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Old July 12, 2015, 06:11 PM   #1
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Revolver: Iver & Johnson

Hi, ten years ago, I lost the chance to keep my great-grand father revolver a Colt model stainless cal.38 went to the police storage room for decommission. Someone might bought it there. I saw it the year before, it was like new. That won’t happen again, about a year ago, I get to own my grandfather handgun he was a land lord dedicated to the production of sugar cane and coffee here in Puerto Rico. The gun has the original leather holster with the brand name stamped on, is an oldie Iver & Johnson, Model US Revolver, stamped in the barrel top line says,< US Revolver Co. >, and is a .38 caliber - short ammo, an old top break, serial no. 27544 stamped in the left side of the hand grip, and is also stamped below the end inner edge of the top break, plating is almost gone, because all its nickel plating has come off, due to body sweat and fertilizers he used to work with, there is no rust at all, metal is smooth and all its parts works perfect. His gun permit was assign in 1952, we think he bought it in a warehouse, or in a 5 and 10 store, for $75 or $80 dollars, because at that time there were no gun stores here. Now can you help with this two questions: Is there a way to find the production year with the serial number or not?, and what company make the most accurate plastic grips for it?, if not the real original ones. Last year, I bought a pair and I have to return them, because they did not fit properly and were very thin in comparison with the originals I have. I 'm trying to restore it, to me is like a part of history.
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Old July 12, 2015, 06:32 PM   #2
Ron James
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Pull the left grip and see if ther is a letter prefix on the serial number, that makes a difference of when produced . Lit me know that information and I will tell you when it was manufactured. I don't have the site address but google ' Vintage Grips '.
.Ron J.
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Old July 12, 2015, 11:06 PM   #3
tightgroup tiger
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I had the privilege of spending time in Puerto Rico with some of your real people and I am glad you have joined our forum.

I'm sure some of our Iver-Johnson experts will help you with your quest.

We have a quite a few Iver-Johnson experts and I enjoy reading their posts about this piece of American history.
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