Wanted: info on iver johnson .32 pistol

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by WVUMike, Aug 14, 2005.

  1. WVUMike

    WVUMike New Member

    Aug 14, 2005
    I have inherited a pistol with the inscription:

    PATD APRIL 6 86, FEB 15 87, MAY 10 87, DEC 26 93, PATS PENDING

    Serial number on butt of gun: A19816

    It has owls on each side of the grips facing toward the barrel; approx. 5" barrel; 5 shot; assume it is .32 caliber because there were western .32 S&W bullets in the cylinder

    I would like any info you can provide on this pistol. Thanks


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  2. inplanotx

    inplanotx Active Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    Welcome to TFF. I have resized your photo's for the enjoyment of the members here that use a dial up connection. Someone will be along shortly to help you in this matter.

  3. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

    Feb 23, 2001
    Minn-eeee-sota, ya, sure, you bet!
    Hi Mike........welcome to TFF! :)

    What you have is a Iver Johnson Safety Automatic Double-Action Revolver.

    They were made in .22 RF, .32 (S&W)CF, and .38 (S&W)CF. It's a double action revolver and was produced in a variety of barrel lengths, with or without exposed hammers, blued or nickle plated. Many, many thousands of these were made between 1893 and 1950.

    They were a pretty inexpensive revolver......in 1902, Sears Roebuck had them listed in their catalog at $3.10.

    Value now:

    V.G. - $170
    Good - $120
    Fair - $95
    Poor - $65
  4. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

    Dec 30, 2003
    houston, tx
    your revolver is a small frame first model safety automatic hammer revolver. first model were manufactured between 1894 and 1896 and manufactured for black powder cartridge pressures. your revolver serial number A19816 was manufactured in 1896. there were 50,000 manufactured that year and a total of 250,000 small frame hammer models manufactured between 1894 and 1896.

    standard finish was nickel and standard barrel length (for small frame) was 3 inch. as per 1896 catalog longer barrel available for $0.50 extra per inch. you are correct to assume it is a 32 S&W caliber.

    the safety automatic revolver was manufactured between 1894 and 1941 in three models, first model 1894-1896, second model 1896-1908 and third model 1909-1941. only the third models are considered safe with modern ammo. the safety automatic (hammer & hammerless) revolver was iver johnson's arms & cycle works most popular model. it featured the "hammer the hammer" action patented in august 25, 1896 (all safety automatic revolvers manufactured after 1897 will carry that date).
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