Iver Johnson

from 1871 to 1993
Massachusetts

  • U.S. firearms, bicycle, and motorcycle manufacturer
  • Iver Johnson (1841–1895)
  • 1857  educated as a gunsmith in Bergen, Norway
  • Had a gun store in Oslo, Norway
  • 1863 immigrated to Worcester, Massachusetts
  • he made “pepperbox” pistols for Allen & Wheelock
  • 1871 with Martin Bye created the Johnson Bye & Company
  • 1883 Johnson bought Bye out
    – name changed to Iver Johnson & Company
  • 1891 name changed Iver Johnson’s Arms & Cycle Works
    – relocated to Fitchburg, Massachusetts
  • O.F. Mossberg worked for Iver Johnson durring this time
  • 1895 Iver Johnson died of tuberculosis, his sons took over
  • 1971 Louis Imperato purchased the name and moved IJ to New Jersey
  • 1983 Investors bought Iver Johnson name and moved to Jacksonville, Arkansas
  • 1993 ceased trading under its own name
    – owned by American Military Arms Corporation (AMAC)
  • 2006 Iver Johnson Arms opened (relation in name only)
    – in Rockledge, Florida
    – manufacturer and firearms importer
    – Iver Johnson Arms is making 1911s

 

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