Info - Iver Johnson pistol

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by odell, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. odell

    odell New Member

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    I would like info on a nickel finish, small frame pistol, 5 shot, .32 cal, top break (double post). It has a 3" barrel, marking on the top of the barrel is "Iver Johnson Arms and Cycle Works, Fitchburg Mass." Black grips with an owl head looking down & back towards the butt. Coiled hammer springs. Serial # under the grips is “J50xx“, with “50xx” on bottom of trigger guard. Two lines on bottom of butt (only worn part of pistol) read “Pat ----” and “Pat ----”. Everything seems in good working order and alignment, except kinda large cylinder gap and the stiffest trigger action I have ever have seen. I have not had the nerve to fire it yet, but wonder if it is safe. Thanks in advance.
  2. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

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    this is a small frame 32 S&W caliber third model safety automatic hammer revolver. serial number J50XX was manufactured in 1927 (serial numbers J01 thur J5200). there were 5,200 of this smodel manufactured that year.

    all third model are safe with modern ammo as long as there are no mechanical problems;

    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

    bill
  3. odell

    odell New Member

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    Thanks for the info, b.goforth. I have cleaned and oiled it several times, the action is a little smoother but it looks like grandpa's gun will just hang on the wall.
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