Wifes grandfathers revolver

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  1. shelby1941

    shelby1941 New Member

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    Just came into my posession and any info would be interesting. It has a 5 shot cylinder in .38 S&W caliber with a 6 inch bbl. Top rib reads Iver Johnsons arms & cycle work and the Fitchburg address. Patent dates are 4-6-86--2-15-87--5-11-87--8-25-96--I think these dates are correct but some numbers are very faint. No markings on either side of bbl. Number beneath left grip panel is G90838 with 90838 also on bottom of top strap above cylinder. Hope this is enough info. Thanks in advance.
    Shelby Chastain
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    b.goforth New Member

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    these three patent dates were used on the large frame 38 S&W second model in 1897-1899 and the G letter code was used on this model in 1898 and 1899. G 90838 was manufactured in 1899.

    SECOND MODEL SAFETY AUTOMATIC HAMMER REVOLVER
    (Black Powder Cartridges)------------1896-1908
    LARGE FRAME AND SMALL FRAME VERSIONS USES HAMMER THE HAMMER ACTION: Double top post barrel latch, nickel finish standard, blue optional, hard rubber grip panels with Owls head at top. Hammer the Hammer action, two frame sizes, and three calibers. Standard barrel length: small frame 3 inches, large frame 3 ¼ inches; Calibers: small frame .22 rimfire 7 rounds cylinder capacity, .32 centerfire 5 rounds cylinder capacity, large frame .38 centerfire 5 rounds cylinder capacity; Weight: small frame with 3 inch barrel .22 rimfire 12 ounces, .32 centerfire 12 ¼ ounces, large frame with 3 ¼ inch barrel 17¼ ounces; Frame height: small frame 3 ¼ inches, large frame 3 7/8 inches; Frame length: small frame 4 3/26 inches, large frame 5 inches; Overall length: small frame with 3 inch barrel 6 3/8 inches, large frame with 3 ¼ inch barrel 7 3/8 inches. Only difference between the first and second model is the barrel latch. Main serial number location on left side of grip frame grips must be removed to see. The Second Model features a double top post barrel latch, flat leaf hammer spring and two cross pins in the lower frame.
    VALUE: 100%=$275 60%=$135
    For revolvers equipped with Bourne Knuckleduster add 100%
    bill
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