Originally Posted by b.goforth
your revolver is a large frame second model (1896-1908) 38 caliber safety automatic hammer revolver. your revolver serial number I33667 was manufactured in 1903. the patent date should be of the left side of the barrel and not marked very deep. all second model safety automatic revolvers were manufactured for balck powder cartridge pressures only.
for proper identification of your revolver i need the serial number found on the left side of the grip frame (under the grips), the exact top of the barrel markings and any marking on the left side of the barrel and or the bottom of the butt strap. where is the serial number located that you give in your post?
The serial number is actually on the butt of the pistol and not under the grip. The serial # is 14442. There is a rib going down the top of the barrel. The markings state "Iver Johnson's Arms and Cycle Works, Fitchburg, Mass. USA, PAT'D APR. 6, 86, FEB. 15, 87, MAY 10, 87, DEC. 26, 93. PATS. PENDING. This is stamped on the rib on top of the barrel. There is an owl's head on the grips. The barrel is 5". The gun has lost about 1/2 of it's chrome (no surprise there). The cylinder is a .38 S&W. I'm assuming that this gun is black powder only. If so, I have two questions, other than date of manufacture and anything else you can offer. One, where can I find a new cylinder for this and, two, where can I find some .38 S&W black powder loads outside of reloading my own? I don't have my dies set up at the moment. Thanks!