The model is one of the Champion lines put out by Iver Johnston Cycle Works of Fitchburg Mass. I am sure one of the collectors will be able to give me a year off the serial numbers. This one does not have the clue of a Patent date along the top of the barrel. It says “Choke Bore Barrel and Lug forged as One” The IVJ and place and model are on the left side plate. Most of us as kids went out maybe with our Dads.
He would give me the single shot while he would take a semi-auto and go through a box of shells. Well if you had this one you might get off 10 shots to his 20 and that is if you didn’t chase the shell casing in back of you 4 foot. He’d start off with a lecture about picking up all our casings and field stripping his cigarette while I chased around the tall
Grass looking for that dad blasted case. I know he had a good time.
I can’t tell not being that familiar with Iver Johnson Shotguns which of the Champion line was made and sent over from Belgium. This one has a nice bright bore and mechanics work well especially the “auto eject”. There is a blemish in the wood left side back by the hard rubber pad and there is a tiny sliver of wood missing where the forearm butts up against the receiver right side and a chip front forearm same side. The bead sight came off and I put a microfiber sight in front. The Barrel is 30 inches. The forearm is a bit loose not enough to bother me but a person that is particular can tighten it up. If any one can give me the address of Iver Johnson serial numbers it would be appreciated as I have a few pistols I would like to know the date on. Clean shotgun brown barrel accepts 3 inch shells But you known how shotguns have a little circle that marks the expansion of the end of the shell. It must be an optical illusion because I can see it but gentle running the end of a tape measure through the barrel I cannot feel where the end is.
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