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Iver Johnson's Arms & Cycle Works

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Iver Johnson's Arms & Cycle Works   Fitchsburg Massachusetts 1894 1999


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    See Johnson, Iver


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The following information was send by Devin. He would be glad if we help to clarify the life of Ross Lynn Valentine. Please contact
rudihdd@hispeed.ch and mark Ross Lynn in the subject of your mail
if you can help. Thank you very much.

The gun was given post mortem to the daughter (we think) of Ross Lynn Valentine. He was living in Long Beach, Ca. at the time. His dob was March 24th 1885, time of death, June 18th 1962. No military affiliation. The only group he was assocaited with was the masons. The gun, as you can see, is in presentation style display and shows no sign of firing. The action is in good working order. The gun was found in a chest while my great aunt was going through her recently deceased daughters belongings. The gun is held in the display box by plastic zip ties. The serial number is A49065.

Its a Small Frame Safety Automatic Hammer First Model .32 Smith & Wesson centerfire 2nd variation and made at the end of 1896 when the production stoped and had the single top post latch. Total production from 1894 to 1896 was 250000 guns. The Second Model started in 1897 at serial number A50001 and was made with the double top post latch. Cased number A49065
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See Johnson, Iver
Johnson, Bye & Co.
Iver Johnson Arms Co.
Iver Johnson Arms Works

Topbreaks (Safety Hammer) .32 cal. S&W small frame


Owl is looking to the barrel, cylinder is free wheeling when at rest, for black powder cartridges

Model 1, First Model


Single top latch, 100'000 were manufactured in 1894, serial number without letter prefix, marked on the top of the barrel rib
IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS FITCHBURG. MASS.U.S.A.
PAT'D.APR.6.86.FEB.15.87.MAY 10.87.DEC.26.93 PAT'S PENDING

Model 1, First Model, first variation


Single top latch, 100'000 were manufactured in 1895, serial number without letter prefix, the difference was the cylinder retainer, marked on the top of the barrel rib
IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS FITCHBURG. MASS.U.S.A.
PAT'D.APR.6.86.FEB.15.87.MAY 10.87.DEC.26.93 PAT'S PENDING

Model 1, First Model, second variation


Single top latch, 50'000 were manufactured in 1896, serial number with A letter prefix, marked on the top of the barrel rib
IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS FITCHBURG. MASS.U.S.A.
PAT'D.APR.6.86.FEB.15.87.MAY 10.87.DEC.26.93 PAT'S PENDING

Model 2, Second Model


Owl is looking to the barrel, cylinder is free wheeling when at rest, for black powder cartridges

Double top latch, manufactured from 1897 - 1899, serial number with A, E or F letter prefix, marked on the top of the barrel rib
IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS FITCHBURG. MASS.U.S.A.
PAT'D.APR.6.86.FEB.15.87.MAY 10.87.AUG.25.96 PAT'S PENDING

The Second Model Hammer continued in 1900 with the 1st variation and stopped in 1908 with the 6th variation. Overall production was 950'000 revolvers.

number 83351 / 346, in grip number 8330 or 83301 marked, left side right side

other one,left side right side

Topbreaks (Safety Hammer) .38 cal. S&W large frame


Owl is looking to the barrel, cylinder is free wheeling when at rest, for black powder cartridges

Model 1, First Model or Old Model


Single top latch, 100'000 were produced in 1894, serial number without letter prefix, marked on the top of the barrel rib
IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS FITCHBURG. MASS.U.S.A.
PAT'D.APR.6.86.FEB.15.87.MAY 10.87.DEC.26.93 PAT'S PENDING

Model 2, Second Model


Owl is looking to the barrel, cylinder is free wheeling when at rest, for black powder cartridges

Double top latch, 100'000 items were manufactured in 1895, serial number without letter prefix, marked on the top of the barrel rib
IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS FITCHBURG. MASS.U.S.A.
PAT'D.APR.6.86.FEB.15.87.MAY 10.87.DEC.26.93 PAT'S PENDING

Model 2, Second Model, first variation


Double top latch, 50'000 items were manufactured in 1896, serial number with C letter prefix, marked on the top of the barrel rib
IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS FITCHBURG. MASS.U.S.A.
PAT'D.APR.6.86.FEB.15.87.MAY 10.87.DEC.26.93 PAT'S PENDING

