Help please. A buddy asked me to look at an old shotgun he was given by a neighbor a while back. I cannot find any information on it anywhere.
It is a Montgomery Ward Western DeLuxe Model 50 16-ga pump. The gun has a single action bar. The barrel is about 28" with a double bead and solid rib with serrations on the top of the rib. The barrel is stamped "Browning Patent." The safety is the same as a Remington 870 in both location and external operation. The slide release is located on the left side of the receiver, right beside the trigger. There is a square notch cut out of the top of the machined receiver, into which the locking lug slips. It also has dual spring-loaded extractors.
The gun is mostly made up of machined pieces, not stampings like many newer guns. The fit is quite good. The finish, what's left of it, is almost brown. I got it apart and gave it a thorough cleaning and lubrication. Looking inside, it was somewhat reminiscent of a few JMB designs I've tinkered with. The "Browning Patent" stamp on the barrel made me wonder.
I know that Several different companies made guns for Montgomery Ward. Who made this and what manufacturer's model is it?
Overall, the gun seems to be in good condition with no barrel rings, rust, or signs of metal stress anywhere. It just looks well used and cared for.
The gun seems to have a few problems, though. When the gun is cocked and in battery, and you shake it fore and aft, there is a high-pitched metallic rattling inside the bolt. Pull the trigger and the noise goes away. I'm assuming the firing pin is making the noise. When I took it apart, there was no firing pin spring inside the bolt. Is there supposed to be one?
Second, the gun will cycle normally. Pulling the trigger will release the hammer as designed and unlock the bolt. However, if I hold the trigger down after it is pulled, and then cycle the slide, the trigger will not reset when released whether the bolt is in battery or not.
Those seem to be the only issues with the gun. Can anyone offer some help?