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Need help identifying shotgun

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by CajunMan89, May 6, 2013.

  1. CajunMan89

    CajunMan89 Well-Known Member

    I know that this is a single-shot 12 gauge shotgun, however, I can't make out much of the engraving on the receiver.

    Attached is a picture of the receiver. All I can make out on it is what looks like a M, the name Johnsons, and the words arms, works, and fitch.....

    I'm sure more pics would help. If I need to post more, let me know.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Attached Files:

  2. xxjumbojimboxx

    xxjumbojimboxx Well-Known Member

    Iver Johnson's Arms & Cycle Works

    The company's name changed again to Iver Johnson's Arms & Cycle Works in 1891, when the company relocated to Fitchburg, Massachusetts,

    i went to college in that town :) hope that info helps
  3. xxjumbojimboxx

    xxjumbojimboxx Well-Known Member

  4. splattergun

    splattergun Well-Known Member

    come on, let's see the rest of it! Teasing is bad form :D
  5. CajunMan89

    CajunMan89 Well-Known Member

    more pics

    Here are more pics. I'm still working on the restoration. Since it was basically a rusty water pipe when I got it, it seems to be coming along nicely. I just hope that I can fix the bad cracks in the stock.....

    Attached Files:

  6. CajunMan89

    CajunMan89 Well-Known Member

    two more pics

    Here are even more pics.

    Having a bit of trouble making out the engraving on the barrel as well.

    I think it says, "12 Gauge Choke Bore Barrel And ---- In One"

    Can anyone fill in the blank?

    Also, there seems to be a nail hole in the stock. Could this have been for an emblem?

    Attached Files:

  7. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    My gunsmith fixes stocks with cracks using some uber-epoxy, as well as brass pins if it is really bad
  8. CajunMan89

    CajunMan89 Well-Known Member

    So it was made by Iver Johnson's Arms and Cycle Works? Is it just called an Iver Johnson's 12 gauge shotgun? Or is it a specific model? Also, can the serial/assembly number help to determine the date of manufacture?
  9. xxjumbojimboxx

    xxjumbojimboxx Well-Known Member

    they started making the "champion" model around 1905,. the markings on your receiver are too high up to allow room for the "champion" logo, So i would assume it is from before that time. Prices on these things are minimal though, what ive seen online suggest a very low price for those in bad shape. something like 25 dollars...i dont think there was actually a name for the shotgun... i think what you stated in the previous post was pretty accurate.
  10. 303tom

    303tom member

    It says "12 gauge choke bore barrel and lug forged n one"
  11. CajunMan89

    CajunMan89 Well-Known Member

    Was it manufactured around 1905? Could the serial/assembly numbers help determine the date?
  12. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    The gun looks more like a Crescent Firearms single shot than an Iver Johnson.
    The stock appears to have originally had a rounded pistol grip and someone has very poorly added a more pronounced grip piece from a newer stock which may have even been a rifle stock of some sort.

    Have you measured the barrel?
    From the pictures, which are not very detailed, it appears the barrel is longer than 30"?

    As stated, these guns don't have a great deal of value but longer barrels tend to bring a bit more money.
  13. 303tom

    303tom member

    You can make out real good what it says on this old Iver Johnson...........What year was it built ? I have no idea...................I know it shoots good.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2013
  14. CajunMan89

    CajunMan89 Well-Known Member

    From end to end, the barrel measures 36''. So that would be a 32'' barrel, correct?

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