Re: Iver Johnson 32 Purple Gang Gun?
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The patent dates marking you list were used 1894-1896, which indicates you have an antique small frame first or second model. The first date should actually be Apr 6 86 and the last one Dec 26 93.
As hammerslagger states, check the serial no. under left grip and see if it has a letter prefix.
Also, does it have a single post top latch, or the more common double post at top of frame?
EDIT: I see you answered my questions while I was typing, and you have a first model made in 1894, the first year of production.
Note that it's a black powder gun and should not be fired with smokeless ammo.
Last edited by hrf; 04-26-2012 at 05:35 PM..