I always had a soft spot for the old "cheap" shotguns, maybe because my first shotgun was an old late 1940's Harrington & Richardson bolt action 12 gauge, which I still have, but I always like Iver Johnson guns too......maybe because they cranked out millions of affordable but reliable guns in their day, marketed for the "working class man". These single shots are examples of these, just plain, no nonsense shotguns. Plain wood, blued metal, no engraving or checkering on the wood.
Recently I saw two Iver Johnson break-open single shots, a 410 and a 16 gauge. Another is a 12 gauge of an unidentified maker, looks similiar but not the same as the Iver Johnsons.There are also a bunch of others, but I am really only interested in the Iver Johnsons, and maybe the 12 gauge.
Are these old 1880's and 1890's era shotguns safe to shoot with modern, light smokless shotguns shells?
I don't know too much about old shotguns, I only bought the 410 because I was looking for a cheap little 410 to tool around with, and the Iver Johnson for $80 seemed like a winner, plus it makes a companion for my Iver Johnson .38 revolver.