Iver Johnson 20 gauge single shot

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by rickbassett, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. rickbassett

    rickbassett New Member

    Jul 24, 2010
    Looking to take a gun to a pawn shop wondering what i should expect.
    Its an Iver Johnson "20 Gauge Choke Bore Barrel And Lug Forged In One" on top of barrel. On the side it reads Champion, its a lever action serial number RHCI (the I could be a 1 but i think its all letter based). Its defintely not new, viewable wear on the metal parts but the wood is in good condition, shoots fine.
  2. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

    Dec 30, 2003
    houston, tx
    iver johnson single barrel shotgun with all letters in the serial number were manufactured in the 1940's and 1950's. the most you can get from a pawn shop is about 25% of the value.

    CHAMPION MODEL 36---------------------------------1909-1922
    Single barrel; rebounding center mounted hammer; top lever operated break open design; gauges: 12, 16, and 20; barrel length: 28, 30, and 32 inches (features barrel and lug forged in one piece) bored full chock only; American black Walnut butt stock and fore-end; automatic extractors; weight 6¾ pounds; overall length with 30 inch barrel 45 inches; case hardened receiver (nickel available as option), browned barrel; automatic ejectors extra cost option; .410 bore, 24 and 28 gauges offered in 1913; 24 gauge dropped 1928; all gauges except 12 dropped after 1941; name changed to Champion single Barrel in 1917.
    CHAMPION SINGLE BARREL-----------------------------1923-1978
    This is the same gun as the earlier Model 36 champion except that the smaller gauges are now built on the same frame as the large gagues. See above picture for specifications. The exact year production stopped has not yet been determined. Some of these single barrel shotguns have been seen with Canadian marking, these were most likely shipped to Canada and then marked as there is no evidence that Iver Johnson’s Arms & Cycle Works ever had a manufacturing factory in Canada
    VALUE: 100%=$250 60%=$95
    Add 15% for 24, 28 gauges
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