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This is a discussion on JC Higgins 103.18 .22 Rifle within the Gun Gallery forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; I picked up this rifle from a co-worker for $54. The rifle's bluing is in really good shape with minimal wear/rust on it. The barrel ...


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Old May 10th, 2011, 09:18 AM   #1
 
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JC Higgins 103.18 .22 Rifle

I picked up this rifle from a co-worker for $54. The rifle's bluing is in really good shape with minimal wear/rust on it. The barrel after cleaned looked great and the trigger assembly was in great shape as well. The stock has been refinished from it's original form by the person I bought it off of. He did a good job at refinishing the stock so I can't complain. It only has one little scratch on it. I will put up more pictures when I have time but here is one of what it looks like:



(The stock looks lighter towards the top but that is due to the flash on my camera which I didn't mean to do..)

Some information about the gun if you are not familiar:

Single bolt, single shot rifle. They were made between 1946-1959 from what I can gather through search engines. It shoots .22 s/l/lr bullets. It is made by Marlin but put under the JC Higgins name for Sears & Roebuck Company. I have read a few posts from original owners that the price of these rifles were $8 from the Sears catalog and went up as high as $13 in the following years after release. These guns came with no serial number (Due to the fact that the federal act enabling manufacturers to put serial numbers came to be in 1968.)

I am not sure if there are any variations throughout the years or how you actually do tell what year it is from for there are no dates on stamped anywhere. Anyone familiar with these rifles or know about them?



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Old May 11th, 2011, 01:31 AM   #2
 
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Had a couple of J.C.'s through the years, a model 30 semi auto .22 and a bolt action 12 ga. Yes...bolt action .12 ga.! Both were from the '50's I think. Cool guns, both were in pretty good condition but not as nice as yours. Finally sold both as I like more "name brand" guns ("Winny's" "Remmy's" "Colt's" etc.) Do your research but you did great for $54! These guns are not worth much now (probably about $100 or so to a select few that want your model in good condition as I sold mine for $110 ea. on backpage -watch for scammers if you sell it on BP!) but I think it will change due to rarity (nobody cared much for non-name guns and they were generally beginner guns that were not as well taken care of). The biggest market right now for these is "baby boomers" who want it for sentimental reasons as they had them as kids. That was who I sold mine to. Check out his link and enjoy! That gun deserves a new good home and respect for what it is: An American icon! J. C. Higgins - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Good pickup.
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Thank you for the input. I can't wait to take this one out and have some fun with it. My arsenal is slowly increasing and if I can pick up a few inexpensive items along the way so be it. As I see it and as it seems to be guns don't lose their value very much especially the way they are taken care of on my end (Always cleaned and always lubed). This pup might need another really good scrub down in a week or two just to try to get any excess dirt/rust off but it shouldn't get any worse considering it has a fine coat of lube all over it currently. Even though the gun is completely basic I am surprised that these sell for so little...I mean it has some history to it and it seems like these are semi hard to come by in good condition. Just my .02 but I am glad I could share some info with you guys!
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Thank you for the input. I can't wait to take this one out and have some fun with it. My arsenal is slowly increasing and if I can pick up a few inexpensive items along the way so be it. As I see it and as it seems to be guns don't lose their value very much especially the way they are taken care of on my end (Always cleaned and always lubed). This pup might need another really good scrub down in a week or two just to try to get any excess dirt/rust off but it shouldn't get any worse considering it has a fine coat of lube all over it currently. Even though the gun is completely basic I am surprised that these sell for so little...I mean it has some history to it and it seems like these are semi hard to come by in good condition. Just my .02 but I am glad I could share some info with you guys!
It is amazing huh! Thanks for sharing you did good! A working bolt action rifle with history for $54! They are hard to come by in good condition especially that good as like I said these were generally beginner guns. Back then you would have been given the gun at 10-12 yrs. of age and grown up hunting after school in the woods etc. Eventually you would have grown out of it possibly passed it down to a younger brother and pretty much forgot it for the most part. The two J.C.'s I had were given to me in need of minor repair. I bought the parts needed at Numrich and Lee gun stocks, repaired them and decided to sell them to buy "name" guns I really wanted. As a result I restored two pieces of history, made a couple of guys real happy to have "thier old gun they grew up with back" and made a little cash for the guns I wanted. You might be surprised how accurate that old bolt action will shoot too! Thanks again for sharing and have fun!
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That is one thing I do keep hearing from owners of this gun and previous owners about how accurate these things are for how inexpensive they are. I can't wait till I take this thing out and try it for myself. I have a bushnell scope I wouldn't mind putting on this but this model does not have the scope brackets which would have been awesome if it did..I am sure there are ways of modding this thing so that it can support a scope but I don't want to take from the integrity of the gun and it is after all a .22 so the distance isn't going to be too far off where the eye can see. Once I take this out I will report back as to how it all went and my experience with this. It's going to be a whole lot different going from a SR556 to a single feed .22 lol.
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I love the store brand names although most don't have a high resale value. I just like the history of it - when you could walk into Sears, or Wards, or a Western Auto and walk out with .22 or a shotgun. I have several: A JC Higgins model 31 ( with built in retractable sling - still functions), A Western Field semi-auto .22 made by Savage. Western Field was a brand name sold through Montgomery Ward. I also have a Glenfield 60, made by Marlin - but my favorite is a Glenfield 65 with "Golden 50" written on the barrel that was made for OTASCO - which stands for the Oklahoma Tire and Supply Co.!!!
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I love the store brand names although most don't have a high resale value. I just like the history of it - when you could walk into Sears, or Wards, or a Western Auto and walk out with .22 or a shotgun. I have several: A JC Higgins model 31 ( with built in retractable sling - still functions), A Western Field semi-auto .22 made by Savage. Western Field was a brand name sold through Montgomery Ward. I also have a Glenfield 60, made by Marlin - but my favorite is a Glenfield 65 with "Golden 50" written on the barrel that was made for OTASCO - which stands for the Oklahoma Tire and Supply Co.!!!
OTASCO? That is cool! Actually the JC model 30 I stated above was a 31 cause I remember the plate at the butt of the rifle where the retractable sling went if you had that option. My gun did not have it and thus had the plate instead and no front sling swivel. I remember the guy that bought it from me called and the first thing he asked was if it had the retractable sling, hard to find still functioning. And good old Western Auto, I remember looking at the .22's and shotguns they had there! Forgot all about those stores!
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How to 'age' a jc higgins 22

