Re: Iver Johnson Revolver Questions
this is a third model manufactured in 1913, there were 6,600 manufactured that year. the serial numbers on the grip frame, the trigger guard and the bottom of the top strap were applied at time of final assembly so all should match. the different serial number on the top strap means this is a replacement barrel and not by the factory. if the factory would have put a new barrel on it there would not be a serial number on it or old number removed and new number to match frame would be added. as a shooter there is noting wrong with replacing the barrel but it loses all collectable status (which is small in a third model). very few of the third models with the "western walnut" were nickel finished. so with the replacement barrel i would suppect it has also be refinished. one of the features of top break revolvers are the abilities to have short or long barrels on the same frame. i have often wondered why iver johnson never adverttized this feature and offered different barrels as a set.