Model 2, Second Model, second variation


Double top latch, 150'000 items were manufactured in 1897 and 1898, serial number with C or G letter prefix, marked on the top of the barrel rib
IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS FITCHBURG. MASS.U.S.A.
PAT'D.APR.6.86.FEB.15.87.MAY 10.87.DEC.26.93 PAT'S PENDING

Model 2, Second Model, third variation


Double top latch, 200'000 items were manufactured from 1899 - 1901, serial number with C or I letter prefix, marked on the top of the barrel rib
IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS
------FITCHBURG. MASS.U.S.A.------
and on the left site of the barrel
PAT'D.APR.6.86.FEB.15.87.MAY 10.87.
MAR.13.88.AUG.25.96 PAT'S PENDING

The Second Model Hammer continued in 1902 with the 4th variation and stopped in 1908 with the 7th variation

Topbreaks (Hammerless) .32 cal. S&W small frame


Owl is looking to the barrel, for black powder cardridges, free wheeling cylinder

Model 1, First Model


Single top latch, 100'000 were manufactured in 1894, serial number without letter prefix, marked on the top of the barrel rib
IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS FITCHBURG. MASS.U.S.A.
PAT'D.APR.6.86.FEB.15.87.MAY 10.87.DEC.26.93 PAT'S PENDING

Model 1, First Model, first variation


Single top latch, 100'000 were manufactured in 1895, serial number without letter prefix, the difference was the cylinder retainer, marked on the top of the barrel rib
IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS FITCHBURG. MASS.U.S.A.
PAT'D.APR.6.86.FEB.15.87.MAY 10.87.DEC.26.93 PAT'S PENDING

Model 1, First Model, second variation


Single top latch, 50'000 were manufactured in 1896, serial number with B letter prefix, marked on the top of the barrel rib
IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS FITCHBURG. MASS.U.S.A.
PAT'D.APR.6.86.FEB.15.87.MAY 10.87.DEC.26.93 PAT'S PENDING

Model 2, Second Model


Double top latch, manufactured in 1897 and 1898, serial number with B letter prefix, marked on the top of the barrel rib
IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS FITCHBURG. MASS.U.S.A.
PAT'D.APR.6.86.FEB.15.87.MAY 10.87.AUG.25.96 PAT'S PENDING

Model 2, Second Model, second variation


Double top latch, manufactured in 1899, serial number with B letter prefix, new one-piece frame, marked on the top of the barrel rib,
IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS FITCHBURG. MASS.U.S.A.
PAT'D.APR.6.86.FEB.15.87.MAY 10.87.AUG.25.96 PAT'S PENDING

The Second Model Hammerless continued in 1900 with the 2nd variation and stopped in 1908 with the 7th variation. Overall production was 700'000 revolvers.

Topbreaks (Hammerless) . 38 cal. S&W large frame


Owl is looking to the barrel, for black powder cardridges, free wheeling cylinder

Model 1, First Model or Old Model


Single top latch, 100'000 were produced in 1894, serial number without letter prefix, marked on the top of the barrel rib
IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS FITCHBURG. MASS.U.S.A.
PAT'D.APR.6.86.FEB.15.87.MAY 10.87.DEC.26.94 PAT'S PENDING

Model 2, Second Model


Double top latch, manufactured in 1895, serial number without letter prefix, marked on the top of the barrel rib
IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS FITCHBURG. MASS.U.S.A.
PAT'D.APR.6.86.FEB.15.87.MAY 10.87.DEC.26.93 PAT'S PENDING

Model 2, Second Model, first variation


Double top latch, manufactured in 1896, serial number with D letter prefix, marked on the top of the barrel rib
IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS FITCHBURG. MASS.U.S.A.
PAT'D.APR.6.86.FEB.15.87.MAY 10.87.DEC.26.93 PAT'S PENDING

Model 2, Second Model, second variation


Double top latch, manufactured in 1897, serial number with D letter prefix, marked on the top of the barrel rib
IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS FITCHBURG. MASS.U.S.A.
PAT'D.APR.6.86.FEB.15.87.MAY 10.87.AUG.25.96 PAT'S PENDING

