Iver Johnson 32 Cal

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by kansascityjeff, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. kansascityjeff

    kansascityjeff New Member

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    Aug 7, 2013
    I have a 32 cal Iver Johnson that i inherited from my wifes grandfather. I know there not worth much but I am interested in any info regarding the gun. Like year it was made, what generation it is ect.

    Looks to be a hammerless ,double post top breach, saftey mechinsim built into the trigger. Serial number under the grip D 79926....im assuming patent numbers what i could read anyway april 6 86 feb 15 87 March 13-88 - August 25 **

    From what ive read it looks like 2nd generation black powder cartrige revolver. If thats correct is that kind of ammo even obtainable?
     
  2. desi23

    desi23 Member

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    Feb 7, 2011
    ohio
    Bill Goforth's book on IJ lists large frame 38 hammerless revolvers with a D prefix in the second series. These would have the trigger safety and a D79926 would fall into either 1899 or 1902 depending on a change in the frame. The earlier version has the hammer shroud as a separate piece, the later has the frame solid up to the top. Are you sure the revolver is a 32? Bill doesn't list a D prefix on the 32, only on the 38's.
     

  3. kansascityjeff

    kansascityjeff New Member

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    Aug 7, 2013
    I am by no means a expert, I probably dont even rank as a novice but the bore looks too small to be a 38. But if your saying the serial number corresponds with a 38 i guess it has to be. It does look like one solid piece all the way up. so probably a later version of the second series. Second series is still black powder though right ?
     
  4. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2001
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  5. kansascityjeff

    kansascityjeff New Member

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    Aug 7, 2013
    My appologies Shooter. I thought i described the item pretty well. My question originally was not about the caliber.

    One of the photos I put a ball point pen in the end of the barrel to give you a idea how big the bore is. It moves up and down freely but not a lot of room to spare.
     

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