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Iver Johnson Puzzler

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by AKD, Nov 27, 2016.

  1. AKD

    AKD Member

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    I have bought an Iver Johnson recently.
    After reading many posts here and abroad I have still not found any like this one.

    Any sage advice would be greatly appreciated.


    The Facts (and the grey areas):

    Has the safety i.e. transfer plate between hammer and firing pin.
    Hammer
    6 shot revolver Blued with automatic ejector
    Stamped under both the trigger guard and behind the grips is serial no. 21xx no letters
    The spring is coiled.
    Wood grips (may not be original, but they have been repaired.
    5" round barrel & on top reads " IVER JONHSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS <next line> FITCHBURG MASS. U.S.A.
    there are no patent stampings to be found.
    I believe it be a 32 caliber of sorts but not sure which as it has no stampings as to caliber size OR patent stamps as I've read on other threads.
    The only two markings are the serial no. and on the top of the barrel.

    It's actually in quite good shape. The exterior isn't terrible. The barrel is nice and shiny with a few minor spots. Lock up is about as close to dolphin tight as could be.

    Not sure if this is important but it functions in single and double action. The cylinder does not rotate while hammer is cocked.

    I have placed 32S&W ("shorts") in the cylinder. They fit.
    When using the automatic ejector; and ejecting live rounds the "ejector star" returned back to the cylinder the ammo actually got between the star and cylinder.
    I had read the 32 S&W rims are actually smaller and will not fit on auto-ejectors designed for 32 S&W Long.

    This and being a 6 shot revolver may lead me to believe that it may be possible this is a 32 S&W Long, but I'm not certain.

    There was a guy with 32 S&W Long at the gun show but had a fit when I asked if I could put a round in the cylinder to see if it fit, so.....

    Also, the 4 digit serial number seems completely incorrect to all of the information found online for an Iver Johnson.

    If you've made it this far there's more. bad quality pictures, oh joy.

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    I believe that it's in fair shooting condition and would like to continue using it


    Thanks for any info!

    A.D.
     

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  2. AKD

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  3. Dr.Rob

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    32 S&W long, the third model only available in 32 S&W long, 38 S&W and 22LR. Coil spring mark it as smokeless powder, 3rd model. Sorry it took so long to find an answer.
     
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  4. Jim Watson

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    In 1939 a six shot Iver Johnson .32 was the ".32 Special" chambered for .32 S&W Long, etc.
    Which includes .32 S&W, .32 S&W Long, .32 Colt New Police.
     
  5. AKD

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    Any chance you could send a link or image so i can have it to refer to?

    Thanks for the good info.
     
  6. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm away from my resources for the week but I'll be happy to forward that when I get home.
     
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