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Iver Johnson Firearms - Original Manufacturer

On-going research on Iver Johnson handguns... this research article focuses on the original Iver Johnson manufacturer from 1871 to 1993. This research also covers only the smokeless powder models that were in production in the 20th century. Iver Johnson made several 19th century black powder models. Some were converted to smokeless powder cartridges and continued production into the early twentieth century. As we find the specs on those models we will include them.

A minimum of six specs and a decent profile image are required for a handgun to be added to our database. The six specs are overall length, barrel length, weight, caliber, capacity and trigger style. Nice information to have includes frame material, grip material, safety (if any) and sights. 

Known as Iver Johnson Arms & Cycle Works in its early years, the company was formed by Norwegian born gunsmith Iver Johnson in 1871, initially established in Worcester, Massachusetts.  As the name implies, the company made both firearms and bicycles (later motorcycles). Around World War I the company began divesting itself from non-firearms concerns in the face of growing firearms demand. The company eventually dropped "Cycle Works" from its title when that part of the business was finally shut down. The business was successful through World War II. But, after World War II the company's introduction of new firearms slowed. In 1975 the name changed to Iver Johnson's Arms, Inc., and two years later, company facilities were moved to Middlesex, New Jersey. In 1982, production was moved again to Jacksonville, Arizona under the trade name Iver Johnson Arms, Inc. Without the development of newer, more modern firearms designs the company's sales dropped significantly over the years and its resources were eventually sold off to American Military Arms Corporation in 1993.

In 2003 the Iver Johnson name and logo was acquired by importer Squires Bingham International and reused to market firearms in the US imported from the Philippines, Turkey and Belgium, including 1911-style semi-automatic pistols. While the name and logo are the same as the original company, there is no other connection or relation with that previous manufacturer. This newer company will also be separately added to the database once the original manufacturer is properly covered.

Also note that particularly for revolvers a model may have various barrel length and caliber options. Those will be represented in our database for as many decent profile images as we can find. Where we can't find specific information for those options, that will be called out in the description field of the representative model.

Single-Action Revolvers

Cattleman Series
Mfg. by Uberti, imported 1973-1978.
Also produced in .357 Mag and .45 LC but no examples found.
large solid color case-hardened frame
walnut grips
hammer block safety

Model Cattleman
Caliber .44 Mag
Mag  6-rnd
Length  11"
Barrel  5.5"
Width  
Height  
Weight  41oz

 

Model Cattleman
Caliber .44 Mag
Mag  6-rnd
Length  12.75"
Barrel  7.25"
Width  
Height  
Weight  44oz

 

Double-Action Revolvers

New American Bulldog
no hammer safety
with or without adj. rear sight
black plastic grips
ribbed barrel

Other calibers: .22LR and .22 Magnum - Other size: 4" barrel/9" length, 30oz - blue or nickel finish.

Model New American Bulldog
Caliber .38 Spl
Mag  5-rnd
Length  6.5"
Barrel  2.5"
Width  
Height  
Weight  26oz

 

Model New American Bulldog
Caliber .38 Spl
Mag  5-rnd
Length  6.5"
Barrel  2.5"
Width  
Height  
Weight  26oz

 

Model Sidewinder
Caliber .22 LR
Mag  8-rnd
Length  10"
Barrel  4.75"
Width  
Height  
Weight  30oz

 

Model Sidewinder
Caliber .22 LR
Mag  8-rnd
Length  11.25"
Barrel  6"
Width  
Height  
Weight  31oz

 

Model Sidewinder
Caliber .22 LR
Mag  8-rnd
Length  10"
Barrel  4.75"
Width  
Height  
Weight  30oz

 

Model Sidewinder
Caliber .22 LR
Mag  8-rnd
Length  11.25"
Barrel  6"
Width  
Height  
Weight  31oz

 

Model 84 Protector Sealed Eight
Caliber .22 LR
Mag  8-rnd
Length  10.75"
Barrel  2.5"
Width  
Height  
Weight  20oz

 

Model 55A
Caliber .22 LR
Mag  8-rnd
Length  9.25"
Barrel  4.5"
Width  
Height  
Weight  28.5oz

 

Model 67 Viking
Caliber .22 LR
Mag  8-rnd
Length  9.5"
Barrel  4.5"
Width  
Height  
Weight  31oz

 

Model 822 Champion
Caliber .22 LR
Mag  8-rnd
Length  10.75"
Barrel  6"
Width  
Height  
Weight  24oz

 

Model 66 Trailsman
Caliber .22 LR
Mag  8-rnd
Length  11"
Barrel  6"
Width  
Height  
Weight  27oz

 

Model Supershot Sealed Eight (first)
Caliber .22 LR
Mag  8-rnd
Length  10.75"
Barrel  6"
Width  
Height  
Weight  27oz

 

Model Supershot Sealed Eight (second)
Caliber .22 LR
Mag  8-rnd
Length  10.75"
Barrel  6"
Width  
Height  
Weight  27oz

 

Model 1900 Nickel Finish (small frame)
Caliber .22 LR
Mag  7-rnd
Length  6"
Barrel  2.5"
Width  
Height  
Weight  11oz

 

Model 1900 Blued Finish (small frame)
Caliber .22 LR
Mag  7-rnd
Length  6"
Barrel  2.5"
Width  
Height  
Weight  11oz

 

Model 1900 Nickel Finish (large frame)
Caliber .32 S&W L
Mag  5-rnd
Length  6.125"
Barrel  2.5"
Width  
Height  
Weight  12oz

 

Model 1900 Blued Finish (large frame)
Caliber .32 S&W L
Mag  5-rnd
Length  6.125"
Barrel  2.5"
Width  
Height  
Weight  12oz

 

Semi-automatic Pistols

Model  X300 Pony
Caliber 380 Auto
Mag 6-rnd
Length 6"
Barrel 3"
Width  
Height 4"
Weight 20oz

 

Model TP22
Caliber .22 LR
Mag 7-rnd
Length 5.5"
Barrel 3"
Width  
Height  
Weight 12oz

 

Model TP25
Caliber .25 Auto
Mag 7-rnd
Length 5.5"
Barrel  3"
Width  
Height  
Weight 12 oz

 

Model Compact 25
Caliber .25 Auto
Mag 6-rnd
Length  4.25
Barrel 3"
Width  
Height  
Weight 9.3oz

 

Model Trailsman
Caliber .22 LR
Mag 10-rnd
Length  8.75"
Barrel 4.5"
Width  
Height  
Weight  46oz

 

Model  Trailsman
Caliber .22 LR
Mag 10-rnd
Length  10.25"
Barrel 6"
Width  
Height  
Weight  64oz

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