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Hello,

I am new here and recently picked up an Iver Johnson .32 hammerless revolver. The internet said this is the best place to have someone look it up.

I am less worried about the resale value, and more concerned with if I need black powder rounds or if I can shoot standard .32 S&W Shorts.

The outside looks like it was either previously nickel or blued but some one sanded it off. So that's not much help. It is five shot and definitely .32. I had a couple casings lying around and they fit perfectly. But I looked under the left grip and found the serial number b47956. Also it has a coil spring instead of a leaf spring, and the top-break is the one where you pull both sides of the rear site up and it opens. On the top it says "Iver Johnson's Arms & Cycleworks --Fitchburg, Mass U.S.A.--"

on the bottom it says "PAT AUG 25 9(and the last number is unreadable) PAT PENDIN(last letter is unreadable, but probably a G)
Mechanically it sounds great. Has a nice snap on the trigger pull. I've already cleaned it up quite a bit inside, the last thing is I just need to know if I need old or new bullets for it.

Attached is a bunch of pictures. Please let me know if you have any questions
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You have an Iver Johnson 3rd Model 1st Variation Safety Hammerless Automatic Revolver made in 1911. It is chambered in .32 S&W and is considered a smokeless frame. It should be safe for modern smokeless ammunition after you have it checked out by a competent gunsmith.

It looks to have originally been blued at one time base upon the color under the grip.
 
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