I have a rifle like yours with one exception. My trigger guard is flat metal not the larger black molded trigger guard like your rifle. I do not kow how to upload a picture or I would have. But my rifle must be an older model, but with no serial number I have no way of knowing when it was made. However; I will continue to investigate. My rifle belonged to my Father-in-law, he gave it to me some 30 years ago, he is gone now and I cherish it. It is fully intact with minimal rust, and the bluing is still there, but worn. And it is accuate as all get out! I have bagged more cotton tail than I can count, plinked countless tin cans and taught my two sons to shoot with it. I take it out every few months and clean and oil it with care. Like many who own one the sentimental value is priceless. I have not refinished the stock and it is quite worn, I don't want it to lose it's 'character'. I hope some day to give it to my grandson, and hopefully, he will give it to his son. Bill
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Here is my Model 41 that was my Grandpa's. It has been in our family since it was new. I got it in 83 for a graduation present, which meant a lot since Grandpa passed in 78. Will never be sold.



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Those old single shot 22s are a piece of history from a by-gone era, namely, as thuffy1 says, from the days you could go out in the woods after school and go shooting. That's what I did with my brother and some of his friends, running a trapline for some spending money and shooting squirrels and rabbits for grandma to cook up for us. My brother and I I carried a Winchester 67, one friend had a Remington and one a Sears, all single shots.

Enjoy your 22 and, by all means, get out and shoot and, if possible, get a kid started in shooting. Thank-you, too, for posting. Brings back wonderful memories.
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That was my first gun that my Mom bought me. During those times we had very little money to spend but she knew how much my brother and I wanted one so she saved up enough to buy us each one. I would give anything to have it back now but like an idiot I sold the gun after enoying many rounds through it. Somewhere somebody has a piece of my life. You're no longer here Mom but I love you as much as ever for the kindness and compassion you have shown to me and others.
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I'm really happy to see that these guns mean as much to other people, as mine does to me. These guns take you back to when life was simple.
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Got one of these guns somewhere around 58, 59, or 60 for Christmas, my older brother and I both. Don't know whatever happened to them after getting drafted in 70. I think my younger brother might have sold them. Used to just take it plinking out in the canyon behind our house. Can you imagine doing that now in Kommiefornia. They would have the SWAT team out after you.
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I have a couple J.C. Higgins scopes that would look nice on one. And my wife has some J.C. Higgins rollerskates from when she was a little girl.
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