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Montgomery Ward 12 ga - Browning Patent

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by 320090T, Jun 11, 2010.

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  1. 320090T

    320090T Well-Known Member

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    I found a M/W 12 ga pump in a local gun shop, solid rib on the barrel, nice shape, felt real solid. The shotgun had "Built on Browning Patent" stamped in the metal. Anyone have any experience with these shotguns? Thanks.
     
  2. acorange

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    Did it have a "humpback" reciever profile like a Browning A-5 automatic?
    Bet it did...
    Probably said "Ranger" or "J.C. Higgins" on the side of the reciever.
    Pretty good shot guns, I have hunted with several people here in Iowa that shot them and my grandpa had one for many years.
    He liked his for shooting slugs. Even though it was marked Full choke it would shoot slugs pretty accurately for a bead sighted shotgun.
     
  3. rd

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    Was there ever a Browning pump gun with a humpback receiver? I have never seen or heard of one.
     
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    Ranger and J C Higgins were Sears.

    Bill
     
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    I thought the Winchester Ranger 120 and 130 had the same internals as the 1200 and 1300. They had a birch stock instead of walnut, and not as good of metal finish. I remember K-Mart selling them for around $150 in the seventies??? Memory is fading. Wayne
     
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    I have two of them. Westernfield Browning. It does have a hump back. early ones had dual triggers-one in front of the other. The front one was the safety. They pattern awesome with full choke. I grew up with one then foumd one for sale at MO State Shoot that still had the original Westernfield tag on it. I have over a dozen fine field guns but only hunt with this one in my old age. If yours matches this dcescription, it should say Westernfield on it.

    Great gun and will last forever.

    milt
     
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    I stand corrected.
    Got my Sears and Wards mixed up. Wards were definetly marked "Westernfield."
    Sears was J.C. Higgins,Ranger and Ted Williams.
    Have only seen the Humpbacked pumps by Westernfield and Savage.
    I don't think I have ever seen one with a solid rib though.
    The Westernfield that I was familiar with had the sliding saftey behind the reciever.
     
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    Stevens Model 520, Sear's + Ward's gun's were produced by Steven's and other's.
     
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