Sold For: $1,225
Make: Iver Johnson
Model: Hercules Grade
Serial Number: 12667
Year of Manufacture: 1927-1941
Gauge: .410 Bore, 2 1/2″ Shells
Action Type: Hammerless Boxlock Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun with Dual Triggers, Extractor, and Automatic-Safety
Markings: The right of the receiver is marked “IVER JOHNSON’S / ARMS & CYCLE WORKS / FITCHBURG MASS. U.S.A.”, the left has a dog scene. The water table is marked with the serial number and patent dates. The top of the right barrel is marked “IVER JOHNSON”, the left “HERCULES GRADE”, the flat is marked with the serial number and “F”s on each side.
Barrel Length: 26”
Choke: Both are choked Full, fixed.
Sights / Optics: There is a brass bead at the front of the rib. The top of the rib is serrated for glare reduction.
Weight: 6 lb., 4.6 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered wood with a semi-beavertail forend, straight grip, straight comb, and serrated black hard rubber Iver Johnson buttplate. The forend is a replacement and the forend iron is repaired or replaced, secured to the barrel rib with a cross pin. The forend has a gap to the receiver. The forend is secured to the iron with a screw from the bottom. The stocks have several scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14″ and 13 1/8″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the buttplate. The plate has scattered light wear with well defined serrations and lettering. Drop at comb is approximately 1 1/2″, drop at heel 2 3/4″. The cast is about neutral. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good as partially not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case-Color
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion in the bores.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 75% of its metal finish. The barrels have scattered light finish wear, most showing discoloration from oxidation. There are some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. The receiver’s case color has muted in some areas, strongest on the top, and shows some scattered minor surface oxidation. The screw heads are tool marked with strong slots, the bottom tang screws do not appear to be properly timed. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The safety engages automatically when the lever is pushed to the side. The barrels lock up to the receiver with no play. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: Iver Johnson’s Hercules Grade is considered by some to be one of the finest American utility shotguns made in the early 20th century. The guns were simple, robust, and affordable. This example is chambered for 2 1/2″ .410 bore shells. The forend iron has been repaired and/or replaced, but still properly cocks the action when opened and locks the barrels up tight. The bores are great and this would still make for a nice gun for small game and birds. It would also be a nice addition to an Iver Johnson collection. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R CAN be transferred in California. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.