Iver Johnson Super Shot Sealed 8 Questions

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  1. twopass

    twopass New Member

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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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  2. hrf

    hrf Active 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
  3. 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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  4. hrf

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    Serial no. L24422 was made in 1941, the last prewar batch.
  5. jmace57

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    Thanks hrf
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Birdseye

    Birdseye New Member

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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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. hrf

    hrf Active Member

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    Welcome to TFF. Your Model 834 was made in 1939.
  12. nsh0762

    nsh0762 New Member

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    Thank You hrf for the info. I had no idea it was that old.
  13. eaton1990

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    Hoping some of you over Johnson fellas are still out there, I have owned a IJ supershot sealed 8 since i was 14 I have recently become interested in the actual date it is from I have a serial number on the underneath of the trigger guard L318xx I'm wonder if its worth restoring it still fires wonderfully but needs to be reblued
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  14. hrf

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    Welcome to TFF. Your Supershot Sealed 8 was made in 1946.

    Refinishing will destroy any future collector value. Let the next owner decide if he wants to reblue it.
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