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Night Stand Pistol

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by William Frost, May 20, 2011.

  1. William Frost

    William Frost New Member

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    Just found Moms night stand pistol. I was wondering what it was worth. It's in excellent condition... doesn't look like it has been fired very much. The serial # is 56982... so what can you tell me about this little pistol?
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  2. hrf

    hrf Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum, and thanks for the excellent photos. The "real" serial number will be on the grip frame hidden by the left grip panel, and will probably have a letter prefix. Also need to know caliber; looks like a 5-shot .32 or .38? It's an early black powder gun, as the owl's head was changed to vertical when changes were made for smokeless powder in 1909.
  3. William Frost

    William Frost New Member

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    Thanks for the info. Can I buy modern ammo for this pistol? Any idea what the ballpark value could be?
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    hrf Well-Known Member

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    We still need caliber and the serial number from under grip to confirm what you have. Although they look original, it's always possible the grips are replacements. And while grips are off, note if mainspring is a flat or coil type.

    If it's a black powder gun, current ammo would not likely blow it up, but would soon loosen the lockup.

    Value in that nice condition maybe $200+
  5. Joel Lehman

    Joel Lehman New Member

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    With those owl had grips, I'd say it is an Iver Johnson. My brother has our great grandmother's revolver that looks like the photo, but in poorer condition. It is chambered for 38 S&W.
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    fuzebox40 Active Member

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    Beautiful, don't see to many in that nice of shape. Definately a IJ Second Model .32.
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    its a very nice looking piece..
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    Any if those including the one I have look as though they have been beat to hell and back. Very nice looking gun.
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    Jim Hauff New Member

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    ditto, with the above. Not many of those old pieces have survived in that kind of condition.
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