Monday, October 11, 2010

JC Higgins (Sears) Model 20 "Tactical"

Many moons ago I acquired a JC Higgins "Model 20" 12 Gauge 2.5" chamber shotgun receiver through questionable means (on ebay, of all places).  Not being a shotgun guy, it was really tough trying to find what model this shotgun was with just an unmarked receiver.  To add some confusion, it should be noted that this shotgun was also known by other names including "Flight King", "High Standard", "Sears", and 583.XX (Where XX is whatever random-ass number Sears decided to use at the time).

It was missing the barrel and stock, but was otherwise all there.  I bought the barrel off Numrich, but could never find a stock (for less than 50 bucks), so I made one from a broken Gewehr 1888 stock I had lying around.  I simply drilled a hole all the way through the length of the  stock, ran a threaded rod through it that connected the receiver, and tightened it up with a nut  (at the time, had I known how rare Gew88 stocks were I would have saved the fore-end and made the simple repair to restore it).  I finished it with some gloss black and called it done.  It was a little short and uncomfortable, but it worked.