Guns, Firearms, Projectile Weapon Sports/Iver Johnson .38 S&W Mod. 55-SA Type 1


I have a Iver Johnson Cadet .38 s&w mod. 55-SA Type one. It will not cock. It will advance the cylinder and fire from double action, and will stay cocked if you depress the small lever behind the trigger. I am guessing that this is the seer. My question is, is this gun supposed to fire double action only or should it cock. And if it should cock, what could be causing it not to?

Hello jim.
 Yes. It is a double action so should fire both by pulling the trigger  or pulling the hammer back and just pulling the trigger. I am not a gunsmith, so I don't know what may be the problem. A qualified licensed gun smith should be able to help you with this.
 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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