Resurrecting an old thread.
A friend from church wanted me to tell her about the Iver Johnson .32 shown here.
The serial number on the trigger guard is 20919, but on the frame under the grip it has a prefix of "1" or possible an "L". The little gun is in remarkably good shape. The picture shows its "bad" side, but even though the bluing is thin, it is not rusted or pitted. It retains at least 90% of its original finish. The bore is clean and bright. The grips are in excellent condition with no appreciable wear or voids. The NRA's National Firearms Museum features a twin of this gun which appears to be not nearly as clean (http://nramuseum.org/umbraco/ImageGe...ss=FlashViewer
Can anyone tell me more about this gun? While Smith & Wesson and Colt revolvers are documented in exquisite detail, the humble little IJ revolvers receive only passing notice. So far I have not been able to determine even what century this piece hails from -- I've found one web reference that says there are no reliable records, but that this gun was manufactured between 1909 and 1941.
Its collector value is limited, but I have to respect the little gun and its manufacturer. It's a niche piece that filled its place well. From the evidence of past rust, I suspect it sat in somebody's desk drawer against the day that a threatening character walked through the door. If that day ever came, it would have served well.