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Old 07-21-2018, 04:35 PM   #1
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JC Higgins-Never Heard of The Brand Until Today

I saw this on a local buy/sell site here in the Lou this morning and to be honest I had never heard of JC Higgins guns. As it turns out they were sold at Sears and manufactured by High Standard and the last ones were made in 1962.

This is the Model 90 that is chambered in 22 cal, holds 9 rounds and has a 5 1/2" barrel. After tracing the serial number this was made in 1960/1961.

I wasn't really in need of another 22 cal, but for a couple of Benjamins I couldn't pass it up.
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Old 07-21-2018, 05:12 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Marshall View Post
... I had never heard of JC Higgins guns..
A nice pick up for your collection. I remember JC Higgins .22 rifles and I think my grandpa had a JCH 12 gauge single shot shotgun too. And my sister had a JCH bicycle that got handed down to me and I added big metal baskets, front and rear, and used it to deliver newspapers. Thanks for the memories
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True what Paul said!
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Marshall, did you grow up under a rock? I had a couple of J.C.Higgins bikes when I was growing up. Back in the day Sears was the Amazon of the time. I used to drool all over the pages of their annual Christmas catalog, they had everything from guns to toys in it.
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Growing up in central Ohio, as Chuck said, Sears was the Amazon back then. We had both JC Higgins guns and bicycles. Enjoy your catch.
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Originally Posted by Chuck43 View Post
Marshall, did you grow up under a rock? I had a couple of J.C.Higgins bikes when I was growing up. Back in the day Sears was the Amazon of the time. I used to drool all over the pages of their annual Christmas catalog, they had everything from guns to toys in it.
No sir, but remember that there is 20 years between us and Sears stopped selling that brand one year before my birth in 1963......

Do I get credit for remembering JC Whitney or JC Penney ?.......
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almost everything at sears
was jc back then

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._C._Higgins

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Not a bad looking little gun.
Good catch.
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Not a bad looking little gun.
Good catch.
Thanks Rusty. Not bad for what I paid for it and actually I had cashed in two change jugs on Wednesday because they were full and the total was $178.34, so in my feeble mind I only added $21.66 to buy this oldie but goodie.....

I would imagine that this gun probably sold for $50 bucks less/more back in 1960 ???
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Very interesting......

The brand name, J. C. Higgins, was based on a real person, John Higgins who was a Sears employee. He moved from his birth country of Ireland to the United States in his late teens and began working for Sears in 1898. He spent his entire working career with Sears and was Vice President for the company for a period of time. He was actually born with no middle name but the Sears Co. presented the idea of labeling their sporting good line with his name and saw it more presentable labeling the brand as J.C. Higgins. He worked with the company until his retirement as head bookkeeper in 1930. Higgins died in 1950. His expertise in sporting goods or sports is unknown.
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