Guns, Firearms, Projectile Weapon Sports/Iver Johnson revolver

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I have a Iver Johnson 38cal revolver. Serial # D56754 listed on the bottom of the trigger guard and under the wood grips.
What years was it manufactured? Can I shoot 38 SW in this gun or is it to use black powder?
I will have it inspected at a gun shop before firing.

Appreciate any input on this gun.

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Hello Brian Souders
  I could go by your serial number and tell you it was manufactured in 1913 as the Third Model Hammerless Second Variation, which can shoot modern smokeless powder cartridges, as long as they are .38S&W round nose lead. You say it has "wood grips". The original grips were hard black rubber, with an Owl Head facing away from the cylinder. If they are wood, and if they are one piece, and if it has a hammer, your revolver could be a special version. If so, contact me again. Thanks 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.

Education/Credentials
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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