What is a Wards Hercules model 50 12 ga dbl barrel shotgun worth and when was it made and by what company?
From what I'm told the Model 50 is the same as a Savage Model 311.
We cant verify the SD108 model number, however: The "Hercules" was the trade name used by the Iver Johnson Arms and Cycle Works on shotguns made for the Montgomery Ward Co. Of Chicago. The "Hercules" made for Wards was a copy of the Iver Johnson "Champion" model which is a single shot shotgun with exposed hammer. They were made between 1909 and 1956.
Wards Hercules 410 was made by different manufacturers through out it's history. The early models from the 1920's had no model number just "PROOF TESTED 410 GAUGE" stamped on the left side and "SELECTED FORGED STEEL" stamped on the right side of the barrel. Model numbers were stamped on later guns. They usually don't fetch much $$
Montgomery Wards did not make guns, they were made by various companies like Mossberg, Savage, Stevens and Hi Standard. Who made guns /shotguns for JC Penney, Sears, and Western Auto along with guns for Wards. The brand name were put on the guns for the stores to sell. Take the Shotgun to a gun shop and get it identified first to find out who made it.
Probably not a lot. There are manufacturer's names in firearms that make heads bow - Montgomery Wards is not one of them. They didn't make it, of course, there was no "Montgomery Wards Firearms Factory", they were made for Wards by one of the big manufacturers, most likely Savage, but if it's a really top-end one, possibly Parker. In the end, it is worth what you can get for it.
I have a 16 ga. Wards Hercules. Originally marketed and sold as a utility gun. My 16 dates to the '40's. It is like brand new. I have done a lot of looking into this question of value and all the answers come back as $100-$150 if in excellent condition. I wouldn't let mine go for less than $400.00, again, it is like brand new. So, all experts say keep it. You would have a…