Re: Iver Johnson 5 shot
before answering this question about what this revolver is let me talk about iver johnson grips. there are two models, first and second (and two frame sizes), that use the same grip but there is a difference between hammer and hammerless versions. this is also true of the third model. also there is a difference in the solid frame model 1900 and there are three frame sizes for this model. to summarize this, there are a total of four grips for the first and second model, two frame sizes and two versions hammerless and hammer, and the same number for the third model. for the solid frame model 1900 there are three sizes. all of these use the simular but not the same owl's head grip. add to this is the fact that all grips are hand fitted to their original gun and may or may not fit exactly another gun, finding the right grip may not be easy.
now for the gun in question. the G letter code was used only on the small frame 32 hammer model between 1915 and 1926. small frame third model 32 S&W safety automatic hammer model serial number G 12969 was manufactured in 1915, there were 17,300 made that year.
THIRD MODEL SAFETY AUTOMATIC HAMMER REVOLVER
(Smokeless Powder Cartridges)--------------------1909-1941
LARGE FRAME AND SMALL FRAME VERSIONS USES HAMMER THE HAMMER ACTION: Double top post barrel latch with Hammer the Hammer action. This model redesigned to be strong enough for smokeless powder. All coil springs, hard rubber grip panels with Owls head at top, optional oversize grips of hard rubber or wood were offered. Two frame sizes, four calibers, Standard barrel length: small frame 3 inches, large frame 3 ¼ inches. Calibers: small frame .22 rimfire 7 rounds cylinder capacity, .32 centerfire 5 rounds cylinder capacity, large frame .32 Special centerfire with 6 rounds cylinder capacity, .38 centerfire with 5 rounds cylinder capacity; Weight: small frame .22 rimfire with 3 inch barrel 13 ounces, .32 centerfire with 3 inch barrel 13 ½ ounces, large frame with 3 ¼ inch barrel .32 Special 19 ounces, .38 centerfire with 3 ¼ inch barrel 18 ¼ inches; Height: small frame 3 ¾ inches, large frame 3 7/8 inches; Frame length: small frame 4 3/16 inches, large frame 5 inches; Overall length: small frame with 3 inch barrel 6 3/8 inches, large frame with 3 ¼ inch barrel 7 3/8 inches. Main serial number location on left side of grip frame grips must be removed to see. The Third Model features a double top post barrel latch, coil hammer spring and four cross pins in the lower frame.
VALUE: 100%=$250 60%=$115