My grandfather left me this shotgun when he passed away. I have used it and tried to keep it clean (without knowing how to completely disassemble it) for the last 10 years or so. I just recently starting tinkering with my AR-15 and getting a little more courageous when it comes to taking a gun apart so I tackled the old shotgun. I got the trigger and bolt assembly out and cleaned them and the receiver thoroughly. I put it back in the case with the bolt open and when I arrived at the trap and skeet range a couple days later and opened the case, the bolt was closed. Much to my chagrin the "action bar" had snapped in two. I did a little digging to find the name of the piece, and to learn how to take it apart. While doing that digging I came across a post on thehighroad and someone said these break occasionally and they're extremely hard to find. So I'm hopeing someone here can help me find one or has one by some miracle.
Also, I'd like to know if anyone has a way of narrowing down when the shotgun was manufactured? Any/all help is much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
J.C. HIGGINS MODEL 60 12 GA.
SEARS ROEBUCK AND CO. 583.600
U.S. PATENT PENDING
(there's also a stamped "D" to the right)
The action bar... out of action
Yes that is it... and yes it is sold out. From what I've found/read online they are a common point of failure and they are very hard to come by. Any other suggestions for places to check would be much appreciated. I'm going to try Jack First Gunshop tomorrow. Thanks again.
Out of curiosity i just checked again and that part is no longer listed as out-of-stock. It is pricey though.
I would check Gunbroker regularly for either the part or a complete gun. Have you found out who the original manufacturer was? I would guess High Standard (possibly a Supermatic). Knowing that might open up more options for parts. You might be able to find a good welder to repair the broken bar as well. Or check around with local gun stores that have been around for a while, I know there store I used to work at had tons of various old parts in the back. All of your options require a bit of luck and/or money but if it has a bunch of sentimental value its worth a shot.
Yep, High Standard Supermatic. Not one of their best efforts. The action bar is notoriously fragile. It's not so much a question of if it will break but when. Hence the shortage of spare parts. Hence Numrich making repros at a healthy price.