Maybe Country Gunsmith can narrow the age down a bit from the serial, but IJ made shotguns that match that description from 1870 to 1978. I don't know if IJ serialized their shotguns before it was required by law in 1968, but most manufacturers did not. If it's relatively new and in excellent condition, it could be worth $100 as a shooter. If it's really old it will bring about the same as a mantle decoration, especially if that outside hammer is mounted on the side. It was manufactured in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. -- IJ Shotguns -- Iver Johnson serialized their shotguns WAY back. Unfortunately, there does seem to be much rhyme or reason to the serialization, and dating an IJ is difficult without having it in hand and even then only generally. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Either WH Davenport Arms Co or Iver Johnson Arms and Cycle Works.
Manufactured for Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlet & Co circa 1920-1950 by Davenport or Iver Johnson. Worth up to $75.
Your Iver Johnson double barrel shotgun can be dated by the words hammer forged.This places production from 1936-1941.these were well made mass produced field grade shotguns of high quality.
I have a Eastern Arms (sold by Sears and hardware stores) Manufactured by Iver Johnson as well as others. It is a 16 gauge single barrel shotgun model 1929. The firing pin is removed by cocking the hammer back, there is a set screw at the top of the receiver , when removed the firing pin can be removed from the hammer side;watch for the spring. Installation is the reverse.
Over the years, several. One was the French Darne.
Seldom go beyond 100 USD
It has a visible hammer (or two).
Could have been anytime from about 1860 to 1920. Better description may get a better answer.
if it is the 1878 hammer shotgun made about 1886
Manufactured sometime between 1920 and 1948.
I own an old ,early 1900 or older 12 guage hanover arms shotgun,given to me in hanover,pa.It has outside hammer triggers and a twisted steel barrel
Depends on what your shotgun is. If you have one of the older hammered shotguns (exposed hammer), you can decock them the same way you would any other firearm with an exposed hammer - you gently lower the hammer with your thumb. If you have a shotgun which doesn't have an exposed hammer, your only feasible way of going about this is to empty the magazine, be especially certain to ensure that the chamber is empty, and pull the trigger.
There is usually a screw on the top of the receiver in front of the hammer or a pin through the side of the receiver holding the firing pin in.
in good shape they sell for about$300 to $500,open hammer pump shotgun
Manufactured by Meriden Fire Arms Co, 1905-1915, for Sears Roebuck & Co.
Best lef to a gunsmith
According to the guide I use, IJ Made a "Special Trap Single Shot Hammer Shotgun" and a "Super Trap Hammerless Double". Both discontinued in 1942.
We cant verify the SD108 model number, however: The "Hercules" was the trade name used by the Iver Johnson Arms and Cycle Works on shotguns made for the Montgomery Ward Co. Of Chicago. The "Hercules" made for Wards was a copy of the Iver Johnson "Champion" model which is a single shot shotgun with exposed hammer. They were made between 1909 and 1956.
Riverside was manufactured by Stevens, so if you can identify the equivalent Stevens model, you should be able to find hammers at http://www.e-gunparts.com/ Or if you still have one hammer (or a broken one) you can take it to a local gunshow and dig through bins of miscellaneous parts looking for a match.
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