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J.C. Higgins Shotgun Series

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The J.C. Higgins Shotgun Series is 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 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 is cosmetic and therefore it had a higher price tag.


(1946 - 1966)

Type: Shotgun

Caliber: 12 gauge, 16 gauge, 20 gauge,

Capacity: 5

Fire Modes: Pump-Action

The J.C. Higgins Shotgun series can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

J.C. Higgins Model 20

J.C. Higgins Model 20 - 12 gauge


Title Actor Character Note Date
Dog Day Afternoon NYPD . 1975
Wheels of Fire Scourge's Man . 1985
The Park is Mine NYPD . 1985
King Kong Lives Leon Rippy Will compensated 1986
Big Fish Russell Hodgkinson Some Farmer 2003
Nude Nuns with Big Guns Los Muertos gang member sawed-off stock and barrel 2010
Machine Gun Preacher Gerard Butler Sam Childers sawn-off 2011
Torment Katharine Isabelle Sarah Morgan 2013
Joe Silvaggio Little Rabbit
Judas and the Black Messiah 2021


Title Actor Character Note Date
Continuum - Season 3 Sawed Off 2014

J.C. Higgins Model 21 Deluxe

Full size J.C. Higgins Model 21 Deluxe - 12 gauge
Ted Williams Model 21 cut down to a Short Shotgun - 12 gauge. Note the forearm engraving, the J.C. Higgins Model 21 is usually a plainer design.


Title Actor Character Note Date
Vampires Tim Guinee Father Guiteau Cut-down 1998
Red Dragon Ralph Fiennes Francis "The Tooth Fairy" Dolarhyde Cut-down 2002
Dark Blue Kurupt Darryl Orchard Cut-down 2002
Dark Blue Dash Mihok Gary Sidwell Cut-down 2002
The Punisher Thomas Jane Frank Castle Cut-down 2004
Stretch Robber 2014


Title Actor Character Note Date
Last Resort C.I.A. Agent Episode:"Blue Water" (S1E10) 2012

J.C. Higgins Model 200

Full size J.C. Higgins/High Standard Model 200 shotgun - 12 gauge

In the 1970s, Sears & Roebuck updated their base Model 20 line with the new Model 200. It is an updated version of the Model 20, built by High Standard, with more contemporary styling, akin to the Mossberg 500. Many examples are marked "High Standard" or just "Sears Roebuck" rather than J.C. Higgins.


Title Actor Character Note Date
Hap and Leonard Michael K. Williams Leonard Pine Episode:"Savage Season" (S1E01) 2016

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