US Revolver Co ? value and manufact. date

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by cnuker, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. cnuker

    cnuker New Member

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    Jul 24, 2011
    I have a US Revolver Co pistol. It has -U.S. REVOLVER Co.- and -MADE IN U.S.A- stamped on top of barrel. It's a break open action w/ 5 shot cylinder ?32cal. The barrel measures 3". The serial number on trigger guard is 11808. The number under the handle is B 11808. It has the U.S. circled on both sides of the grip.

    Any info would be of great help. Thank you, Chris
     
  2. hrf

    hrf Well-Known Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Welcome to the forum.

    Your U. S. revolver should be a small frame hammerless model made in 1920 for .32 S&W smokeless powder cartridges. Value depends upon condition, probably in $100-$150 range.
     

  3. cnuker

    cnuker New Member

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    Jul 24, 2011
    Thanks for the info.

    Chris
     
  4. frankl46

    frankl46 New Member

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    Oct 7, 2012
    I just purchased a U. S. Revolver Co. pistol at an auction. It holds five (5) rounds, has a hammer, a short barrel and matching serial numbers on the trigger guard and the butt (under the grips). The serial number is 17786. Perhaps someone can answer a few questions. 1.) The pistol does not have grips. Where could I purchase grips? 2.) The caliber is not identified but the barrel diameter appears to be .32. Other than inserting various caliber casings, is there any way to determine the caliber? 3.) Any idea as to the approximate value of the pistol? Finally, 4.) Is it safe to use modern ammunition? Thank you for your assistance.
     
  5. hrf

    hrf Well-Known Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Welcome to TFF.

    Whether a .32 or .38, it was made in 1911, and all of Iver Johnson's U. S. Revolver Co. guns were made for modern smokeless powder ammo.

    The chambers of a .32 will measure about 5/16" diameter, a .38 about 3/8"

    Correct .32 ammo is .32 S&W. Do not use .32 ACP, which will also chamber.

    You can order grips here, but they will cost about a third of what your gun is probably worth, and will not significally increase the value of it (measure to be sure they are right size):

    http://vintagegungrips.net/ao-u14.html
     
  6. WHSmithIV

    WHSmithIV Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2012
    Moore, Idaho
    Don't know if I'd go as far as to figure it's worth 100-150. Bought mine for $38. Works and shoots fine and has a serial no. indicating early 1930's manufacture.
     
  7. jasonnosaj

    jasonnosaj New Member

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    Oct 25, 2012
    Hello, new member with a question. I just bought a US revolver co. .32 break open, 5 shot, sounds just like the revolver described at the top of this thread. I would like to know the year of manufacture and what kind of ammo to use (black power? smokeless?). Serial number under the grip is A28408, number under triger guard is 28408. Before realizing how old it is, I (and the guy I bought it from) fired a few rounds & it works perfectly. Other than worn plating, it is in vary good shape.
     
  8. hrf

    hrf Well-Known Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Made in 1920. All of Iver Johnson's U. S. Revolver Co. guns were made for modern smokeless powder ammo.

    Correct ammo is .32 S&W (the short one, not .32 S&W Long)
     
  9. Delta Force

    Delta Force New Member

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    Jan 4, 2014
    5 shot serial # on handle E 21275 serial # under trigger is 21275 please help me find out how old it is thx :)
     
  10. RJay

    RJay Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2004
    Goodyear, Arizona
    Iver Johnson used the serial numbers E17801 thru E27900 in 1925 on the small frame ( solid frame ) .32 US Revolver. So 1925 and it should be safe for modern .32 S&W ammo..:)
     
  11. Jim Petruzella

    Jim Petruzella New Member

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    Jul 31, 2014
    My US revolver has the serial #63271, any help??
     
  12. hrf

    hrf Well-Known Member

    Apr 1, 2008
  13. everet

    everet New Member

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    Aug 7, 2014
    i got one it is a .32 SHORT not regular .32
     
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