Iver Johnson Super Shot Sealed 8 Questions

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  1. fuzebox40

    fuzebox40 Active Member

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    If it's a Supershot Sealed Eight it should have the letter code L or A with the serial no. on the left side grip strap (remove grip to see) and that serial no. with letter code L would make it a First Model manufactured in 1936, however the finger rest was not introduced untill 1939 so this conflicts with your discription.
    Verify serial no. and markings to be certain. Not sure if there is a "manual" to speak of that's atainable. Is there something in particular you need to ascertain about the gun?
    For about $35 you can buy the Iver Johnson book by W.E. Goforth. (b.goforth) from previous posts.
  2. hrf

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    Your gun might also be a post war Sealed 8 model?
    According to Bill's book, the first model ended at serial M13100, and 14579 would be a second model made either 1946 if an M prefix or 1951 if an N prefix.
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  3. greenpearl148

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    Hey, I've been reading the posts about the .22 supershot sealed eight. My girlfriend has one that belonged to her grandfather and we've been trying to get info on it. Thanks to the posts here, we found what we were looking for. The gun we have has s/n L2335 and is in pretty good shape. Thanks again.
  4. fuzebox40

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    That serial number with letter code L would place it among the first year of the Supershot Sealed Eight (1932). Model 834 is equiped with an Adjustable Finger Rest and adjustable rear sight, Model 833 does not have the finger rest, Model 88 does not have the finger rest or adjustable rear sight.
  5. fleetwood1976

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    I think $150 to $175 is low. I know If I set out to buy one for $200 I don't think it could be done in that shape. I am thinking more like $250.
  6. twopass

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    Greetings!
    I discovered this website/thread while Googling images of the Super Sealed "8".

    Congrats on securing such a pristine example of the gun.

    I will inherit an identical "8" my father owned when my mother passes.

    I have a picture of him holding it and the skunk he shot with it on a farm in N.D. in 1937(?).

    The gun shows/exhibits use. The bluing is worn from riding in a holster, and I recall while shooting it some 20 odd years ago it would some times "jam" while cycling it double-action. As if the mechanism wasn't engaging the notch in the cylinder properly.

    So, it definitely has a future date w/a gunsmith. Also, last time I saw it the adjustable finger rest (and it did have one) had mysteriously gone missing. Damn! That'll be a impossible to find item.

    Are there any parts sources for Iver Johnsons?

    Cheers........
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  7. hrf

    hrf Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum.

    Give Numrich customer service a call, they may have the finger rest:

    http://www.gunpartscorp.com/ContactUs.aspx
  8. jmace57

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    Not to hijack the thread, but my reading this thread sent me on a quest for one of these. Don't know why it so appealed to me, but I knew I had to have one. Months of participating in gun auctions led to me buying one for $150 in not quite as nice a condition as the one shown above. It was made in the early 30's accoriding to the serial number. I took it shooting at the range this past week for the first time and have never shot a pistol so accurate. At 7 yards was shooting groups of 1". Amazing. (Serial #L24422)
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  9. hrf

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    Serial no. L24422 was made in 1941, the last prewar batch.
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    Thanks hrf
  11. Birdseye

    Birdseye New Member

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    Hi. I saw the write up on these pistols in the May American Rifleman:
    http://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/iver-johnson-22-supershot-sealed-eight/

    The look of the gun appealed to me and I kept my eyes open. I recently got this one sn L84xx

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    Couple of questions for any who care to respond. First, what date do you think this gun is? Seems that it might well be in the first production year. Second: what is the deal with the receiver color? It is steel (I thought that it might be a funky brass) and the color is uniform, even under the grips.

    Oh, about the grips, the grip screw mates with a square nut in the frame that is held in position with a piece of cellophane tape. Early production maybe?

    Odd.

    Thoughts welcome.
  12. hrf

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    L84XX was made in 1933, second year of production.

    The odd frame tint may be a result of refinishing, and the front sight also is more slanted than the originals.

    The square nut sounds like the original threaded hole stripped out and a fix was improvised.
  13. Birdseye

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    Interesting, thank you.

    The finish is odd. In poking around the net I have come across a couple of these with a similar finish on the frame (as far as I can tell). The screws and such don't look like they have been monkeyed with.
  14. fuzebox40

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    Personaly I tend to think it was likely refinished (the frame at least) with browning to purposely achieve a different (two tone) look. The grip screw hole sometimes strips and that is the result.
  15. nsh0762

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    Hey All,
    I am new to the forum but stumbled across while doing some research on my IJ Supershot Sealed Eight. This was handed down to me from my Dad and I am not sure of the history before that. From previous posts it would seem to be a model 834. It does have the finger rest and adjustable sights. I would like to know its manufacture date if someone could help. Under the grip is stamped s/n L20457. Same # is on bottom of trigger guard without the L. This is a fine shooting gun that my family has got a lot of enjoyment out of. Any help would be appreciated.
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