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Old 01-10-2017, 10:26 PM
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This was hiding in a dark corner at my favorite LGS:









It's an Iver Johnson 16 gauge. Is this a date code?



Asking price was $100...got it for $60.

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Old 01-10-2017, 10:33 PM
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Congratulations on you fine of a old 16 Ga.,I love shotguns!
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Old 01-10-2017, 10:36 PM
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That looks like a great piece of history! It's a shooter, I'm guessing?
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Old 01-10-2017, 10:57 PM
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That looks like a great piece of history! It's a shooter, I'm guessing?
16 gauge has always been my favorite shotgun

I did a little research and the 4 letter code is actually the serial number. I.J. used letters during the 1940s through 1956.
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Old 01-11-2017, 12:30 AM
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Here's how the letters make up the serial #.
f i t c h b u r g x
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
Your serial # would be 3040 = txcx
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Old 01-11-2017, 12:30 AM
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I like these old workhorse single shots. I have a Stevens in 16 gauge also. I think about all the game these oldies likely put in the pot over the years...Like the Model 10 of shotguns.
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Old 01-11-2017, 12:34 AM
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f i t c h b u r g x
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Your serial # would be 3040 = txcx
Thanks!!!! Any idea as to an exact year?
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:21 AM
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Congratulations OP.

Just think of the stories your Old Iver Johnson could tell???

I do believe my family has the matching shotgun to yours, except ours is a 410. Our version also has the electrical tape in almost the same exact spot on the forend stock as yours.

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[QUOTE=Exiled Cheesehead;139411303 Our version also has the electrical tape in almost the same exact spot on the forend stock as yours.

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Was that a factory option or a later add on? Larry
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Old 01-11-2017, 01:39 PM
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Can only get close. All letter serial numbers were used 1940-1956.
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My first gun is a .410 like that, from my grandfather. It's marked Diamond Arms Corp., but was, I think, made for them by IJ. Full choke. I killed doves and ducks with it. Grandfather found it effective on squirrels, too.
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Guns like this are still used by Brazilian Indians deep in the jungle.

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Old 01-11-2017, 05:06 PM
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I "need" one of those; got a 410, 20 and 12.
Congrats an your find.
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Old 01-11-2017, 05:11 PM
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I "need" a 20 gauge single barrel. I have 12,16,28 .410!!!
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We stayed at a friend's cabin in North Georgia every summer when I was a kid, they had a single barrel 16 gauge that I'd shoot every time they'd let me.
Here's a 20 gauge, I keep it at our house in the mountains. Every place in the mountains is supposed to have one of these.


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I have one of it's Little Brothers, but, in 410 it shoots 2.5" shells only.
Mine has a serial number in numbers not letters so I guess, per post #4 was made after 1956.
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^^^^^^^^ Maybe not. no letter suffix 1909-19
one letter suffix 1920-29
two letter suffix 1930-39
all letters 1940-56
unknown 1971-75
There are a couple places it could fit in.
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My 410, from post 15, has the same makers stamp but has CHAMPION stamped under the Fitchburg, Mass line, the serial number just behind the trigger guard is 34981. No letters. My Dad bought it used at an auction in Hot Springs, Arkansas when I was a teen, probably about 1963, on a family vacation.
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Old 01-11-2017, 10:55 PM
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Here's a recently purchased 12 gauge Stevens. I'm thinking the tape must've been an option from the factory....



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Old 01-11-2017, 11:01 PM
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Turnerriver,
Now a 20 gauge is essential to round out my set!!!

The good thing is that almost any single barrel shotgun can be had in the $100 or less range. The Stevens 12 gauge above was $20!
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$60?! And a 16 gauge? Oh yeah, I would have bought that one!
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Luv dem ol single shots.....a 20 resides in my shop and a 12 at my lake house....Used the 12 to kill an armadillo in the back yard last summer.
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My daughter has a Stevens or Savage (I forget), in 16. She's looking for a 410 to match it, she passed on a 12 as "too much like the 16." She collects early 20th century single shots. Anyway I'm authorized to grab her a 410 single for her if I find one for $100 or less.
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