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Old December 16, 2008, 06:11 PM   #1
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I recently acquired this older 5 shot revolver from a member of my wife's family and can't seem to identify exactly what it is. There's a stamping on the top that reads: IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS AND CYCLE WORKS of FITCHBURG, MASS USA, but there's no model number that I can tell. On the bottom of the trigger guard is the number 9576. Any ideas?
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Old December 16, 2008, 07:13 PM   #2
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What caliber is it? That would be a good place to start. Well a good basic place to start is at wikipedia under iver johnson. Says that the cycle works address in Fitchburg was added in 1891. So you are probably looking at a pistol made last decade of 19th century thru early 20th. Remember some of those old top breaks were made for black powder cartridges and some later ones were OK with smokeless, so you best investigate it before firing. Generally not a valuable collectors item unless in about perfect condition or with custom features like basic engraving or pearl grips or the like.
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Old December 18, 2008, 10:57 AM   #3
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Iver Johnson made knock offs of the S&W Safety Hammerless. Is it a 32 or a 38? Not much monetary value, $150-300. Tons of those pocket pistols hit the markets from the late 1800's up to the early 1900's. This is a S&W in 38S&W, fun little revolver. People were well heeled in those days.
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Old December 18, 2008, 12:22 PM   #4
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My father has one of these in a 32 and when he turned 21 his grandmother gave it to him. It was his fathers and it was in the will to give to him when he turned 21. My father is 85 now. He says that his father used it for shooting hogs and cattle at butcher time. It has not been shot for some time now but we see it at times. When I was younger he would take it out and shoot it. They are a interesting firearm. Enjoy it.
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Old December 18, 2008, 05:04 PM   #5
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I have one identical to yours in .32 cal. Has been in the family for years. The story I alys got was that it was my great grandfathers, who was a railroad cop. I've never fired it. It takes .32 S&W which is a very expensive round and hard to find around our part of the world.
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