Another Iver Johnson/US revolver question

Discussion in 'Technical Questions & Information' started by ssDOM, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. ssDOM

    ssDOM New Member

    Jun 25, 2012

    I have learned a lot about Iver Johnson and their US Revolver Co. makes, but I still need to get a closer date range of when my US revolver co. top breaks were made. Hopefully they are made in the later run of the US Revolver Co. name so i can use modern cartridges. The two I have seem to have the same moving parts as the IJ model 2s which i hope these USs are not made of the model 2 leftovers like some of the earlier ones were made of. These have been checked out by my local gun smith who has been in the biz for 40 years and was deemed ok to shoot.

    I have a .38 larger frame of the two and appears to be around a 3 in barrel.
    SN 6833 no prefix


    .32 smaller frame of the two with 3 in barrel.
    SN 44127 no prefix

    This is a picture of the .32

    I don't plan to shoot these that much, just maybe five rounds when I go to the range which is once a month. These are heir looms and if SHTF I may use these as a last resort.
  2. RJay

    RJay Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2004
    Goodyear, Arizona
    .32 S&W, SN 44127, no pre-fix, medium frame -1915, 10,000 made that year
    .38 S&W SN 6833, no pre-fix, large frame - 1911, 10,000 made that year.
    Iver Johnson went to a stronger smokeless frame in 1909 so I believe both revolvers are safe to shoot. Where they made from new parts or leftover parts, sorry don't have the foggiest. Sorry about that.

  3. ssDOM

    ssDOM New Member

    Jun 25, 2012
    thank you for the information Rjay! This is very helpful and considering more about buying modern rounds. i will look more into the whole left over parts bit.
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2012
  4. fuzebox40

    fuzebox40 Active Member

    Mar 29, 2010
    Apple Valley, Ca.
    You wont be able to ascertain as to whether a part was made during assembly of the weapons or prior to that because they continued building the weapon in the same fashion. For example that flat mainspring on your US Revolver was discontinued on the I.J. brand in 1909 with the 3rd model. I have a set of these myself which I have fired on 2 or 3 occasions just to try them out breifly but I keep them as mainly just as part of my collection. The same goes for all my Iver Johnson weapons. Why wear it out if it isn't allready or risk having a part break that may be hard to find a replacement.
    If you're prepared to shoot someone to defend your castle then these should not be your 1st or last resort unless they are all you have, IMO.
  5. ssDOM

    ssDOM New Member

    Jun 25, 2012
    Fuzebox, good bit of info. Mostly just to shoot a few times at the range and if SHTF as in i do not have access to my main handgun, which i doubt i will ever have to use this in such a situation.
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