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Oldie But Goodie: Iver Johnson 1925 Super Trap

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  1. train222

    train222 Well-Known Member

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    OLDIES BUT GOODIES #2: 1925 Iver Johnson Super Trap

    32” Side By Side Barrels, Dual Triggers, Ventilated Rib, Choked Modified and Full

    I purchased this Iver Johnson Super Trap about 18 years ago, from a gentlemen who’s father was the original purchaser of this shotgun 1925.

    The Iver Johnson Letters and 1925 Catalog came with the gun when I purchased it.

    The gun was still being used at the time I purchased it. The bluing and case colors where gone and all of the varnish was gone, but the wood and metal was in excellent condition…

    I felt this gun was a candidate for total restoration, so I sent it to Al Springer of Rocky Mountain Bluing, in Moore, Montana and 6 months later, here are the results.

    I hope you enjoy seeing the pictures as much as I enjoy owning this piece of history…

    Thanks for Looking,

    Stu Gabriel (MrGun)


    1925 Iver Johnson Super Trap Side By Side

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  2. BILL GRILL

    BILL GRILL Well-Known Member

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    Very nice Stu. Are you going to shoot it? Bill
     
  3. train222

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    Bill,

    I have shot it a couple of times, but I will stick with my Perazzi's on the firing line...The Super Trap is a little to heavy for me to handle...

    Thanks,

    Stu Gabriel (MrGun)
     
  4. Jimmy E

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    WOW. That has to be the coolest trap gun ever. What a rare find and a beautiful restoration. Awesome wood!!
     
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    Very nice Stu. Please keep the pictures coming. You just don't see guns like this at the trapfield.
     
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    RodBuster,

    Thanks for your comments. It's nice to see so many shooters that really like the older shotguns as much as I do...

    I have several more in my collection that I will be posting pictures of....

    Thanks,

    Stu Gabriel (MrGun)
     
  7. phirel

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    I like the gun. I have never seen one before.

    Pat Ireland
     
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    Nice gun- looks like it was built with ample stout

    I have never seen one before- or if I have- I didnt know what I was looking at

    regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  9. train222

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    Gene,


    Your right, they don't build them like this anymore. It seems the quality and the feel of the older shotguns, is far superior to todays shotguns...

    And imagine this, when this shotgun was new in 1925 it only cost $27.50...

    What a DEAL!

    Enjoy,

    Stu Gabriel (MrGun)
     
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    Gary,

    What would be the reason to setting the screws to north and south. I have never heard of that before. I would assume you would have to do a trial and error on the length of the screws to get that to work?

    Thanks for the interest,

    Stu Gabriel (MrGun)
     
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    Wow, Eye candy for those which appreciate Classic American trap guns.

    Berettaman7
     
  13. 100straight

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    Concerning setting the screws. I'm not sure about Iver Johnson, but other makers of early double barrels called this having the screws "in time." Remington and Parker, as well as others, would always have all the screw slots on the gun lined up lengthwise. Not sure if there was any purpose, but you can always tell if one of those guns has been apart by someone not expert in double guns. They will have the screws out of time, and won't even realize they did anything wrong. Whenever I work on one of these old guns I try to figure out which screws belong in which holes, and put them back in time.

    Shoot well and often,

    Mark.
     
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    Great example of why some classic guns should be restored so as to enhance their beauty and their history.

    We can look at these like new guns and connect with the long ago artisans who put a part of themselves into their work.

    Where were these made?
    What happened to the company?
    Is that a Galazan Hawkins pad?
    Thanks
    Lou
     
  15. train222

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    Lou,

    Iver Johson where manufactured in Fitchburg, MASS. from 1883-1984, than they moved to Jacksonville, AZ...The company was sold in 1987 to American Military arms corporation which closed its doors in 1993.

    Thanks,

    Stu Gabriel (MrGun)
     
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    Stu:

    Thanks.

    At least we now know one good thing worth keeping that came out of Massachusetts.

    Lou
     
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    Wow, you have quite an impressive and interesting collection of shotguns, Mr. Gabriel. Thank you for sharing.

    -Gary
     
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    I have been to Moore MT many times. When I used to live in Great Falls and Later Lewistown, I hunted there on a ranch owned by Pete Nelson. I've taken some really big white tails out of there. Doe tags were issued in bunches of 4 and 5 back in the late 70s.

    Very nice gun; a work of art. The screws, when oriented in the same direction are refered to as "clocked" Lots of famous gun makers did this. It has no practical purpose other than to say very loudly "I am a master craftsman. I know how to do fine work and do so, even when it doesn't count" Only the very best bothered with it and it was a point of separation between the great gun makers and the "also rans"

    R Talley
     
  19. train222

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    omgb

    I too have visted Moore, Mt, but many years ago, in my younger days. What fantastic country. I would have liked to live there to enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of thf the great out doors...

    Thanks for the information about the screws, I was not aware of that...

    Thanks,

    Stu Gabriel (MrGun)
     
  20. 100straight

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    Winchester 21 with screws "in time" or "clocked."

    Shoot well and often,

    Mark.
     
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