Iver Johnson Champion 410 Info

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  1. keijus68

    keijus68 New Member

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    I have an Iver Johnson Champion 410 that I would like to find more information about.

    The markings I found on the gun are:

    "Iver Johnsons' Arms & Cycle Works
    Fitchurg,MA
    Champion 410"

    Serial Number: 81102

    Can anyone please help me with any information about the gun such as year it was made, value, etc... Thanks.
  2. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

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    serial numbers with no letter suffixes were manufactured between 1909 and 1919. if this shotgun is a small frame it is a model 39 and if a standard frame it is a model 36.

    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

    CHAMPION MODEL 36 JUNIOR---------------------------1909-1916
    Same frame size as regular Model 36; center mounted rebounding hammer; American Black Walnut butt stock and fore-end, butt stock shorten; case hardened frame and browned barrel; 12, 16, 20 gagues; barrel lengths of 26 and 28 inches, full chocked; automatic extractors; hard rubber butt plate; barrel and lug forged as one piece; weight with 26 inch barrel 6 ¼ lbs.; overall length with 26 inch barrel about 40 inches.
    VALUE: RARE 100%=$300 60%=$135

    CHAMPION MODEL 39--------------------------------1909-1916
    Smaller frame than Model 36; center mounted rebounding hammer; top lever break open mechanism; 1910 24 and 28 gauges only; 28 and 30 inch plain full choked barrels (barrel and lug forged as one piece), 1911-1915 24, 28, 410 gauges and 44 caliber (same barrel lengths); American Black Walnut butt stock and fore-end with hard rubber butt plate and pistol grip cap; automatic extractor with automatic ejector extra cost option; case hardened frame and browned barrel (nickel frame optional); weight 5¾ pounds; Overall length with 30 inch barrel 44 ½ inches.
    VALUE: 100%=$325 60%=$155

    CHAMPION MODEL 39 JUNIOR---------------------1909-1916
    Same small frame as regular Model 39; center mounted rebounding hammer, American Black Walnut butt stock and fore-end, butt stock shortened; case hardened frame and browned barrel; 24 and 28 gagues; barrel length of 26 and 28 inches 410 and 44 caliber added after 1911, full choked; automatic extractors; hard rubber butt plate; barrel and lug forged as one piece; weight 5¼ pounds with 26 inch barrel; overall length with 26 inch barrel about 39 ½ inches.
    VALUE: RARE 100%=$325 60%=$155

    bill
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