Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Iver Johnson's 32 cal.

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by Jrmurray75, Jul 1, 2014.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Jrmurray75

    Jrmurray75 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2014
    Messages:
    6
    Just inherited an IJ 32 cal 5 shot revolver with great family history and I am hoping to find out a little info about it. Serial # is S324xx. Patent dates on butt of handle June 16, 96. Aug 25, 96. Top Break. 5 shot. Hammer. I'm looking to narrow down manufacture date. And any info on what I can use to try to unfreeze hammer and cylinder. I don't think it will ever shoot again (if it ever did) but it would be nice for the parts to function again. Thanks. Jonathan Murray
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2007
    Messages:
    59,082
    Location:
    Eastern KS
  3. Jrmurray75

    Jrmurray75 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2014
    Messages:
    6
    Will the penetrating oil damage the areas where the nickel is flaking?
    - Jonathan
     
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2007
    Messages:
    59,082
    Location:
    Eastern KS
    Probably.

    But if it does, the plating has rust under it and is coming off anyway.

    You can't really have your cake & eat it too when it comes to unfreezing a froze up gun that old.

    rc
     
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2014
  5. Ron James

    Ron James Member

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2006
    Messages:
    2,335
    Location:
    Arizona
    Your Iver Johnson was made in 1907 which makes it a black powder frame.
     
  6. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    23,908
    Location:
    Arizona
    Take the grips off, but do so carefully, and do not try to pry them off after removing the screw. With age they will have become brittle and chip or crack easily.

    While you have the grips off inspect the side of the frame/handle. You should find the serial number and maybe a letter prefix. That letter is critical because Iver Johnson recycled numbers. Also look at the inside of the grips for a scratched or pencil-written serial No. If it matches the frame those grips were hand fitted to that revolver.

    After a second look I see the letter might be a "S" that on my monitor looked like a "5".
     
  7. Ron James

    Ron James Member

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2006
    Messages:
    2,335
    Location:
    Arizona
    S is what I was going by, If it is an S then he already has the grips off. Also the patent dates he listed also date it to 1907/11 and the S dates it to 1907. Iver Johnson didn't go to a stronger " smokeless " frame until 1909.
     
  8. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2002
    Messages:
    18,524
    It's probably locked up by gummed up oil or grease (or even worse, rust). Post a picture of it.
     
  9. Jrmurray75

    Jrmurray75 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2014
    Messages:
    6
    Trying to figure out how to upload multiple photos.
     

    Attached Files:

  10. Jrmurray75

    Jrmurray75 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2014
    Messages:
    6
    This one too
     

    Attached Files:

  11. Jrmurray75

    Jrmurray75 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2014
    Messages:
    6
    And here
     

    Attached Files:

  12. Jrmurray75

    Jrmurray75 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2014
    Messages:
    6
    Uno mas
     

    Attached Files:

  13. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    23,908
    Location:
    Arizona
    The very well done photographs :cool: show that the revolver has old-style (black powder) notches in the cylinder. For an over-a-century-old gun the plating is in pretty good shape, and a solvent-soak shouldn't hurt it too much. I use Marvel Mystery Oil, that is usually found at automobile service stores or departments. When you are done save it in the original container because it can be used over.
     
  14. JohnBT

    JohnBT Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2002
    Messages:
    13,232
    Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
    What happened to the front sight? Was there one? Here's my grandfather's 3" .32.

    [​IMG]

    F69553, with "PAT'D.APR.6.86.FEB.15.87.MAY 10.87.AUG.25.96 PAT'S PENDING" on the barrel.

    "manufactured from 1897 - 1899, serial number with A, E or F letter prefix"

    I guess he bought it used - he was born in 1891.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page