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The Sears and Roebuck Single-Shot Twenty-Gauge Shotgun

Wesman Todd Shaw grew up dove hunting in Texas starting at age twelve.

Comparing 20 gauge shotguns.

Comparing 20 gauge shotguns.

Sears and Roebuck 20 Gauge Shotgun

One great shotgun that I own is the Sears twenty-gauge single-shot shotgun. Mine once belonged to my grandfather, William Thomas Shaw, and now it is mine, as he has passed on. This gun is VERY similar in every way to my Harrington and Richardson single-shot twenty gauge shotgun that I purchased at twelve years of age from the Walmart in Terrell, Texas for $65.00. I didn't pay for the Sears gun, for obvious reasons.

Looking at the serial number on this gun, which is # 101,510670, what I can deduce without research is that this gun was manufactured by Sears & Roebuck and Co., in 1967, or it could be 1970. Such is guesswork concerning shotgun serial numbers after the fact, and with the one who purchased this wonderful American-made shotgun unavailable for comment.

When my dad gave me this gun, after he inherited it, he told me, "My father would be proud for you to have this." And I know that that is true, as I'd gone dove hunting with my grandfather more than once, and because I know that he always really liked me, and enjoyed joking with me and spending time with me. It's neither here nor there, but I'd been commissioned at twelve years of age to work alongside my grandfather, working for my father as we both did, mostly to ensure that he was okay and not getting too hot in the Texas sun as we wired most every home standing in the city of Crandall, Texas. Crandall is now, not surprisingly, prime and high-dollar real estate.

This is me - with my sears single shot twenty gauge.

This is me - with my sears single shot twenty gauge.


My particular Sears and Roebuck single shot twenty gauge shotgun is a full-choke model shotgun. If you do NOT know what that means, then I'll tell you: It simply means that the barrel of the gun is longer and that this feature ensures that the shotgun pellets, or buckshot, or even a slug, will fire more accurately at a target in the distance, or further away. It also means that should you NOT be shooting a shotgun shell with a slug—meaning that you are firing a traditional shotgun shell burst—then the pellets within the shotgun shell will hold a tighter pattern for a longer distance than they would with any other configuration of a shotgun barrel. A "Full Choke" then, is preferable for hunting duck, pheasants, deer, or any game that is typically fired upon from a larger distance. For a counterpoint, I'll mention that a full choke shotgun is probably not best suited for hunting quail, which is a surprisingly challenging species of bird to hunt, as quail tend to sort of explode out of the nearby vicinity very quickly, from a shorter distance than most any other game that I've experienced in hunting.

In addition, I should and will mention that this shotgun can, will, has, and will again fire both 2 3/4 and 3-inch shells. Mine's not for sale, never will be, good luck finding one of these wonderful guns. I did some brief searches looking for prices just so that I could share them on this article but found little info on that. Like the Harrington and Richardson models, you can expect these guns, depending upon the condition that they are in, to go for anywhere from $50.00, to $300.00. Good luck to you on that, happy hunting, be safe with your shotguns, and best wishes!

Different shotguns.

Different shotguns.

My Preference

I've recently reviewed here another very similar single-shot twenty gauge shotgun, a Harrington and Richardson model. The Sears gun differs in that it is a full-choke gun. The only real problem with this gun is that the trigger guard is made from plastic, and is susceptible to becoming broken for that reason. Whether you prefer a full-choke or a modified-choke shotgun is purely a matter of preference, and what kind of hunting you plan to do with the gun. I would prefer the Sears model were it not for the plastic trigger guard.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Wesman Todd Shaw


Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on June 27, 2012:

Thomas the Sears gun looks nice - but the friggin' trigger guard on this thing is PLASTIC, and the one on mine is likely to come off at any time.

...It's somewhat difficult to trigger the mechanism to break it down and load or re load it too. Some oil and repetition might smooth that out though.

I'd take my Harrington and Richardson single shot over the S & R gun....but the Sears has a longer barrel, so it really has a different use, I guess.

Thomas on June 27, 2012:

Here in northern Arizona people just love the single shot shotguns, I picked up one a couple of months ago for $35, if you ever cut the barrel down on one to the legal minumum the recoil is murder, feels like shooting a canon especially the 12 gauge ! Bikers love the single shot shotguns as many here like to carry them in a saddle bag on their motorcyles, like the old west, ha ha, just don't carry that gun with you to a big city, like Chicago or New York City !

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on February 06, 2012:

Tell it all, brother, tell it all! LOL! Well, one of my favorite sayings is, "Time wounds all heels"! LOL!

See ya in the funny papers! :)


Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 06, 2012:


Oh well, I've really been planning already the next massive forum post that I intend to publish - I'm going to go massive with it, it's going to be bigger than a lot of person's hubs...and will include references to the un named corporate shill that I've named already in these comments.

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on February 06, 2012:

That is exactly what they want, Wesman! I went through the same thing at Helium. It is a well known psychological ploy to give lofty titles to volunteers so they will defend any new changes to the site, whether or not it hurts the writers in the long run.

