Iver Johnson top break

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  1. Raging Bull

    Raging Bull New Member

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    I have a Iver Johnson pistol, 5 shot cylinder, top break. The serial number under grips left side is D 52358. Under trigger guard is 52358. Black grips have IJ in center where grip screw goes and owl looking straight out. Top of Barrel has Company Name and Address. Barrel length is 3 1/4" from front of cylinder to barrel end. I think is may be a 38 but want to be sure. Any information would be greatly appreciated.thanks
    Raging Bull
  2. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

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    the D letter code was used on both the second and third model safety automatic hammerless revolvers. however it was only used on the third model after 1904 (the year the bottom of the trigger guard serial number location was added). third model safety automatic hammerless revolver serial number D52358 was manufactured in 1912, there were 3,900 of this model manufactured that year.

    THIRD MODEL SAFETY AUTOMATIC HAMMERLESS 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, nickel finish standard blue optional. Two frame sizes, four calibers, hard rubber grip panels with Owls head at top, two piece oversize hard rubber and one piece wood grips optional. Redesigned for smokeless powder. Standard barrel length: small frame 3 inches, large frame 3 ¼ inches; Calibers: small frame .22 rimfire with 7 rounds cylinder capacity, .32 centerfire with 5 rounds cylinder capacity, large frame .32 Special with 6 rounds cylinder capacity, .38 centerfire with 5 rounds cylinder capacity; Weight: small frame .22 rimfire with 3 inch barrel 13 ½ ounces, .32 centerfire with 3 inch barrel 14 ounces, large frame .32 Special with 3 ¼ inch barrel 19 ¼ ounces, .38 centerfire with 3 ¼ inch barrel 19 ounces; 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%=$260 60%=$125

    bill
  3. Raging Bull

    Raging Bull New Member

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    Bill Thanks for all the information. It is greatly appreciated.
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