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I purchased an Iver Johnson 32 cal break top today and trying to find more about its manf. Date and if it is for black powder or smokeless.  Thanks

I took off the black rubber grips and no number under the grip. Has 86821 on the bottom of the butt.  Nothing under the trigger guard.

Hello Gary.
  Thank you for the pictures. Yes, your revolver is for black powder cartridges, only. It was manufactured in 1894 or 1895. It is known as 'Iver Johnson Safety Automatic First Model'. If you want to shoot it, first and foremost, have it checked by a competent licensed gunsmith. You may find black powder loaded ammunition at Buffalo Arms Co. used by cowboy action shooters for their ammo needs.
  I hope this helps answer your questions 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.


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.

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.

Awards and Honors
New Mexico Hunter Safety Program Instructor 15 year award.

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