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Old 03-27-2014, 11:40 AM   #1
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I bought a shotgun like Grampa had

I finally found a Shotgun like my Grampa used when teaching me to hunt. A JC Higgins, made by Stevens Arms for Sears, Roebuck and Company 12 Gauge Side by Side Double Barrel Shotgun. Made in the USA.
I have wanted to find one for a long time and finally found one and bought it. I can't wait for it too arrive.
The gun was built before the Gun Control Act of 1968 so no serial number, can anyone tell me how to date it? If it applies to Stevens, then it may apply to my gun. The dealer said he thinks it is late fifties to early sixties.
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Old 03-27-2014, 11:47 AM   #2
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I blew up and cleared up the letter on the bottom of the receiver the best I could. Here is a picture. The letter is the only way to date the gun, since it was made before the 1968 Firearms Act and therefore has no serial number. I haven't received the gun yet, it should be here soon.
I believe it is a D, the letter inside the circle, meaning it is a 1952. Let me know if you think please.
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Darned if I can tell Cowboy. You're going to like that old shotgun. When I was young, I thought the more a shotgun cost, the better I could shoot it. Well, obviously, that wasn't true. The best scattergun shooting I ever did was with a Stevens 311 side x side, followed by a Winchester 37 single shot and then a beat up Mossberg 500. My Stevens side x side was the twin of yours except it had double triggers. Have fun shooting that J. C. Higgins - I'll bet you shoot it well.
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That does look like an old Stevens 311, except for the single trigger. Those were solid, workhorse kind of shotguns.
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Nice looking. Is it case hardened?
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I finally found a Shotgun like my Grampa used when teaching me to hunt. A JC Higgins, made by Stevens Arms for Sears, Roebuck and Company 12 Gauge Side by Side Double Barrel Shotgun. Made in the USA.
I have wanted to find one for a long time and finally found one and bought it. I can't wait for it too arrive.
The gun was built before the Gun Control Act of 1968 so no serial number, can anyone tell me how to date it? If it applies to Stevens, then it may apply to my gun. The dealer said he thinks it is late fifties to early sixties.
Just ask another gunsmith friend of mine who work on them.
He says early 50's to early 60's no way to tell.
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Old 03-27-2014, 11:43 PM   #7
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Darned if I can tell Cowboy. You're going to like that old shotgun. When I was young, I thought the more a shotgun cost, the better I could shoot it. Well, obviously, that wasn't true. The best scattergun shooting I ever did was with a Stevens 311 side x side, followed by a Winchester 37 single shot and then a beat up Mossberg 500. My Stevens side x side was the twin of yours except it had double triggers. Have fun shooting that J. C. Higgins - I'll bet you shoot it well.
Your absolutely right, Sears, Roebuck & Co. had Stevens make them a Model 311 with the single trigger and stamp it with JC Higgins and the current Sears logo, but other than the single trigger, the guns are the same. I have been looking for one for along time, so I've done quite a bit of research on them.
I wanted the same model my Grandpa had and finally found it. My Grampa used that shotgun for about every kind of hunting I ever saw him do. He had a lot of other guns that people might have said now days were more suited to certain kinds of hunting. However most of those collected dust, except for his .410 that I mostly used, and he just kept on using his Sears Double Barrel. It was his workhorse gun.
He was and in my mind and still is a great man. He was from the Great Depression/WWII generation. When He found something reliable, he stuck with it. I admire him and that generation a lot.
I have found that they can be dated like the Stevens. On the bottom of the receiver, there is a letter with a circle around it. A = 1949, B = 1050 and so on. the letters O and Q weren't used.
I think the letter is a D, but I'm not sure and only have the picture to go by. The scattergun should be here this coming week and then I will know what the letter is.
I'm so happy to have finally found one to buy. I can't wait for it to arrive.

Thank you all so much for your help and congrats.
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Nice looking. Is it case hardened?
That I'm not sure of. I'll have to find out.
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