Guns, Firearms, Projectile Weapon Sports/Iver Johnson serial no.

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Question
I have an Iver Johnson pistol (32 cal., 5 shot, hammerless).
It is s/n B52418. I am trying to identify the year it was built.

Thank You very much for your help.
         Arthur

Answer
Hello, Arthur.
  Your Iver Johnson Serial Number B52418 was manufactured between 1896-1901. To be exact, there are differences in a patent dates and serial number and their location on the revolver.  I will list them and you can compare with yours to decide which model you have.

         1896 First Model Small Frame Hammerless Second Variation
( Top of barrel rib )Iver Johnson Arms & Cycle Works Fitchburg Mass U.S.A.
         PAT'D.APR.6.86.FEB.15.87.MAY10.87.DEC.26.93.PAT's PENDING
( Bottom of butt has serial numbers from B001 to B100000 )

         1897 Second Model Small Frame Hammerless
( Serial number has been removed from bottom of butt strap and placed on left side of grip strap B000001 to B100000 )

         1899 Second Model Small Frame Hammerless First Variation
( Serial number same location as 1897 Second Model B50001 to B100000 )( Top of barrel rib has three lines )
         IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE
         WORKS FITCHBURG MASS. U.S.A.
         PAT'D.APR.6.86.FEB.15.87.MAY10.87.AUG.25.96.PAT'S PENDING

         1901 Second Model Small Frame Hammerless Second Variation
( Top of barrel rib ) IVER JOHNSONS ARMS & CYCLE WORKS FITCHBURG MASS.U.S.A.
(Side of barrel all patent dates, with the addition date of MAR.13.88, are in two lines )
(Serial number is located on left grip strap B33001 to B66000 )
  These are the only Models and Variations that include the serial number B52418.
Other facts are; These standard revolvers came with nickel plate and a 3 inch barrel. For an extra fee, options included were; 2,3.5,4 and 5 inch barrels. They could also be ordered with wood grips and/or blued steel.
  I hope this has helped you in identifying your Iver Johnson revolver, and thank you for asking for me. Charles Gage

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I can answer questions dealing with firearms and their development due to western expansion. I can answer most questions about any firearms of the world manufactured after the Civil War(1868 - present. I can offer safety warnings about these. I can offer opinions and the reasons behind these. I can also answer questions about Iver Johnson firearms. I can identify by pictures most firearms. If your question involves a firearm you have access to, please include a good quality photo with your question.

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I have been at the study of firearms and their use since my first issue of Field and Stream in 1962.At that time I was completely devoted to rifles, but over the years I have experienced the thrill of the hunt with handguns, shotguns and of course rifles. I moved from Oklahoma to New Mexico in 1972 and, since, I have taken numerous game and non-game animals with all firearms (cannons excluded)including blackpowder muzzleloading rifles,shotguns and handguns. My favorite handgun for large non-game animals, such as feral hogs, is my Uberti replica of a 1847 Colt Walker. Very heavy, but accurate.

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I am a 1973 high school graduate. Junior and senior year I developed a class on Wildlife Depredation and Conservation of our Rocky Mountain states. My specialty was the brown bear.

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New Mexico Hunter Safety Program Instructor 15 year award.

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