Guns, Firearms, Projectile Weapon Sports/Dating of an Iver Johnson

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QUESTION: Mr. Gage,
I am helping an elderly lady repair and the identify her father's Iver Johnson Shotgun.

The Shotgun is labeled Champion/ Iver Johnson Arms and Cycle Works/ Fitchburg,Mass,USA.

The barrel is marked "12 GAUGE CHOKE BORE   BARREL & LUG N ONE

Throughout the gun and wood are the markings HUXC. There are no other serial markings. I realize that some state the letters had values equated with the name Fitchburg, but the X stumps me. Thoough abused, the barrel still has a mirror finish inside.
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The barrel is 30 inches.

ANSWER: Hello Robert Sadler.
  There were five different models of the Champion, manufactured by IJ. I need a little more information. What is the overall length, muzzle to butt. Is the barrel lug, the piece that attaches the barrel to the receiver, one piece with the barrel, or welded to it? I have never seen any information dealing with the letters HUXC, or any other that are significant, other than perhaps used as an assembly number. Please follow up with this information and I will help you identify your shotgun. Charles Gage

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QUESTION: Mg. Gage,
Unfortunately I am on the road for a week and can't measure the o/a length of the gun.
However, the barrel and lug were one piece, not welded.
I will get back to you when I return.

Thank you.

Bob Sadler

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Hello, again, Bob Sadler.
  Your shotgun is an Iver Johnson Champion Model 36. It was manufactured sometime between 1909 and 1957, unless it has a heavy reinforced breech, then it is the Champion Jacketed Breech Single Gun 1912-1917. Sounds like I didn't do much research on this one, but since there were no recorded serial numbers during that period of time, it is the best I can do. There were a few other choices, such as the EXCEL 1910-1935 approx., but it had EXCEL stamped on it instead of Champion. Another was the Champion Matted Rib 1912-1941. It had, as the name suggests, a raised matted rib running the full length of the barrel, and a Champion Semi-Octagon Barrel 1912-1927, with the first 5 inches from the breech being octagon in shape. These are all the Champion models Iver Johnson manufactured. Maybe your friend can help narrow the age gap with some fond memories. Hope you the best on your restoration, and thank you for asking for me. Please take time to rate my answers. Charles Gage  

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I can answer questions dealing with firearms and their development due to western expansion. I can answer most questions about any firearms of the world manufactured after the Civil War(1868 - present. I can offer safety warnings about these. I can offer opinions and the reasons behind these. I can also answer questions about Iver Johnson firearms. I can identify by pictures most firearms. If your question involves a firearm you have access to, please include a good quality photo with your question.

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I have been at the study of firearms and their use since my first issue of Field and Stream in 1962.At that time I was completely devoted to rifles, but over the years I have experienced the thrill of the hunt with handguns, shotguns and of course rifles. I moved from Oklahoma to New Mexico in 1972 and, since, I have taken numerous game and non-game animals with all firearms (cannons excluded)including blackpowder muzzleloading rifles,shotguns and handguns. My favorite handgun for large non-game animals, such as feral hogs, is my Uberti replica of a 1847 Colt Walker. Very heavy, but accurate.

Education/Credentials
I am a 1973 high school graduate. Junior and senior year I developed a class on Wildlife Depredation and Conservation of our Rocky Mountain states. My specialty was the brown bear.

Awards and Honors
New Mexico Hunter Safety Program Instructor 15 year award.

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