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redrumten
June 6, 2006, 06:20 PM
Can anyone help ID an old pistol? It's a .38 that breaks downward at the cylinder to load. I can't read the manufacturer, but it includes the words "Bicycle Co." on the barrel.

I don't have any pictures at this time.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give.
GT

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Old Fuff
June 6, 2006, 09:07 PM
Wiith so little information and no pictures I can't come close to any identification, but it could be: Iver Johnson Arms & Cycle Works - Fitchburg, Mass. USA.

lee n. field
June 6, 2006, 09:11 PM
Not much help yet. Googleing on "Bicycle Co. revolver" gets me stuff about bicycle wheel hubs.

Nothing in my Standard Catalog of Firearms.

Probably a turn of the last century Saturday Night Special.

Smith357
June 6, 2006, 09:21 PM
It could be the markings are a unit label. There were Bicycle companies in many armies during the Great War.

49hudson
June 6, 2006, 10:47 PM
Iver Johnson began as a company named Johnson & Bye.
Bye sold his interest to Johnson in 1883.
It was then called Iver Johnson Arms and Cycle works. They made cheap guns, bicycles and roller skates.
I believe you have a 38 S&W revolver.
They made both hammer and hammerless models.
This is the only revolver that had [cycle co.] stamped on the frame or barrel as far as I know.

redrumten
June 20, 2006, 01:01 PM
Here are a couple of pics

SaxonPig
June 20, 2006, 01:16 PM
Don't try to shoot it. Worth $50-$100 as a collectable.

JohnBT
June 20, 2006, 01:33 PM
"1890 - Company moved to Fitchburg, Massachusetts; Owl's head first appeared on revolver grips
1894 - Company became Iver Johnson's Arms & Cycle Works, purchased bicycle shop in Fitchburg and opened first retail sporting goods store"

- www2.arkansas.net/~sws1/ijfaq001.htm

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