Sold for $2413.93
Make: Iver Johnson
Model: Hammerless Hercules Grade .410
Serial Number: 3256E
Year of Manufacture: 1924 – 1940, C&R
Gauge: 410, 3” Chamber
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 is marked “-IVER JOHNSON- / -HERCULES GRADE-”. The water table is marked with the serial number and patent dates. The left side of the barrels is marked “CHAMBERED / FOR / 3IN SHELLS” inside an ovoid engraving. The flat is marked with the serial number and “F”s on each side.
Barrel Length: 28”
Choke: Both barrels measure 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 lbs, 11.2 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered wood with a semi-beavertail forend, straight grip, straight comb, and black Decelerator rubber buttpad. The stocks have some
scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14 1/2″ and 13 5/8″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the buttpad. The pad has no notable wear or damage. Drop at comb is approximately 1 1/2″, drop at heel 2 3/4″. The cast is about neutral. Overall, the stocks are in Fine Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There are some streaks of stubborn fouling in both bores but there is no erosion in either.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. There is finish wear on the underside of the receiver where a large section of the case color is worn off. There are a few light scratches on the barrels. The screw heads are well defined. The markings are clear except for the patent markings on the water table which is a bit worn. Overall, this shotgun is in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrel lockup is tight 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 3″ .410 bore shells. 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 in your bidding!