Sears & Roebuck firearms


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Gunnutz13
October 18, 2005, 10:36 AM
A female friend has a Sears lever action carbine with the word "Ranger" ( model ? ) and a patent date of 1915...but doesn't know the caliber. I've been to Google and the FaqFarm and found some info...like manufacturers such as Stevens, Savage, Marlin, and a little known company by the name of Meriden made firearms with the Sears name on them. Can anyone provide a source of information that would identify the firearms that Sears sold, or any info on the Ranger series of firearms...meanwhile, I'll be looking at the firearm for caliber and serial number...thanks in advance...:evil:

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deadin
October 18, 2005, 12:29 PM
There is a Store Brand cross-over list in the back of the Blue Book. Without a Model #, the closest guess I could make would be Marlin. They seem to be the only lever guns listed under "Ranger". What chambering is it in?
A picture would help.

Dean

dfariswheel
October 18, 2005, 01:49 PM
From the same question in the Rifle forum:
The best, and the one most other sources merely reprint is the cross reference list at Gun Parts Corporation.

Look on the right side of the home screen for the cross reference.

While not totally complete, it is the best.

http://www.e-gunparts.com

Keep in mind that Sears often sold the gun under the "Sears" name, the "Ranger" name, and the J.C. Higgins name.
So, although YOUR gun may have the "Ranger" name on it, it may be listed under one of the other.

BEARMAN
October 18, 2005, 02:22 PM
GOTO http://proofhouse.com/cm/house_brand.htm and http://pfbtparts.tripod.com/PFBT.html . There are only a few companies that have made CENTREFIRE LEVER RIFLES since 1915 , SAVAGE 99, MARLIN 336, MOSSBERG AND WINCHESTER 94 all come to mind, BUT THEY ALL HAVE A DISTICTIVE APPEARANCE, example: if it looks like a Marlin thats who made it. Winchester marketed a version of their MODEL 94 and called it a RANGER. Some place on the barrel near the back end there should be a stamp with the calibre.

Gunnutz13
October 19, 2005, 01:43 PM
to all of you who replied...I'm going to get her to supply me with all the markings...I'll post the info when I find out...:evil:

Gunnutz13
October 20, 2005, 09:16 AM
turns out the "rifle" is a double-barrel sxs shotgun chambered for 2 3/4 inch 12 guage shells. It has a double trigger and the word Ranger on it...no serial number...other words found include: proof tested & patent April 20th, 1915. No reference to Sears at all...I have checked out the cross references provide by forum members here, but 12 guage is not listed.
Anybody have any idea where to go next...Thanks in advance :evil:

Jagermeister
October 20, 2005, 10:26 AM
From SXS's of the World, By Charles Carder:

JM

Jagermeister
October 20, 2005, 10:43 AM
It would appear that you may want to have my new book. At the publisher now, will be out in about 4 wks

This is a sample copy of a shotgun page in the new book;

WARREN ARMS CO
CRESCENT FIREARMS

WASHINGTON ARMS CO
CRESCENT FIRE ARMS CO

WESTERN Dbl Bbl
H&D FOLSOM

WESTERN AUTO 420
HI-STANDARD SUPERMATIC

WESTERN AUTO 425
HI-STANDARD SUPERMATIC

WESTERN AUTO 5052A
SAVAGE-STEVENS MODEL 311

WESTERN AUTO MODEL 420 SERIES
MOSSBERG MODEL 395KB

WESTERN AUTO 300 SERIES
MOSSBERG MODEL 500

WESTERN AUTO 0-1
SAVAGE 315

WESTERN AUTO 2-4
SAVAGE 315

WESTERN FIELD 58300
SAVAGE-STEVENS MODEL311 DBL BBL

WESTERN FIELD M60 SERIES
STEVENS MODEL 520 SEMI AUTO SHOTGUN

WESTERN FIELD MODEL 76
MARLIN MODEL 55 BOLT ACTION SHOTGUN




JM

Gunnutz13
October 31, 2005, 01:05 PM
for the info Jager...will check for your book in the near future ! :evil:

JohnBT
October 31, 2005, 10:14 PM
Book?

Autographed?

???

John

Sunray
November 5, 2005, 11:47 PM
"...any idea where to go next..." Yep. To the lady's house with a digital camera and photograph the shotgun and every mark on it. Under the forestock on the barrels. Plus a picture of the whole thing. Both sides. Then you'll need to upload the pictures to a server that's on-line and post the URL. Talk to your ISP first. There are places where you can upload to if you don't get web space with your ISP. Don't ask me where though.
You may get web space with your account.It's amazing how many people here can tell you stuff about a firearm just from pictures.

Jim K
November 6, 2005, 01:03 PM
Just FWIW, "Ranger" is one of those names that keeps turning up in the gun business. I can mention, just off the top of my head, a single barrel shotgun, a double shotgun, a series of rifles and shotguns made for Sears, a SA revolver, a semi-custom rifle and an auto pistol, all with the name "Ranger" and made by companies totally unconnected to one another. The Sears "Ranger" series includes guns made by H&R, Marlin, Savage-Stevens, Fulton, and Winchester. Not to mention several makes of BB and air guns.

Sort of makes "what is it?" questions tough to answer some times.

Jim

Dionysusigma
February 20, 2006, 02:47 PM
What about a Sears Model 66 semi-auto 12ga autoloader?

I've looked all over the Intarweb and nobody seems to list one... :confused:

dfaugh
February 21, 2006, 11:50 AM
But my guess would be to check out Crescent Arms...I was researching a shotgun for a friend and found lots of info...It appears that, in that era, they were making shotguns for about 100 different companies, that put their names on the shotguns...Some will have some Crescent Arms markings, somewhere, some won't.

John Stimson, Jr.
February 21, 2006, 08:53 PM
What about a Sears Model 66 semi-auto 12ga autoloader?

I've looked all over the Intarweb and nobody seems to list one... :confused:

You can find the Sears Model 66 listed at www.histandard.info

45Broomhandle
February 23, 2006, 08:44 PM
INTERESTING! Go to the online gun auctions and put the word Ranger in their search engine. One such site had 7 different "Ranger" guns offered. Another site had the similar reaction to the word. Below are pictures of a marked .22rf single-shot rifle and a Sears "Browning Design" shotgun. There were also knives, crossbows, shotshells, and a number of other "Ranger" marked items offered. Winchester seemed to outnumber all others with their "Ranger" Mdl 94 in 30/30.

http://img164.imageshack.us/img164/7936/rangershotgun401wide5om.jpg

http://img95.imageshack.us/img95/3271/ranger22400wide6ul.jpg

http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/7016/nranopetagevarmsupporttroopsem.jpg

YES! There is a place for all God's creatures: right next to the potatoes and gravy...

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