There's an ad posted in the thread showing some details of the "Iver Johnson Double Barrel Shotguns"
February 1, 2012, 10:46 AM
Have you had the action apart it might be in there on the bottom of the barrels........
February 1, 2012, 10:02 PM
I will post pics as soon as I can. I took some with my cell phone, but they suck, so I won't waste bandwidth. I will merely post the full gun photo.
In response to inquiries above....
No dog on either side. The only markings on the outside of the gun are: Left side: 'IVER JOHNSON' on the receiver all one line of text and "Chambered for 3 in shells in a football-shaped circle. Right side: "IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS FITCHBURG, MASS U.S.A." on the receiver and in 3 lines of text.
Under the barrel, there is an 'L' under the right barrel. Nothing on the left. Up where the box mates the receiver, there is an 'E' (or is it an 'F') on each side of the hinge and the serial number 28xxx.
All serial numbers match (forestock, barrel, receiver).
On the reciever, where the receiver mates the box, the right side has the serial number 28xxx. On the left side, the stamping is very light, and I'm sure there is more to it but here is what I can make out of 3 lines of text. line 1: "PATENT" line 2: "MAR" line 3: "APR 27, 1915" I may be imagining the '5' in 1915...it is very hard to read.
Gun values book and blue book indicate only SxS models chambered in 410 were the Hercules and the SKEET-ER. This does not have either engraved on it, but it does not have the fancy walnut wood that the skeet-er has.
Is it possible that the lack of information engraved on the barrel points to a very early model of the Hercules grade?
February 1, 2012, 11:35 PM
If it doesn't read Hercules Grade, then it is not a Hercules grade.
February 1, 2012, 11:36 PM
Kind of blurry, but from what I can tell its a pretty nice old shotgun. I came across a Winchester Model 37 a month of so ago.
February 2, 2012, 08:51 AM
hmmm...I'm really stumped now. Gun Values/Blue Book indicate only 2 models of .410: Skeet-er and Hercules.
If it does not have fancy walnut, it isn't a skeet-er.
if it isn't stamped Hercules, it isn't a Hercules.
Were early IJ's sold as an IJ shotgun with no specific model? If so does anyone know when they the started differentiating different models?
I would be willing to take this to someone in the central Ohio area that is knowledgeable in antique firearms if anyone has a recommendation.
February 2, 2012, 10:28 AM
The Blue Book does not contain every gun model in the world.
If you'd like to register on this forum -
- there's a member who wrote the book on I. Johnson guns and their zillions of models. His member name is b.goforth and he answers questions as you can see in the linked thread.
February 2, 2012, 10:40 AM
Mr. William Goforth passed away some time ago. I don't know what direction Bill took, but it may be rather hard for him to answer any further Iver Johnson queries.Vaya con Dios, Bill, you are missed.
February 2, 2012, 01:47 PM
Nuts, I looked right at the date on his post in that thread I linked and saw 1/12, but it really says 1/11.
February 2, 2012, 01:48 PM
He died 1/15/11.
February 2, 2012, 07:14 PM
Bill Goforth would go out of his way to help someone, the gun world has lost another great one.
February 2, 2012, 08:17 PM
It is sad for our community to lose such a dear friend. Fortunately for us, Goforth loved to discuss IJ on archive-able message boards. Here is what I found on another forum. If I am reading Mr. Goforth is correct, this gun was made between 1927 and 1932 and pre-dates either the Hercules or the Skeet-er.
"the earliest catalog reference i have on a iver johnson double barrel hercule grade is 1927. there are earlier listing for a iver johnson double barrel with mono-bloc construction between 1918 and 1920. the 1921 catalog shows a double barrel with the appearance of the latter hercule grade models but it is simply called the iver johnson double barrel. in the mid 1920s (1927 catalog) all the features athat we associate with the hercules grade were available. the available options take a full page to list. the 1927 catalog is the earliest i have showing a 410 bore double, called simple the iver johnson double barrel. the name hercules grade appears in the 1927 catalog in connection with 'supertrap hammerless double barrel'(no 410 bore listed for the super trap). the next catalog 1931/32 the hercules grade is listed as a seperate model and a full page for the hercules grade 410 bore and another page for the 410 bore 'skeet-er' these two models are listed as special built." --b. goforth 03/21/2005.
February 3, 2012, 06:36 PM
Looks like a Skeeter to me.
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