1. phhartmann@msn.com

    phhartmann@msn.com New Member

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    I inherited an Iver Johnson .32 ca. revolver pistol. The only engravings on the barrel read as follows:
    *Iver Johnson Arms and Cycle Works*
    Fitchburg, Mass. U.S.A.

    On the ouside of the trigger guard reads: 82602 (or B2602??)

    There are no other readable engravings (no caiber, nothing); however, there is some unreadable engraving on the butt, but is too worn to decipher.

    The pistol has a break top latch; is blue; double action, 4" barrel; black handle grips with "owl" emblem on top of grip. V. good condition.

    Along with the gun, I received a box of .32 cal short COLT ammo. I have fired five rounds only to have all five of the brass split.

    Questions: 1. what ammo is appropriate?; 2. how old is it?, and 3. what's your best estimate of value?

    Thanks. Any other info would be appreciated
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    hrf Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum.

    To determine the model you have and when made, remove the grips and there should be a serial number on left grip frame with a letter prefix.

    (When you remove the grips, note if the mainspring is a flat or coil type)

    The correct ammo is the .32 S&W cartridge, which has a slightly larger diameter diameter than the .32 Short Colt and that's why they split.

    Value will depend on condition and you'll need to post clear photos.
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  3. phhartmann@msn.com

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    hrf: the serial # is G 82602 and has a coil mainspring.
    Can you give me anymore info.?

    Thanks.
    Paul
  4. phhartmann@msn.com

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    hrf: The serial # is G 82602 and the mainspring is a coil.

    Can you give me any other info.?

    Thanks
    Paul
  5. hrf

    hrf Well-Known Member

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    Made in 1923.

    Added note re ammo: It will also chamber and fire .32 Auto/.32ACP, but don't do so as the .32 Auto creates much greater pressure than .32 S&W.
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    ANY IDEA WHAT THE MODEL # IS?

    I have one full box and another half full box of the .32 SHORT COLT ammo, still with $3.85 price on the boxes. Any idea what they're worth?

    THANKS, HRL.
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  7. hrf

    hrf Well-Known Member

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    It's a small frame Third Model (model numbers were not then used)

    Someone who needs .32 Short Colt ammo would probably pay more than the seven cents a round, but it's not particularly valuable.
    You would need to sell it locally as cost of shipping would exceed its value. Someone at a gun show might swap .32 S&W for it.
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