Iver Johnson Arms & Cycle Works 4" barrel

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  1. edrolee

    edrolee New Member

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    my father passes earlier this week and he had Iver Johnson break top revolver that no one even knew he had

    blue finnish
    walnut grips
    5 shot cylinder
    4 inch barrel
    s/n H96201

    it was in a pistol belt with Western brand .38 Short Colt ammunition

    is this the correct ammunition?
    is this firearm constructed for modern smokless ammo?

    the cylinder seems tight and the revolver over all is in good condition

    BTW this is a hammered version

    thank you very much in advance for nay help
  2. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

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    the H letter code was used a couple of time on the safety automatic revolver. the first was in 1903 on a small fame 32 S&W hammerless model. the other was between 1918 and 1946 on the third model large frame 38 S&W hammer. this should be the model you have. third model large frame 38 S&W safety automatic hammer revolver serial number H 96201 was manufactured in 1946 is and is one of the several thousand manufactured after wwII. the walnut grips were called "western walnut" and were a factory option found on most of the post wwII models. the ammo found with the gun is the correct ammo for it and it is safe for smokeless loads.

    THIRD MODEL SAFETY AUTOMATIC HAMMER REVOLVER
    (Smokeless Powder Cartridges)--------------------1909-1946
    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
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2010
  3. edrolee

    edrolee New Member

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    thank you very much for your help
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