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Campion shotgun

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by Riss, Apr 13, 2003.

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  1. Riss

    Riss Member

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    Have a walnut stocked single shot 12 gauge shotgun with the makers mark CHAMPION on the barrel. Barrel is brown, unknown if that is from its age. INTERESTINGLY, the chamber is opened by pressing down on a thumb latch with the right thumb. This rotates the trigger guard and unlocks the barrel. The safety also engages at this point. Any idea of its age or who made it ?
     
  2. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister Moderator In Memoriam

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    Riss:
    Champion is a trade name used on guns made by H.C. Squires, J.P. Lovell and Iver Johnson on shotguns. Iver Johnson made since 1909.

    The gun you describe, the unlocking mechanism, does not fit with the Champion made by Iver Johnson, however it may have been made by J.P Lovell. they made dbl & sngle bbl shotguns also. See attachment. Iver Johnson eventuallly bought out the Lovell company

    The H.C. Squires made copies of several types of firearms and I believe they were in Brazil.

    Based upon the information I have I would believe your shotgun is made by Lovell.

    I will attache another photo on the Iver Johnson in another post

    JM
     

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    Iver Johnson Champion

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