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Old 07-08-2010, 09:30 PM   #11
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cmhill, that may be "just a guess" as you say, but it sounds like a very educated guess. You are pretty much dead on with the description. Pardon my ignorance though, on what you mean by "cross pins". This gun has a total of 4 pins that go all the way through the frame with one appearing to be a slightly larger diameter, two others that appear to be equal in size and a fourth that is smallest of all. Measuring from the front of the cylinder, the barrel is 3-1/4" and it is a 5-shot .32 centerfire. As for the value, I doubt that this one would even qualify as a 30% gun, but since I only paid $20 I guess it was still a good buy. Thanks for the knowledge, I appreciate it.
For $20 you can't go wrong. Heck if it didn't shoot it would still be cool as a conversation peice.
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That poor revolver needs some love. Do you plan on fixing her up?

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That poor revolver needs some love. Do you plan on fixing her up?
She's been merely a conversation piece so far, but I always thought it could be a possibility. The cylinder would probably need to be replaced as this one is likely too far gone. If I found another cylinder at the right price, I might invest some time and money into it.
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I just discovered that my Iver Johnson .32 is in fact a .38 S&W caliber. Almost 20 years ago when I picked it up it had a tag on the trigger guard that said "Iver J. 32 cal." and I never questioned it or looked very close until today. In doing some research on another forum, I found that the 5-shot cylinder like mine was always referred to as a .38 while the .32 was a 6-shot. I opened it and looked and suddenly it was obvious. Just to confirm I reached for some handy .38 Spl. brass and sure enough it slid right in. Bottomed out, of course, but this confirmed that it is indeed a .38 cal. I also found out that I have a 3rd model IJ Top Break revolver, DOM 1909. The 3rd model was designed for smokeless cartridges, but it will remain silent still, unless it is refurbished and then given the OK by at least one good gunsmith.

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