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Posted - 09/01/2007 :  1:47:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have an Iver Johnson .410 single shot hammered serial no. 81816A

Barrel says

"Gauge, Bore, Choke And Lug Forged in One"

"Pat D June 15 16"

Receiver Says

"Iver Johnson's"
"Fits ........" (unreadable)
"Arm ........." (unreadable)

Any Idea of year of manufacture? My dad was born in 1921 and he always told me it had some years on it before he got it as a kid.

Edited by - rahndo on 09/01/2007 1:49:22 PM

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Posted - 09/01/2007 :  5:00:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The IJ Champion was made from 1909 to 1973 as per "Gun Traders Guide".

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Posted - 09/01/2007 :  5:44:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello rahndo: Well is it also stamped "3 inch chamber" or for 3 inch"

If not, it has a 2 1/2 inch chamber and was made in 1932 or earlier. (3inch .410 shells were "new" for 1933)

Regards Dave
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Posted - 09/01/2007 :  6:10:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
there are no known serial number records available for iver johnson single barrel shotguns. it has been my experence that the iver johnson champion single barrel shotguns with a single letter code suffix were manufactured in the late 1920's early 1930's. patent date 1-15-1916 is for number 1142934. this patent is for a method of mounted a small bore barrel on a standard size frame.

the barrel markings should read "410 Gauge, Choke Bore, Barrel and Lug Forge in One" yes iver johnson did use the word gauge with some of their 410 bore guns.

the reciever should be marked
Iver Johnson's
Arms & Cycle Works
Fitchburg, Mass. U.S.A.

serial number should be on the tang behind the trigger guard.

these are the markings as they appeared in catalog number 27A (used in the years 1928 & 1929. catalogs before that the champion name was not marked on the reciever.
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