HOWARD ARMS CO. was a tradename on shotguns used by the hardware store Fred Bifflar & Company of Chicago, Illinois. They were made by Crescent Fire Arms Company which was purchased by Stevens which was purchased by Savage Arms.
The trade name was for the "Rhode, Spencer Company of Chicago"
HOWARD ARMS CO. Tradename on shotguns used by Fred Bifflar & Company of Chicago, Illinois, made by Crescent Fire Arms Company. I would expect that the same hardware store would have used the same tradename on handguns which were probably made by the same company. Unfortunately, both are long out of business but Crescent was purchased by Stevens which was purchased by Savage Arms, so someone at savagearms.com may be able to tell you something. A little additional research found an answer on Ron Gabel's site that says Meriden Arms made the Howard Arms revolvers. The only dates I can find for Fred Bifflar are 1870-1890, but it may have started earlier and must have ended later. Crescent was established in 1892 and Meriden Arms didn't exist until 1905 and I find several references connecting these two companies with Bifflar retail business.
ILARCO Arms Corp
Is their any such firearms co. by the name of Howard Arms
Russell Arms died on February 13, 2012, in Hamilton, Illinois, USA.
No history has been written AFAIK.
George M. Flint has written: 'Aeroradioactivity survey and realted surface geology of the Chicago area, Illinois and Indiana (ARMS-I)' -- subject(s): Atmospheric radioactivity
Howard Arms was a name used by the Meriden Arms company from around 1905 to 1915. There are no records available to give you a better date. Their value is around $100.
Are we talking about two different firearms here? 'Illinois Arms Co' was a tradename of a hardware/catalog store in Chicago that sold firearms made for them by a variety of companies such as Crescent, Hopkins & Allen, etc. Please clarify, and if possible send digital photos to the email addr below. firstname.lastname@example.org
Old gun catalogs
Blue Book of Gun Values
Howard Arms was a trade name used by Sears Roebuck on revolvers made by their subsidiary company, Meriden Firearms Co., from about 1905 to 1915. The only "model" designation would be the caliber, .38 or .32.
Secret Service Special was a trade name used on inexpensive revolvers retailed by the Rohde-Spencer Company of Chicago. The Howard Arms Co name was distributed by H&D Folsom, usually on shotguns made by their subsidiary company, Crescent Firearms, or imported from Belgium. If R-S ordered revolvers from Folsom, they would quite possibly have both names.
No published sn data
No published sn data.
See what they are selling for on the internet auction sites.
The cast of Arms and the Gringo - 1914 includes: Howard Gaye Dorothy Gish Fred Kelsey Wallace Reid
Sometime between 1920 and 1948 by J. Stevens Arms Co, Chicopee Falls, Mass.
Not much - figure $20 as a decoration to $50 if it is shootable.
150-500 depending on condition
Slide action shotguns with the name CHICAGO ARMS CO were made by the Marlin Fire Arms Company for and were sold by either the Fred Biffar & Co or Sears Roebuck & Co both of Chicago,IL. The gun is the same as Marlin Model 26A. Do not attempt to shoot this gun!!! Marlin has put out a company bulletin advising that these old Marlin slide action shotguns are not safe to shoot.
Meriden used the Howard name of guns it made for Sears about 1905. They were fairly cheap guns then- and now. Value $25-80, depending on condition.