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I've seen prior posts on Shotgunworld re: Iver Johnson shotguns, but have not seen chart that would translate serial number to date of manufacture. I've inherited my Grandfathers shotgun- I am guessing circa ~1920s but looking for facts.

Serial number has NO LETTERS and is hand stamped on both the trigger guard and on the underside hinge plate of the barrel.

Serial numbers match: 37046
 

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Ever since our resident Iver Johnson expert, Mr. Bill Goforth passed any information on Iver Johnson shotguns it is anyones guess. Here is mine:
If the gun has a serial number with no letter prefix, it was made between 1909 and 1919.
If the gun has a single letter prefix, it was made between 1920 and 1929.
If the gun has a two letter prefix it was made between 1930 and 1939.
If the gun has an all letter serial number i was made between 1940 and 1950.
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If the word CHAMPION appears above all other markings.th gun was made before 1925 and the word appears below all other makings, the gun was made after 1925.
I have two dates for a serial number of 37046 depending on the model. Old Model Champion −1889 and New Model Champion-1918
 

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Thank You kindly, Ned for your quick reply. And heres to the memory of Mr. Goforth- I can tell from past posts that he was a friend and a detail-oriented gentleman!

As for my 12 ga. shotgun, There are no markings of "Champion" anywhere on the gun. From your guidance, merged with when Grandpa was shooting, I am guessing 1918. Grand Dad was born in 1886, and I'm told he bought the gun new... so I don think the 3 year old was playing with guns. :) Likely he purchased the 1918 model when he was 32.

As for the guns markings, Left side metal stamping only, all caps:

MANUFACTURED BY
IVER JOHNSON ARMS & CYCLE WORKS
FITCHBURG, MASS. U S A

The serial numbers have no letters, matched sets on trigger guard and barrel: 37046

Ned Fall said:
Ever since our resident Iver Johnson expert, Mr. Bill Goforth passed any information on Iver Johnson shotguns it is anyones guess. Here is mine:
If the gun has a serial number with no letter prefix, it was made between 1909 and 1919.
If the gun has a single letter prefix, it was made between 1920 and 1929.
If the gun has a two letter prefix it was made between 1930 and 1939.
If the gun has an all letter serial number i was made between 1940 and 1950.
also
If the word CHAMPION appears above all other markings.th gun was made before 1925 and the word appears below all other makings, the gun was made after 1925.
I have two dates for a serial number of 37046 depending on the model. Old Model Champion −1889 and New Model Champion-1918
 

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Ever since our resident Iver Johnson expert, Mr. Bill Goforth passed any information on Iver Johnson shotguns it is anyones guess. Here is mine:
If the gun has a serial number with no letter prefix, it was made between 1909 and 1919.
If the gun has a single letter prefix, it was made between 1920 and 1929.
If the gun has a two letter prefix it was made between 1930 and 1939.
If the gun has an all letter serial number i was made between 1940 and 1950.
also
If the word CHAMPION appears above all other markings.th gun was made before 1925 and the word appears below all other makings, the gun was made after 1925.
I have two dates for a serial number of 37046 depending on the model. Old Model Champion −1889 and New Model Champion-1918
I've got one that has Champion above all other words but has 4 digit all letter serial XGGX on reciever tang and on underside of forend. Any ideas when this might be made?
 
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