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J.C. Higgins M88 revolver.

Q: I would like your help in determining the value of a firearm. It is a J.C. Higgins Model 88 .22 revolver. S/N 1011XXX. It is in new-in-the-box, never-fired condition, and the original box and papers are also in perfect condition.

This was purchased in the 1960s at a Sears store for $34.50. It was put in storage immediately after purchase and only recently has been rediscovered.

I would very much like to know what the current value of such a firearm is.



A: Your Model 88 was actually made by High Standard for Sears. It appears to be the "Snub" version of the Sentinel .22 double-action revolver, of which there were a number of variations. Generally speaking, firearms with store names, such as Sears or Montgomery Ward, bring less money than a piece with the original maker's moniker. The Thirty-Seventh Edition Blue Book of Gun Values lists a blued Sentinel Snub in 100-percent condition at $400. Because your revolver still has its issue box and papers, I'd probably stick with that price.



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Author:James, Garry
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Date:Nov 24, 2016
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