Iver Johnson 32 break top?????
I just got an beat-up, but whole and functioning, Iver Johnson pistol. The top strap is marked, "*IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS
FITCHBURG, MASS. U.S.A.*"
The wooden grip is a single round with flat bottom and fastened to the frame with a single screw through the bottom.
The serial number A (or H) 44007 is stamped on the forward left of the grip frame, it would be covered by the grip. The number 44007 is stamped on the trigger guard.
There are no other markings on the gun that I have found.
The cylinder is removed by turning to a slot in the retaining ring at the front of the cylinder.
The hammer spring is a captured coil over rod.
It is chambered for six rounds, and a 32 S&W long round fits well. I have not yet fired it, but it appears it will be safe to fire, although I will probably buy a set of dies and hand load some very mild plinking loads for it.
Oh, yeah, the rifling is intact but a bit rough--someone forgot to clean this gun, or they were shooting loose screws through it!!
Basically, I just want a bit of information about this gun--unless it is really unusual I'll play with it for a bit, then throw it in a cabinet and forget it most of the time.
thanks for any help,