looking for info on my Iver Johnson revolver

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  1. phighball

    phighball New Member

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    IMG_0071.jpg I have a Iver Johnson revolver sn H55768 six shot with 6" barrel. Has a wooden grip and stenciled on the top of the barrel IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS* *FITCHBURG, MASS USA * I'm using 32 cal. ammo. It has a double action trigger. Under the trigger guard sn 555768 is stenciled, and under the wooden grips on the metal pistol grips is stenciled H55768. Pictures are attached
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    hrf Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum.

    You have a large frame third model made in 1923, with the optional "western walnut" grip.

    Correct ammo is the .32 S&W Long cartridge, and do not use .32 ACP/.32 Auto which will also chamber and fire but generates excess pressure for these guns.

    The six shot .32 version was advertised by I.J. as the ".32 Special."
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  3. Lanrezac

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    hrf, phighball said that he was using 32 caliber ammo. Does that conflict with the serial number, or change the date of manufacture?

    From what I can see about the cylinder, it looks like a six-shot revolver. If it is a 32, would it be able to handle 32 S&W Long?
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    hrf Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, I missed that and have edited my reply.
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    Thank you for the info. I was shooting 32 auto AP, and it did make me nervous....I was also wondering what it is worth. I had bought it from a pawn shop in 1999 for $65.00.I will wait for a reply before purchasing the 32 s&w long.
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    .32 Auto will probably not cause a catastrophic failure, but is likely to loosen the lockup sooner.

    There were a lot of early 1900s European revolvers actually chambered and marked for 7.65mm (.32 ACP) but of the solid frame type.

    My WAG of value as a .32 S&W Long caliber shooter with the long barrel and target grip is $200 or more.
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    But on the other hand, $65 for a working revolver that uses obtainable modern ammunition was a bargain. 32 Long is a very pleasant cartridge to shoot, and should be noticeably more accurate than 32 Auto. It is not as easy to find, though.

    If the price is the same, I would suggest getting "wadcutter" ammunition; it looks funny (it uses a cylindrical bullet seated down inside the brass), but is more useful for just about anything you might use a 32 Long for. Ordinary round-nose-lead ammunition is often cheaper though. There is no difference between them in bullet weight or velocity, just bullet shape.

    As hrf said, 32 Auto is a bad idea, although at least your gun was better able to take it than the more common small size 5-shot 32 S&W "short" revolvers.
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