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iver johnson revolver question

Bad HabitBad Habit New MemberPosts: 15 New Member
recently inherited an iver johnson 32 and have found some conflicting info online
barrel is inscribed

iver johnson arms & cycle works
serial # is on grip frame and bottom of trigger guard and is 37xxx

no other info is on the revolver- no model, patent, or letters

looks like a 4" barrel terget grip model

due to markings
some info says made between 1883 and 1891 and is blackpowder only

but other info says that the blackpowder cartridge versions had a free spinning cylinder- even when closed.

just trying to get some real info cause it was my great grandfathers

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  • Bad HabitBad Habit New Member Posts: 15 New Member
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,026 Senior Member
    Where on the grip frame, do you have to take the wood grip off to see the serial number?
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    What exactly do you want to know ????
    It is a good round to hand-load, low power loads
    "There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you, the Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say, you do not improve with age. Founding member of the G&A forum since 1996
  • Bad HabitBad Habit New Member Posts: 15 New Member
    serial # is on left side of grip frame . i do have to remove the wooden grips to see the #.

    just trying to pin down which model it is and approx dates of manufacture. i know IJ's records were destroyed so i can't get the exact year.
    also would it be safe to shoot with current 32S&W short ammo made by remington?
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,026 Senior Member
    Looks like mine, only it is a 78xxx serial number; however, the cylinder does not free spin with the action closed unless the trigger is slightly pulled and before the hand makes contact with the star.

    I've never shot .32 S&W, though I have shot .32 S&W long lead round nose. I would not shoot Fiochi Semi Wad cutters as they seem to be a hotter loading.
  • Bad HabitBad Habit New Member Posts: 15 New Member
    thanks for the help. firing pin is broke. i'm gonna clean it up and put it in a heirloom case. .
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    I remember seeing many of the early H&R and Iver Johnson revolvers when I worked at the gun-store / range, lots of .32 short Remington Kleenbore ammo around then too.
    Diminutive pocket revolvers in .32 short were quite common in the late 1800's.
    "There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you, the Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say, you do not improve with age. Founding member of the G&A forum since 1996
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