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Iver Johnson Top Break Help

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by AZ Sporter, Apr 1, 2017.

  1. AZ Sporter

    AZ Sporter New Member

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    Hey everyone, I inherited this revolver that belonged to my Great Grandfather. I have searched all over the internet for some type of resource to identify the year/time period it was made and the type of ammunition it uses but nothing really conclusive. I have seen a couple Iver Johnson experts on this forum who could possibly help me with this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Now I heard that there was a letter prefix on the serial number but I can make out what it is, but the numbers are 18820 both underneath the trigger guard and underneath the grips on the frame. It's a 5-shot. And from what I've heard is that the coil spring in the grip indicates that it fires smokeless powder ammunition. Revolver 1 (2).jpg Revolver 2 (2).jpg Revolver 3 (2).jpg Revolver 5 (2).jpg Revolver 7.jpg Revolver 8 (2).jpg
     
  2. BobMcG

    BobMcG Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to TFF.

    Not an expert by any means but, it looks like a Small Frame Safety Hammer Automatic, Third Model, 2nd Variation, 1914-1941, .32 S&W smokeless to me. If I'm seeing the serial number correctly as J13320, it would have a DOM of 1932. What has me going though, is that I would expect to see the J prefix with the left side grip frame serial number but, there it is on the trigger guard. A picture of the stampings on the bottom of the butt strap would be nice too.
     
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  3. AZ Sporter

    AZ Sporter New Member

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    Sorry for the late reply first of all. I have a couple questions. I don't know what the bottom of the butt strap is. Do you mean the bottom of the grip? (I'm used to autoloader pistols and bolt-action rifles)

    And secondly I would like to ask: do you think it's safe to shoot? And if so, what kind of ammo should I get for it? I would really love to shoot this cool little pistol.
     
  4. Shrek73

    Shrek73 Well-Known Member

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    You have a 3rd Model 2nd Variation Safety Hammer Automatic revolver. BobMcG was correct, it was made in 1932. It is interesting that the trigger guard has the J prefix, as it should be on the frame.

    The butt has the patent stamp, which did not change from 1913-1941.