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Old revolver

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by redrumten, Jun 6, 2006.

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  1. redrumten

    redrumten Member

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    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
     
  2. Old Fuff

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    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.
     
  3. lee n. field

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    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.
     
  4. Smith357

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    It could be the markings are a unit label. There were Bicycle companies in many armies during the Great War.
     
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    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.
     
  6. redrumten

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    Here are a couple of pics
     

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    Don't try to shoot it. Worth $50-$100 as a collectable.
     
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    "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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