5 years ago I had a pistol given to me, however it was in a case that the person made. I don't know why they gave it to me, but I had it hanging on my wall ever since.
So i was sitting here today and was wondering what kind of gun it was since it looked pretty good I figured I might use it around in the woods.
Well I took it out of the wooden enclosure and was looking at it. I noticed on the top of the gone some very fine writing. I looked at it and found the following lines:
Iver Johnson's arms and cycle works Fitchburg Mass U.S.A
Pat'd APR 6 86 FEB 15 87 MAY 10 87 MAR 13 88 AUG 25 96. Pat's Pending.
So I did some research and found some info on it. It appears to be a 2 Gen. but I am not sure since it looks to be in great condition.
The serial number is in the following format: D42XXX
Can someone tell me around the time it was made?
Do they make remakes of this gun that start with such a low serial number? I find it extremely hard to believe that this gun is that old, as the condition of the gun is great, and does not even look like it has been fired before. The only thing that looks old are the grips, they look like they used to be pearl, but have turned yellowish brown over time. The barrel measures 3.25" instead of the standard 3".
They say if the serial number starts with a F then it is not pre 1899, however mine starts with a D so does that make it pre 1899.
Here is a link to my pictures: Click here
Any help would be appreciated, I would really like to know if this gun is pre 1899 as that would make it a antique by law.