I J Target Sealed 8

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  1. jbooth

    jbooth New Member

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    hi i also have one of these in my posession. a family friend gave it to me to clean up for him and i'd love to give him a little info about it. the serial number is N35112. any info, mainly the year it was made, would be much appreciated. thanks so much
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    Welcome to the forum.

    N35112 was made in 1953, the next to last production year.
  3. ddireno

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    I received an Iver Johnson Mod 55, serial #H6987. Gun appears to be in excellent shape. What year was this gun made? It has a pull pin cylinder release. Do I need to remove the 8-shot cylinder to load/reload? Is it safe to shoot 22LR 1280 FPS 36GR Plated Hollow Point cartridges in this gun? Thanks for you help.
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    Welcome to the forum.

    There is no serial number chart for the Model 55 but H prefix dates 1958-1974 period. With photos and a listing of all markings and where marked it might be possible to narrow the period as there were several variations.

    It can be loaded and unloaded via the slot on right side without removing the cylinder.

    Any current .22LR ammo should be safe.
  5. C&R collector

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    I'm very glad to have found this forum and being new here I just want to say hello. So Hello all! Ok now down to business, I have just acquired an Iver Johnson Target Sealed 8 .22 revolver. Until I figure out how to put a picture up on here I'll just have to describe it as best as I can. Grip- slips on from the bottom up with a bottom screw, walnut checkered (in a 2 inch by 1 inch diamond shape) Hammer- single action spring intact Frame- has 95% bluing, perhaps 92% Cylinder- 8 shot, has very sharp edges on the ratchet, also has wear ring around the outside of the cylinder. Trigger- has vertical serrations for grip- not blued. Barrel is a 6 inch octagon with a fixed front half round blade, top of barrel reads " I. J. A. & C. W. FITCHBURG MASS. U.S.A. left side of barrel (revolver pointing down range) reads I J TARGET SEALED 8. Top of frame as your looking down onto it has a different matte finish (probably meant to keep down glare) the serial number on bottom of trigger guard matches the number on the inside of the handle (M11545) Looking for a possible age, I have been told it is post WWII however with the octagon barrel I am doubting that. It is possible someone put an octagon barrel on this gun to make it look older but I do not know why anyone would go through that trouble.
  6. hrf

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    Welcome to the forum.

    M11545 is one of the last pre-war first models made in 1941 and the octagon barrel is correct.
  7. C&R collector

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    Thank you for this information, I may have overpaid for this gem ($200) however in most collectable items, price is rarely a major concern.
  8. WE0H

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    Just bought N19293 today. Condition is good mechanically with cylinder & barrel a brown color & all else blue. Going to give it to my dad soon :)

    Mike
  9. hrf

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    Welcome to the forum.

    N19293 was made in 1952.
  10. WE0H

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    Thank you very much. I see I signed up a while ago but never posted until last night :)

    Mike
  11. j_shamp

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    I have one that is in pretty rough shape. M33862 Any idea on what a reblue runs?
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    Welcome to the forum. You didn't ask, but it was made in 1947.

    A professional reblue would probably cost more than value of the gun, and would destroy any collector value.
  13. suzstan

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    I just cleaned a I.JTarget Sealed8 with a serial number of: M72224. It was my 90 year old uncles gun and have no idea were he got it. Can anyone tell me how old this gun is? It is in very good condition with the wood pistol grip in perfect condition. There is some discoloration on the barrel, but not bad.
  14. hrf

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    Welcome to the forum suzstan,

    M72224 was made in 1949.
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    You fixed me up a coouple weeks ago when I questioned the year made for a couple top-break 32 cal IJ hammerless revolvers. Thanks again. Just dove in for the 3rd time on an IJ revolver. This time it's Target Sealed 8 SN M765XX which I'm guessing was made around 1948 or 1949 based on answers elsewhere on this thread. The barrel is round, it has wooden grips with checkered diamond design, and has a leaf spring vs coil that I saw on another forum. The frame is nicely blued but the barrel and cylindar and barrel appear a little lighter, almost dark grey color. The bore and chambers are very clean and cylindar lock-up is pretty good. A little play but it requires manually trying to turn it. Position at cocking or at hammer release is dead on with the bore. I would greatly appreciate it if you could tell me the year of manufacture and how long leaf springs were used in these revolvers.

    Geezer in Dayton
  16. hrf

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    M765XX was made in 1949. The mainspring was not changed to coil type until 4th variation 1952/53.
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    HKF;

    Thanks again for the quick response.

    Geezer
  18. DJ18

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    Looking to get infomation on my IJ Tager Sealed 8.

    Serial # M14004

    Thanks
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    Second Model made in 1946
  20. TXMAVERICK

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    I J Sealed 8

    I have a .22 cal pistol that was given to me by my mother-in-law a few years ago. Saw this forum and thought I'd find out what I could about it. On the top of the gun (on the flat bar above the cylinder) it says "I J Sealed 8", below that it says "Fitchburg, Mass U.S.A." It also appears to have "A&C WKS" right above that. Under the trigger guard it says "N4227" which I'm guessing is the serial number. The overall condition of the pistol is very good. Some of the bluing has worn off but everything works and is tight. The wood grips are in pretty good shape with only a little bit of wear showing on the upper left side.

    Any information regarding this pistol is greatly appreciated. Thank you for having this forum where folks can find out stuff like this from knowledgeable people.
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