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Year of manufacture for Iver Johnson Target Model 1900

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by Jones1332, Jul 11, 2020.

  1. Jones1332

    Jones1332 New Member

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    Anyone on here still able to look up IJ serial numbers? Looking for year of manufacture for my Iver Johnson revolver .22 Target Model 1900 with serial number C17592, 6-inch barrel, 9 shot, blued. No estimate on value is needed, just looking for year of manufacture. I think it is from around 1931 but looking for something more concrete. Thanks!
     

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  2. Shrek73

    Shrek73 Well-Known Member

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    I believe you have a Model 69 Target, not a Model 1900 Target. The 1900 Target was a small fame and used the A prefix. The model 69 used the large frame and had a C prefix and had a 9 shot cylinder.

    Based upon the serial number, it was made in 1933.
     

  3. Jones1332

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    I put a photo of the model number stamping. Should it read “69” somewhere on there? Is the 1900 a stamp that includes a large series of similar guns? Thanks!
     

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    Shrek73 Well-Known Member

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    Not the Model 1900 Target would read that on the top strap. It was small frame which was determined not to be a very well balanced gun. As a result, they created the 69/79 using the large frame. It was better balance. The 69 had the 6" barrel and the 79 had a longer barrel. Both had solid walnut grips.