Iver Johnson .32 S&W Oddball

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by gorknoids, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

    2,396
    0
    0
    I recently bought this from an older lady who inherited it from her mother, and it had never been fired. Still in the original box with a box of ammo, I couldn't pass it up. Then I went and fired it, and it was not pleasant. When I was done in the Boom Room, I went downstairs to see what the Blue Book said about it, and it wasn't even listed. I can't find out a damned thing about it other than it was originally designed as an 8-shot .22, but then there was a mod to install a loading gate, but no mention of pumping it up to .32. Model is Iver Johnson Cadet 56-SA, despite what it says on the box, Serno B 8617. What I like about it is that you can cup it in your palm to beat the BG to unconciousness after putting 5 rounds of unavailable ammo into him. I wish I had the receipt from the original purchase, but according to the lady I bought it from, it was pretty much a stashed gun that was bought for the small grip and the low recoil.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     

  2. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

    2,396
    0
    0
    Fo' shizzle. Fires .32 S&W. Works like a champ until you have to reload it. There's no ejector. You drop the cylinder out by removing the rod, and push the spent casings out one-at-a-time using the cylinder rod. A true "Fire-and-forget" weapon!
    [​IMG]
     
  3. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

    9,624
    1
    0
    A quick curiosity search shows that the ammo is still produced, and is reasonable, and out of stock.
     
  4. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

    2,396
    0
    0
    Ain't like I'll be counting on it when the Obzambies come, and I thank you for your research. I saved out 5 rounds of the box that came with the gun and hope that I never, ever get to the point where I need to use this sideshow freak. Saturday Night Specials earned their distinction on crap like this.
     
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2010
  5. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

    21,833
    2
    0
    I.J. Cadet Model 55SA
    - .22 rimfire cal., 8 shot, blue finish, similar to Cadet Model 55A, except has loading gate on right side of frame, approx. 27 oz. Mfg. 1961-1978.

    No mention of .32cal.
     
  6. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

    2,396
    0
    0
    The .22 is what Sirhan Sirhan used, in case any handgun trivia fans are following. The .32 S&W is a frigging ghost. Thanks for checking, Cane!
     
  7. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

    21,833
    2
    0
    Wow, there's a bit of history trivia!

    Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed with a .22 cal I.J. Cadet Model 55SA
     
  8. RavenTBK

    RavenTBK New Member

    2
    0
    0
    A google search lead me to this thread. Seemingly one of only a few actual results. Figured I would tag the thread and bump it.

    I just was given this exact pistol by my Grandmother, who no longer wants Grandpas old gun in the house. Its been 7 years since he passed...always wondered why she kept it all this time up on the shelf in the closet when she always flat out refused to have anything to do with them while he was alive. Anyway, its an Iver Johnson Cadet Model 55-SA, .32S&W, Ser#B-4751.

    From reading the other replies, as well as lack of search results, this particular pistol is a ghost. I just wanted to bump the thread and maybe see if there have been any revelations since this thread was buried two years ago.

    Cheers!
    .rTBK
     

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Dec 9, 2012
  9. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    21,345
    224
    63
    Thee is a bit more than one page on the Cadet 55 S and 55 SA in "Iver Johnson Arms & Cycle Works" by the late Mr. W.E. (Bill) Goforth. These were made in .22 rimfire, .32 S&W, and .38 S&W. There were several variations over the years, mainly unseen engineering changes, shape of front sight, etc.

    The new price when first introduced in 1955 was $26.10. And while it is not a Colt or Smith, would probably not call it a Saturday Night Special- if comparing it to an RG or Clerke. These were decently made, durable guns- just very plain and simple. They tended to be the gun of the working man, store owner, or the head of household that wanted a pistol for the nightstand.

    While .32 S&W is not going to set any world records for stopping power (about 93 ft lbs muzzle energy) it DOES score better than a .22 LR WHEN FIRED FROM A THREE INCH BARREL (about 73 ft lbs) And yes, .32 S&W ammo is available from just about any gun shop.
     
  10. MoreAltitude

    MoreAltitude New Member

    456
    0
    0
    Iver Johnson's must be popular among presidential assassins then, they made a top break DA .32 used by Leon Czolgosc to attempt to assassinate president William McKinley, back in 1901.
     
  11. Bob Wright

    Bob Wright Member

    871
    0
    16
    The catalog sheets that came with my Iver Johnson Cattleman .44 Magnum (Uberti) ca. 1975 list the Cadet as " A ruggedly designed pocket revolver or kit gun now available in .38 Special and .22 Magnum.................it is also available in .32 and .38 calibers."

    The enclosed price sheet, dated June 9, 1975, shows "C322 Cadet Blue-Black .32 2 1/2" Fixed (sights) $52.00"

    The grips shown on the gun are checkered hard rubber with the logo "IJ" impressed in a circle at the top.


    Bob Wright
     
  12. MoreAltitude

    MoreAltitude New Member

    456
    0
    0
    Gunpartscorp.com also lists available parts for 3 separate calibers on a 55sa cadet.
     

    Attached Files:

  13. donthav1

    donthav1 Active Member

    1,048
    5
    38
    i did stumble across a Cadet in 38 special a few months ago, sold for $130 if i remember correctly.

    is that 32 S&W long, or just regular 32 S&W? if it's 32 long, the ammo is relatively cheap online, available in a couple different weights, & you can even get JHP bullets. for cost i prefer the wadcutters & LRN in my 32's for range use. while not an ideal defense round, i sure as hell wouldn't want get hit with one and those wadcutters leave a perfectly round hole in whatever you shoot