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Back in the 1970s, Sears, Roebuck and Montgomery Ward seemed to carry a lot of the same stuff, and apparently this was the case half a century before:

A couple of years ago, I lucked into a Montgomery Ward Western Field Model 30. This was a store-branded version of the Stevens Model 520, another John Moses Browning design that was produced between 1909 and 1955 in a number of versions.

Did they carry this same rifle at Sears? You betcha:

Inspection, and a serial number check, revealed it to be the version manufactured in 1926-27. This image, courtesy of Wikipedia, reveals the elements that identify it as such. The firearm depicted is the Ranger model, made as a house brand for Sears, but otherwise identical to the “Western Field” model made for Montgomery Ward. The only difference between them and the Stevens originals was the model name engraved on the side plate.

I often wonder what might have happened if Wards had joined Sears in offering a compact car in the early Fifties. (The Searsmobile, branded “Allstate,” was a slightly less downscale version of the Henry J, offered mostly in Southern Sears stores, but nationwide in the Sears catalog.)

1952 Allstate advertisement


  1. Mike aka Proof »

    6 July 2017 · 4:24 pm

    Or, as we used to say back in the day: “Monkey Ward”.

  2. CGHill »

    6 July 2017 · 5:19 pm

    Still hear that now and again from old-timers, myself included.

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