how times have changed...for the worse. I bought this gun (with my father's permission) when I was in grade school. I used to go downtown to the local Sporting Goods store and buy .22 LR shells without my Dad being with me, too.

Funny but....we never had any school shootings then and all of my friends owned guns and we went off into the woods with them on a regular basis and shot up things...

However, that doesn't mean that 1955 was the introduction either...might be and might not be. I really don't know.

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I also have a JC Higgins .22 Model 31 with a retractable strap. I have tried very hard to find out any information I can about it and you are the only other person that I have seen with one. Here's what I know about it---My grandfather bought it new from Sears in 1955 or 56 for my father. He doesn't remeber the exact year but around the time he was 14 or 15 yrs old. Sears had recently gotten a contract with JC Higgins to supply guns for their stores or had actuaaly bought out JC Higgins. I'm not sure about which story is correct. My father gave the gun to me when I turned 13.
The gun itself is such a sweet rifle. I can drive nails with it. I remember learning how to shoot very well as I would hunt quail and dove using it. It has a few features that I have yet to see in any other guns. The retractable strap being one. The second is that it takes long or short bullets. I believe it's 25 longs or 28 shorts. You can also load long or short together. It doesn't matter.
I'm not sure what the original cost of the gun was or what it is worth now. Though it really doesn't matter as I have decided to give it to my grandson when he turns 13.
I hoped this helped you a little. Anymore information would be appreciated.
Lisa
 
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