Re: Iver Johnson Revolver Questions
I'm still waiting to pick-up the gun at the store (due to the 10-day waiting period). I went back today and got some more info off the gun. The guys at the store don't know much about it, other than the fact that it is a Iver Johnson 5-shot revolver, chambered for .38 S&W rounds or .38 short rounds.
They said they took it in, after a lady brought it in when her husband passed away. It looks quite old. It is a "top break" frame. There is no hammer on it, just a firing pin that sits behinde the cylinder. The only markings I could find are the ones on the bottom of the handgrip. They read as follows; "Pat. June 16 96 Aug 25 95 Sept 6 04 pat. pending"
On the bottom of the trigger guard are the numbers 37438. I didn't remove the black bakelite handgrips to see if there are any more #s underneath. When I finally take it home I will dissassmble it more to see if I can find any more #s.
Do you think it's safe to fire modern ammo in this gun? I fired about 25 rounds thru it last night without any problem - I just don't want anything to go wrong. I'm new to guns, and I'm not sure if it would misfeed and go off in my hand, or if because of it's age it can handle today's ammunition.
Thanks for the help!