Iver Johnson 7-Shot .22 Top-Break Revolver w/6" Barrel

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  1. jsmith

    jsmith New Member

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    Here is another find that I made at a gun show in Ohio. It is an Iver Johnson .22 Top-Break Revolver. It is a 7-shot revolver w/auto extractor, blued finish and a 6" barrel, which is usually scarce, sometimes rare, on older guns. The grips that are on this gun are Iver Johnson's two-piece black hard-rubber extension grips. The only markings on the gun, besides the serial numbers, is what is on the top of the barrel which reads:

    *IVER JOHNSON ARMS & CYCLE WORKS*
    *FITCHBURG, MASS. U.S.A.*

    The serial number for this gun is E32818 and all the numbers match.

    This is a used gun but not an abused one. There is much wear on the bluing of the barrel, few minor scratches and some light rust freckling. Top-latch is fairly tight, very little play. Cylinder lock-up has a little play in it but that is normal on a gun this old. The bore and chambers are perfect, no rust or pitting. Rifling is strong in the barrel! I have already shot this gun myself and it is fine, no problems.

    I would like to hear from the expert b.goforth about when this gun was made and any other information about it.

    I only paid $100 for this gun along with the holster that came with it pictured below.

    Any comments out there!

    jsmith

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  2. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

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    third model 22 rimfire safety automatic hammer revolver serial number E32818 was manufactured in 1925, there were 1,400 of this model manufactured that year. the over size hard rubber were a factory option, the catalogs called them "Perfect Grips" the catalogs also listed the 22 rimfire model as being chambered for 22 short or long only.

    THIRD MODEL SAFETY AUTOMATIC HAMMER REVOLVER
    (Smokeless Powder Cartridges)--------------------1909-1941
    LARGE FRAME AND SMALL FRAME VERSIONS USES HAMMER THE HAMMER ACTION: Double top post barrel latch with Hammer the Hammer action. This model redesigned to be strong enough for smokeless powder. All coil springs, hard rubber grip panels with Owls head at top, optional oversize grips of hard rubber or wood were offered. Two frame sizes, four 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 .32 Special centerfire with 6 rounds cylinder capacity, .38 centerfire with 5 rounds cylinder capacity; Weight: small frame .22 rimfire with 3 inch barrel 13 ounces, .32 centerfire with 3 inch barrel 13 ½ ounces, large frame with 3 ¼ inch barrel .32 Special 19 ounces, .38 centerfire with 3 ¼ inch barrel 18 ¼ inches; Height: small frame 3 ¾ inches, large frame 3 7/8 inches; Frame length: small frame 4 3/16 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. Main serial number location on left side of grip frame grips must be removed to see. The Third Model features a double top post barrel latch, coil hammer spring and four cross pins in the lower frame.
    VALUE: 100%=$250 60%=$115
     

  3. fleetwood1976

    fleetwood1976 Well-Known Member

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    At $100 you did very well, that is a lot of plinking for the money. the top breaks are nice for ease of loading and ejecting shells.
     
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