Make: Sears. Roebuck And Co.
Model: 21 Ted Williams
Serial Number: NSN
Year of Manufacture: Ca. 1965
Caliber: 12 Gauge 2 3/4” Shells
Action Type: Pump Action Action
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SEARS. ROEBUCK AND CO. / MOD. 21 12GA. 583.2025 / SEARS – TED WILLIAMS”. The right side of the barrel is marked “PROOF TESTED 12 GA. / 2 3/4” CHAMBER”. The left and right side of the receiver has scroll drawn to mimic engraving.
Barrel Length: 27”
Choke Adjustable Poly choke: Modified, Improved, and Full
Sights / Optics: The shotgun is mounted with a bead sight midway along the rib and another bead at the muzzle.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are smooth wood with checkering on the forend and pistol grip. The forend has a few very light compression marks. The buttstock has a small nick in the belly. There is a light handling mark on the left side above the pistol grip. The LOP measures 14” from the trigger to the rubber recoil pad. The recoil pad is hard and has no cracks. There is some damage to the toe. None of this damage is significant enough to detract from the beauty of the stock. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is smooth. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 92% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows light handling marks on the receiver. Where the forend is cycled there is very little thinning. There is a very small area of pinprick marks on the left side of the barrel in front of the markings. The Screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this shotgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: According to IMFDB.org “The J.C. Higgins Shotgun Series was a branded commercial shotgun, manufactured by High Standard Arms under contract for the department store chain Sears & Roebuck. J.C. Higgins was specifically a Sears firearms line and was sold in its stores and through its catalog for many years. It was very common in the first half of the 20th century for large retail outfits like Sears, Woolworths, Great Western and others to have firearms manufactured by American gun companies and then sell them under them under their own line. Typically these contract guns were no-frills and therefore more affordable, but quality didn't suffer. The Model 21 "Ted Williams" Deluxe was obviously a more luxurious model. J.C. Higgins was actually a long-term employee of Sears who passed away in 1950. The J.C. Higgins Model 21 "Ted Williams" Deluxe was essentially the same shotgun. The only real difference was cosmetic and therefore it had higher price tag.” Stories like this are adding to the interest in collecting these brand guns. This shotgun's condition is Fine, usually uncharacteristic for a shotgun made for use. If you're not the collecting type, the adjustable choke is really unique and easy to use. Just a twist and you're going from clay pigeons to pheasant to home defense.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This shotgun can be transferred in California.
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