Re: Iver .38 question
garyw148, you are right in that there was a class of revolver called Suicide Specials, but Iver Johnson was never in that class. (Also, the whole term may have gone out of fashion; I don't think collectors use it any more.) Your gun is old and worn, but that does not make it a lemon, any more than a 1980 Toyota was a bad car just because it is worn out now.
A better nickname for your gun is an "Owlshead", because the owl's head on the grips was Iver Johnson's trademark for many years, and it became almost a generic name for them. IJ's heyday was from about 1880 to about 1940; for some reason they did not prosper during World War 2, and were unable to produce a really fresh, appealing line of guns after it. They limped along until about 1973, when whatever factory they had left was closed, although their name was put on various things thereafter.
Before WWII, they also made an extensive line of single-shot shotguns, and their bicycles (their full name was "Iver Johnson Arms & Cycle Works") were considered quite first-rate.
William Goforth, who was a very frequent poster here until his untimely death, wrote a book about Iver Johnson guns. I did not start posting here until after his death, but he is still greatly missed.