Volunteers--not all, but many who crave "elitist" titles--will staunchly defend the organization, even more than someone who gets paid for the same job, because they feel they must justify the giving of their free labor to begin with.

The referenced thread is an excellent example of this.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 06, 2012:


I've ALWAYS had them respond to me after the second try anyway.

I didn't even ask why I was banned this go round....I truly don't see what I could have said to get a ban...but they did tell me which forum post was the issue.

What I'm thinking is that maybe we should just BOYCOTT THE FORUMS! I mean, REFUSE to participate in the forums. I don't know if that would hurt or help, but if enough of us stop messing about there, and set up a group on Facebook or Google + or something to discuss shit, it would get noticed :-/

I shouldn't ever mess about in those damned forums anyway. If they aren't talking about the business end of this online writing gig, then ....what I'm doing is wasting time that I should have spent on either reading or writing someone's hub, IMO.

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on February 06, 2012:

And now the mods are afraid to even respond to my emails requesting the reason or particular forum post which caused my ban. A couple of weeks ago I was banned for a week, and although I requested the reasons for my penalty through 2 emails, not one of the hall monitors had the courtesy to respond.

Now I'm serving 4 weeks and the silly little photo of Maddie Ruud riding Segway didn't even give me a forum topic to try and figure out what I said to deserve the ban.

But it was apparently okay for one of their elite to take my name and use it as an excuse to personally attack me. No ban for the "Teacher's Pets," that goes without saying! LOL!

This site is going downhill fast. It was once a great venue where writer's could freely discuss almost any subject without fear of retribution from the mods as long as things didn't get to far out of control. Not now, it seems to be heading the way of helium. Not good from a serious writer's perspective. More's the pity.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 06, 2012:

I've been worried about it some, Randy, as I'm forever being stalked and reported in the forums by THIS PERSON:

.....who is so obviously a paid propaganda person in these forums that it's pathetic.

I recall you once calling out someone as that exact thing, I laughed, and applauded that comment! HA!

Thing is, if they're banning people from the site for little things like too many grammar errors....I'm worried that they're becoming overly censorship prone, and may ban someone like yourself or me for too many forum bans.

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on February 06, 2012:

Wow! It seems the mods are on a banning spree at the moment. A power play no doubt, as they are trying to rein in those who may put up a fight against certain aspects of the site. This means war, of course! LOL!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 05, 2012:

Well, it's because I'm banned too at the moment! but only for four more days - twas a seven day deal.

I think I'll go hit that thread now to see what I've been missing!!!!!!!!!!!!

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on February 05, 2012:

I still don't know what for either! LOL! But that's nothing, Cagsil is serving 3 months!! You haven't been reading the "Elite" thread? It has been very enlightening to many here! :)

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 05, 2012:

HOLY SHIT DUDE FOUR WEEKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on February 05, 2012:

Ha! I've got some early hubs which need editing too, Wesman. It's always good to realize how much I've learned since I began writing here. Glad you found my advice useful.

Since I've got a 4 week ban on the forums to serve, I'll have plenty of time to fix my old articles up a bit now.


Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 05, 2012:

HELL YEAH RANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HOLY SMOKES THERE'S SOME BAD WRITING ON THIS ONE (takes caps lock off) - it's really old, and I've got lots of old ones that need some dusting off like you're old single shot shotgun.

These single shot shotgun hubs are great memories for me - these are where I started to really make some money off this old website!

Post script, Randy - I'm forever remembering that fine advice THAT you gave me...and gosh I'm forever finding some edits on the subject too! Thanks again, Sir!

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on February 05, 2012:

Some wonderful old shotguns, Wesman! I've got an old 20 gauge single shot which hasn't been fired for 20 years or so. Think I'll get it out and shoot it after reading this hub! Enjoyed and rated up!


Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 05, 2012:

Yeah! You probably won't see the Sears one, and I'd actually advise you that the Harrington and Richardson would be the better gun all the way around.

Now, the Sears gun is nice, and it's got some nicely done and attractive engraving done on the wood....but it's got a really cheap plastic trigger guard that will break really easily...mine's about to come off.

Also, the Sears gun is harder to "break down" for loading or re loading. I'd grab the H & R, and used - you can get that thing cheap.

That Taurus gun is great...but that's purely self defence against ...people, really. The true shotgun has a thousand uses.

hazelwood4 from Owensboro, Kentucky on February 05, 2012:

Thank you sharing both of these great Hubs on the single shot 20 shotguns. Both of these guns The Sears and Roebuck and the Harrington and Richardson would be great snake charmers for sure. I will take a look at these 2 guns at our local gun store here in town this week. I really like the fact the guns are really affordable too, and would work PERFECTLY.:)

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 21, 2011:

Thank you, iskra1916, I'm rather fond of old guns; now to make some money, so I can buy a few more of them!!!

iskra1916 from Belfast, Ireland. on January 21, 2011:

Very interesting hub.