Iver Johnson 5 shot nickel hammerless

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  1. leehogan

    leehogan New Member

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    I am not into guns - I inherited this one about 40 years ago.
    It is an Iver Johnson 5 shot nickel hammerless bearing a Serial Number of B668. Any ideas on age or value?

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  2. WHSmithIV

    WHSmithIV Well-Known Member

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    They generally don't go for much and the price really does depend on condition. Photos help. I paid $38 for mine a few weeks ago and it was made in 1930 for smokeless ammo. B668 would be an earlier black powder pistol. Do not fire it with smokeless ammo. There are patent dates on the pistol and whatever is the last patent date stamped puts you in the ballpark of when it was made. Depending on condition you could probably get a bit over $100 in really decent condition.

    Did some checking - serial no. B668 would have been made in 1898.
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  3. leehogan

    leehogan New Member

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    Thanks for the info.
    I have no intention of firing it!
    Have posted some pictures.
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    WHSmithIV Well-Known Member

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    Actually, it's in quite nice condition. I suspect that if you sold it you'd might get around $150. There are quite a few available which is why the price isn't higher. As for firing it - if you find some black powder rounds I suspect that it would fire just fine :)
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    leehogan, your photos raise some questions:

    A black power model made in 1898 should have a safety lever in the trigger, and front of trigger guard should be retained by a screw and not a cross pin. According to the book, these changes were not made until the change to smokeless powder in 1909. And the B serial number prefix was used again 1909-1918.

    The type of mainspring will determine which it is:

    If a flat spring, it's a black powder model made before 1909,
    and if grips are original, the owl on grips facing toward the barrel indicates it is.

    But an adjustable coil mainspring means it's a smokeless powder gun made in 1909.
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    leehogan New Member

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    I have added another photo of the spring mechanism.
    Also the left side owl faces the trigger and the right side faces down the handle.
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    hrf Active Member

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    Yep, a 3rd model made in 1909. The left grip is a replacement.
  8. leehogan

    leehogan New Member

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    Thanks for your help.
    I appreciate your expertise.
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