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Are Iver Johnson shotguns well regarded?


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2015-07-14 16:02:55
2015-07-14 16:02:55

IJ shotguns were always well-made and dependable, but inexpensive guns. They did not go the extra mile to make a truly fine firearm with perfect fit and finish that would make them stand out in a crowd.

I received an, old at the time, Iver Johnson 12 Ga "Matted Rib" with 32 inch, full choke barrel,for my 12th birthdayin 1947. That gun has never missed a beat, whether hitting Jack rabbits in the Mojave Desert or cotton tails and pheasants in the fields of Iowa. I've used about every load, including modern high- base in it. I believe it to be as good as any high-dollar gun. My four sons have all used it in their shooting and hunting education.The only complaint ever regestered against it was when it "kicked like a mule" and knocked down a younger and smaller cousin in 1950.That was one of the many times I slipped in a load of oo buck. We after doves at the time and had been using 71/2 or 8. It' still in good shape and looks very good. I reblued it and refinished the stock about i952.The serial number is 31500E. I looked it up in a Stoeger gun catalog a long time ago and saw that it cost a whopping $7.50 when new. I believe it was made about 1895. but I'm not sure of that!I'll probably pass it on to one of my Grandsons someday, since I got it from my Grandfather. Richard Stover

Additional info---When the British Purchasing Commission was after anything in the US that went bang, in 1940-41, it bught a quantity of 38 cal IJ revolvers. However, they were not wellr e garded and considered unsound and at times unsafe. Hence they were not issued to British (or British European allies)but to the various Police forces in Britain. Police at that time were not routinely armed but a PC could, whilst on night duty, simply claim a pistol when goiing on patrol, if they felt likely to be at threat - in London at least.

Not wanting to be unduely rude about IJ (I have my own Supeprshot Sealed Eight)KuKSmith

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Iver Johnson started making shotguns in 1883 and didn't stop until 1987. There will be a lot of different 12 gauges in there and the value will depend on the age, model, and (most of all) condition. These were well-made and dependable guns but not the sort that collectors shell out big bucks for. Regardless of the model, unless it is like new it is unlikely to be worth more than $250. Conversely, unless it is broken or badly rusted, it should be worth at least $50.

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In the case of guns, "antique" has a legal meaning- made before 1899. The value of your Iver Johnson will be based on the exact model and the condition. Although well made, these were not high $$$ guns when new. Value could be anywhere from $50 to $300 (for a perfect new-in-box specimen)


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