Re: J.C. Higgins Model 583.20
I own a JC Higgins 583.20 that is complete and still shootable and is in relatively good condition, however I have not fired this gun since the early 80's. This gun was given to me for Christmas in about 1970 when I was 9 years old as my first shotgun and I used it A LOT all through the 70's primarily hunting Dove, Quail, Ducks and Snipe in central Florida. It shot well and I never had a problem with it.
I have seen the photos of the gun that "supposedly" failed that initiated this recall and can not see how it failed in the manner that it did unless it was being severely misused, perhaps the user was shooting extremely hot reloads or something else.
I personally do not intend to fire this gun, it is more of a simple keepsake however it can be fired if necessary.