View Full Version : 32 S&W Eastern Arms 5 shot revolver age?

July 14, 2000, 09:24 PM
Is there anyway to determine if it is pre 1899?

James K
July 16, 2000, 10:41 PM
I can't find anything on Eastern Arms. It may have been a trade name or store brand. Even if by a known maker, it would probably not be possible to determine an manufacturing date.


Harley Nolden
July 17, 2000, 06:50 AM
Jim is correct. According to my records Eastern Arms is a trade name used by Iver Johnson Arms and Cycle Works on shotguns and inexpensive revolvers made for Sears & Roebuck of Chicago.


July 21, 2000, 12:28 AM
"The Standard Catalog of Firearms 6th edition" says Eastern is Sears is Iver Johnson.

Numerich Catalog #22 says Eastern is Sears is Savage or Stevens.

The revolver is like an IJ, but stouter barrel.

James K
July 22, 2000, 09:59 PM
I don't know how important it is that the gun be pre 1899, but who is prepared to argue either way? There is simply no proof of the manufacturing date.


July 23, 2000, 09:11 PM
This is the site to check for date on the revolver.Gives dates of manufacturing for Ivey Johnson http://www2.arkansas.net/~sws1/ij-antiq.htm

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