Need Help Identifying this US Revolver Co Breaktop

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by dogspit, Nov 27, 2008.

  1. dogspit

    dogspit New Member

    Oct 27, 2008
    Happy Thanksgiving

    I need help identifying this US Revolver Co pistol

    Has black Us Revolver Grips. Number under the left grip is b86987? or d86987

    5 shot seems to be 32 calibur. has b86987 on trigger guard

    Would like to know date value and if it could be shot today? Also what type and size ammo.

    Thanks, see pics


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    US Revolver Co. Hammerless

    US Revolver Co., Double Action, 5 Shot Hammerless Revolver in .32 S&W Short caliber. This is a trade name for an Iver Johnson Cycle Works gun from about 1900 period. It is a top break, auto ejector, concealed hammer revolver with nickel plating - about 90% remaining, the rest is polished metal. The trigger guard and T-Bar latch are blued, trigger is case colored. The 3" round barrel has integral rib with half round front sight and with the rounded butt this was called and used as a pocket pistol. The grips are checkered hard rubber with "US (in Circle)" logo and they are excellent except crack in base of both. The bore and cylinders are fine, as is the action. The gun over all has a pleasing appearance but the nickel finish does have a peppery look. Serial # 123xx is offered at $165.00 ... BUY NOW FFL Required Arms and Armor.html

  3. younggun28

    younggun28 New Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    dont know much about revolvers more of a shot gun guy but that looks cool :)
  4. younggun28

    younggun28 New Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    it looks more like .38's Smith & Wesson/Iver Johnson
  5. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

    Dec 30, 2003
    houston, tx
    the B letter code was used on the small frame U.S. Revolver Co. 32 caliber hammerless revolvers between 1917 and 1923 but the factory serial numbers only go to B41900. can you funish a better picture of the serial number and the markings on the top of the barrel rib. also it is unusual for the trigger guard serial number to have the letter code, a picture of that would be helpful. these revolvers also had a serial number stamped on the bottom of the top strap (remove cylinder to see). what is that number? is your determination of this being a u.s. revolver co. handgun based on the grips alone.

    the u.s. revolver co. small frame 32 caliber manufactured 1910-1935 used a frame identical to the iver johnson safety automatic hammerless revolver second model manufactured between 1897 and 1908. the small frame safety automatic hammerless revolver second model also used the B letter code between 1897 and 1902.

  6. Iced

    Iced New Member

    Dec 1, 2008
    I recently received this from a family member and would like to find out how old it is and any other information that is available. It has "US REVOLVER CO" on the top of the barrel and US on the hand grips. There is a number on the bottom of the trigger guard, 8919 and the same number on the left side of the frame under the grips. The gun looks as though it has never been used. Please see pics:


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  7. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

    Dec 30, 2003
    houston, tx
    this revolver small frame 32 S&W caliber u.s. revolver co. automatic (top break) serial number 8919 was manufactured in 1910 (about 14,250 manufactured that year).

    U.S. REVOLVER CO. AUTOMATIC HAMMER--------------------------------1910-1935
    LARGE FRAME AND SMALL FRAME DOES NOT HAVE HAMMER THE HAMMER ACTION; This is a Brand name revolver manufactured by Iver Johnson’s Arms & Cycle Works to be sold through the wholesale trade. It was never listed in any Iver Johnson’s Arms & Cycle Works catalog, although it was listed in some European catalogs as original Iver Johnson products. Does not have Hammer the Hammer action and relies on a safety notch on the hammer. Hard rubber grip panels with U S at the top, large oversize two piece hard rubber grips were optional. Two frame sizes and three calibers were offered. Standard barrel length: small frame 3 inches, large frame 3 ¼ inches; Calibers: large frame 38 centerfire with 5 rounds cylinder capacity, small frame .32 centerfire with 5 rounds cylinder capacity, .22 rimfire with 7 rounds cylinder capacity Weight: small frame .22 rimfire 12 ounces, small frame .32 centerfire 12 ½ ounces, large frame .38 centerfire 17 ¾ 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 inches 7 3/8 inches. Main serial number location on left side of grip frame grips must be removed to see.
    VALUE: 100%=$225 60%=$105
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2008
  8. jet

    jet New Member

    Mar 3, 2011
    I have a US Revolver Co. pistol with #1624(9)? on the left grip bottom. It no longer has grips and appears to be 32 caliber? What value do you think and who restores this type of weapon?
  9. Jim Hauff

    Jim Hauff New Member

    Apr 20, 2008
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    Welcome to the forum. Value of your item, in described condition is probably around $65 to $100. Restoration done by someone who charges for that service, likely would be more costly than 6 to 10 similar guns. Seek out a local gunsmith for his opinion - balk at having work done if he mentions anything over $100 as an "estimate." Good luck.
  10. ermatt

    ermatt New Member

    May 21, 2011
    Hello all! I am new to this website. Basically my story is this. I was helping to clean out my grand-mother's house and I found a gun just like this in her attic in a box. Who knows how long it was up there but it appears to be in near perfect condition, not a spot of rust and it is still shiny! So how do I identify this gun and wondering its value, although now that I have it I want to keep handing it down. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  11. hrf

    hrf Well-Known Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    There are several different guns shown and described in this thread, so impossible to know which one you mean. It would be better for you to start a new thread, but first read the "sticky" at top of this board:
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