Old Iver Johnsons Arms and Cycleworks Hammerless Revolver

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  1. bubway

    bubway New Member

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    Hello, I am new to the Fourm.

    My question:

    I have just purchased (and was researching when I located this Fourm) an Iver Johnsons Hammerless Revolver.

    It reads
    (top of barrel) Iver Johnson's Arms and Cycle Works, Fitchsburg, Mass U.S.A. / patd Apr, 6 86, Feb, 15 87, May, 10 87, Dec, 26 93 Pats Pending

    (bottom of handle) B 20795 (no Numbers under grips)

    The Barrel is 3 in.

    Seems to be small Frame

    It seams to me(threw Info found on this site) it is a Small Frame Hammerless .32, 5 shot, Revolver.

    Can you please let me know if this is correct and appx. age and value. Also is it safe to shoot?

    Thanks
    Bubway

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  2. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

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    the B letter code on the bottom of the butt and the four patent dates indicates this is a first model small frame 32 S&W caliber safety automatic hammerless revolver manufactured in 1896.

    FIRST MODEL SAFETY AUTOMATIC HAMMERLESS REVOLVER
    (Black Powder Cartridges)--------------------1894-1896
    LARGE FRAME AND SMALL FRAME VERSIONS USES HAMMER THE HAMMER ACTION: Single Top Post Barrel latch, finish, grip panels same as hammer model. Two frame sizes three calibers. Calibers: small frame .22 rimfire with 7 rounds cylinder capacity, .32 centerfire with 5 rounds cylinder capacity, large frame .38 centerfire with 5 rounds cylinder capacity; Standard barrel length same as hammer model; Weight: small frame with 3 inch barrel .22 rimfire 12 ½ ounces, .32 centerfire 13 ½ ounces, large frame with 3 ¼ inch barrel 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 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 First Model features a single top post barrel latch (release lever mounted on left side of top strap) and flat leaf hammer spring.
    VALUE: 100%=$300 60%=$155
    bill
  3. bubway

    bubway New Member

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    Ok, Thanks for the GREAT INFO :)
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