2 Iver Johnsons T B revolvers

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  1. fuzebox40

    fuzebox40 Active Member

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    I just brought home 2 IJ's, one hammer, one hammerless. I'd like to learn the actual age and whatnot of these that I haven't deciphered after searching the other posts. I think they're small frames but I'm only assuming that because they appear noticeably smaller than my one other IJ large frame.

    The hammerless, SN B30209 at the 3 usual places (letter coded under grip).
    Pats on bottom of grip read June16.96 Aug25.96 T16.04Pats Pending (the T is at begining of second line and perhaps all that is letf visible from "Oct" ?).
    Top of barrel, Iver Johnsons Arms & Cycle Works Fitchburg Mass. U.S.A.
    No other markings that I see. .32 cal. 5 shot, 4" barrel, coil hmr spring.
    I think the rest is in the pics.

    The hammer one, with its markings in all the same places, SN P50526.
    Only 2 dates on the butt, Pat June16.96 Aug25.96 Pats Pending, (hard to read but I think is correct).
    Again name and address at top of barrel, no other markings.
    .32 cal. 5 shot, 4' barrel, flat hmr spring.

    Hope this is good info for help on these, thanks. Gonna try for 2 pics of each.

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  2. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

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    hammerless model is a third model serial number B 30209 manufactured in 1910, 32,300 manufactured that year. safe with modern ammo

    THIRD MODEL SAFETY AUTOMATIC HAMMERLESS 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, nickel finish standard blue optional. Two frame sizes, four calibers, hard rubber grip panels with Owls head at top, two piece oversize hard rubber and one piece wood grips optional. Redesigned for smokeless powder. Standard barrel length: small frame 3 inches, large frame 3 ¼ inches; Calibers: small frame .22 rimfire with 7 rounds cylinder capacity, .32 centerfire with 5 rounds cylinder capacity, large frame .32 Special with 6 rounds cylinder capacity, .38 centerfire with 5 rounds cylinder capacity; Weight: small frame .22 rimfire with 3 inch barrel 13 ½ ounces, .32 centerfire with 3 inch barrel 14 ounces, large frame .32 Special with 3 ¼ inch barrel 19 ¼ ounces, .38 centerfire with 3 ¼ inch barrel 19 ounces; 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%=$260 60%=$125

    the hammer revolver is a second model serial number P 50526 manufactured in 1906, not safe with modern ammo

    SECOND MODEL SAFETY AUTOMATIC HAMMER REVOLVER
    (Black Powder Cartridges)------------1896-1908
    LARGE FRAME AND SMALL FRAME VERSIONS USES HAMMER THE HAMMER ACTION: Double top post barrel latch, nickel finish standard, blue optional, hard rubber grip panels with Owls head at top. Hammer the Hammer action, two frame sizes, and three 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 .38 centerfire 5 rounds cylinder capacity; Weight: small frame with 3 inch barrel .22 rimfire 12 ounces, .32 centerfire 12 ¼ ounces, large frame with 3 ¼ inch barrel 17¼ ounces; Frame height: small frame 3 ¼ inches, large frame 3 7/8 inches; Frame length: small frame 4 3/26 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. Only difference between the first and second model is the barrel latch. Main serial number location on left side of grip frame grips must be removed to see. The Second Model features a double top post barrel latch, flat leaf hammer spring and two cross pins in the lower frame.
    VALUE: 100%=$275 60%=$135
    For revolvers equipped with Bourne Knuckleduster add 100%
    bill
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