Just in case - are you certain that it's not the defective Sears model that was recalled - where many folks turned the bolt in???
I have two bolt action shotguns including one from Sears and it works fine - I believe that the recall serial number range notice is still floating around online...
Missing the bolt because it was sent in for a $50 gift card?????
Unsafe to shoot unless it was the newer model after 1949/1950. Very few newer models were made, Replaced by a different gun.
Don't shoot it.https://www.gunvaluesboard.com/value-of-j.c-higgins-12-gauge-mod.-583.17a-shotgun-13637946.html
Originally a $160.00 recall on the shotgun, by sending in the bolt assembly (no replacement available).
Because over 12,000 bolts were sent in, Sears changed in 2008 to a $50.00 gift card.
Screw on side would snap off. Firing pin retaining pin would break, Both would allow bolt to come back in the shooters face. Side of the receiver where the bolt was would shear off.We sent in over 50 bolts for the $160.00, we cut down the barrels and made wind chimes . We did not sell parts due to liability reasons.
We often get folks calling wanting a bolt for a Shotgun they bought cheap......
Sears Issues Voluntary Recall on J.C. Higgins Shotgun
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Sears, Roebuck and Co.
(NYSE: S) today announced a voluntary recall of J.C. Higgins Bolt Action
12-Gauge shotguns, a product manufactured for and sold by the company during
The shotguns are being voluntary recalled due to a potential problem with
the bolt latch assembly, which could cause the assembly to fail allowing it to
dislodge and strike the operator in the face. Sears is offering a $160
finders' fee for the return of the bolt, making the shotgun inoperable.
The shotguns were sold in Sears stores and through its catalog as the
"J.C. Higgins Bolt Action 12-Gauge Model 10 Shotgun" during the 1950s. It was
carried under a number of product numbers: 583.13, 583.14, 583.15, 583.16,
583.17, 583.18, 583.19, 583.20, 583.21 and 583.22. The product model number
is engraved on the barrel of the shotgun.
Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the shotgun. Call
800-817-9165 for identification verification and instructions on return
Since the bolt handle locks the bolt in the receiver it seems to me the only time the bolt can come back is after the handle is lifted clear of the notch in the receiver. The screw in the side of the receiver simply prevents the bolt from being pulled out of the receiver when ejecting a fired shell and loading another shell in the chamber. If someone pulled the bolt back with enough force to shear the screw and hit himself in the face with the bolt it seems he was looking to file a lawsuit! Just my opinion.