Iverson Johnson Shotgun safety question

Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by eddievalentine, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. eddievalentine

    eddievalentine New Member

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    Hello everyone,

    I have come into possession of an Iverson Johnson "Champion" 12 gauge shotgun, which from what I have read online was manufactured sometime after 1909.. in Fitchburg MA or some place like that

    It says something like "Pats. pending 1901 , 1902" on it.. and it does not say 12 gauge anywhere but it measures across as one and I have a couple 12 gauge shells that fit fine in it

    My question is, are these modern day shells safe to fire in this old shotgun? and if not, what ammo do i need to get for it?

    The gun doesnt even work (firing pin and hammer etc broken ..for now) but when I get it restored I want to be able to shoot it a few times

    Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks!
    Last edited: Feb 29, 2008
  2. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

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    the patent date you refer to were only used on iver johnson single barrel shotgun manufactured before 1909. with out seeing a picture i can't be sure exactly wihich model it, but i would suppect it is what collectors call the ring trigger model. any iver johnson single barrel shotgun manufactured before 1909 should not be fired with modern ammo.

    i would be able to better identify your shotgun with pictures.
    bill
    Last edited: Feb 29, 2008
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