Model 2, Second Model, third variation


Double top latch, manufactured in 1897, serial number with D letter prefix, marked on the top of the barrel rib
IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS FITCHBURG. MASS.U.S.A.
PAT'D.APR.6.86.FEB.15.87.MAY 10.87.MAR.12.88.AUG.25.96 PAT'S PENDING

Model 2, Second Model, fourth variation


Double top latch, manufactured from 1899 - 1901, a new frame was introduced, serial number with d letter prefix, marked on the top of the barrel rib
IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS & CYCLE WORKS
------FITCHBURG. MASS.U.S.A.------
and on the left site of the barrel
PAT'D.APR.6.86.FEB.15.87.MAY 10.87.
MAR.13.88.AUG.25.96 PAT'S PENDING

The Second Model Hammerless continued in 1902 with the 5th variation and stopped in 1908 with the 9th variation

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As there is such a huge request for exceptionally some information on later made models


Topbreaks (Safety Hammer)


Model 3


for black powder cartridges, 3rd Model, single action, cylinder is locked when at rest, manufactured from 1909 - 1941

as extra 4", 5" or 6" , pearl or ivory stocks "Perfect" rubber or "Western" walnut grips, blued finish, double post latch, owl is looking in at you. Rear sight on the latch was longer as on Model 1 or Model 2

.22 S&W long or .22 long rifle or .22 long or .22 short caliber, Safety Hammer Automatic Revolver, 7 shot, nickeled and 3" barrel as standard, grip rubber

.32 Colt new police or .32 S&W long or .32 S&W or .32 long rim fire or .32 short rim fire caliber, Safety Hammer Automatic Revolver, 5 shot, nickeled and 3" barrel as standard, grip rubber

.32 Colt new police or .32 S&W long caliber, Iver Johnson Special 32 Safety Hammer Automatic Revolver, 6 shot, nickeled and 3 1/4" barrel as standard, grip rubber

.38 S&W caliber, Safety Hammer Automatic Revolver, 5 shot, nickeled and 3" barrel as standard, grip rubber

Model Iver Johnson Safety "Cycle" Automatic Revolvers


as extra pearl or ivory stocks and blued

.22 S&W long or .22 long rifle or .22 long or .22 short caliber, with hammer, 7 shot, nickeled and 2" barrel as standard, grip rubber

.32 Colt new police or .32 S&W long or .32 S&W or .32 long rim fire or .32 short rim fire caliber, with hammer, 5 shot, nickeled and 2" barrel as standard, grip rubber

.38 S&W caliber, with hammer, 5 shot, nickeled and 2" barrel as standard, grip rubber

Topbreaks (Safety Hammerless)


Model 2


left side right side

Model 3


for black powder cartridges, 3rd Model, single action, cylinder is locked when at rest, manufactured from 1909 - 1941

as extra 4", 5" or 6" , pearl or ivory stocks "Perfect" rubber or "Western" walnut grips, blued finish

.22 S&W long or .22 long rifle or .22 long or .22 short caliber, Safety Hammerless Automatic Revolver, 7 shot, nickeled and 3" barrel as standard, grip rubber

.32 Colt new police or .32 S&W long or .32 S&W or .32 long rim fire or .32 short rim fire caliber, Safety Hammerless Automatic Revolver, 5 shot, nickeled and 3" barrel as standard, grip rubber

Number B47806, left side same, right side

.32 Colt new police or .32 S&W long caliber, Iver Johnson Special 32 Safety Hammerless Automatic Revolver, 6 shot, nickeled and 3 1/4" barrel as standard, grip rubber

.38 S&W caliber, Safety Hammerless Automatic Revolver, 5 shot, nickeled and 3" barrel as standard, grip rubber

Model Iver Johnson Safety "Cycle" Automatic Revolvers


as extra pearl or ivory stocks and blued

.22 S&W long or .22 long rifle or .22 long or .22 short caliber, hammerless, 7 shot, nickeled and 2" barrel as standard, grip rubber

.32 Colt new police or .32 S&W long or .32 S&W or .32 long rim fire or .32 short rim fire caliber, hammerless, 5 shot, nickeled and 2" barrel as standard, grip rubber

.38 S&W caliber, hammerless, 5 shot, nickeled and 2" barrel as standard, grip rubber

Topbreaks Model 1900 Double Action Revolvers


This model replaced the "Boston Bull Dog" and the "American Bull Dog" revolvers from which almost two millions have been sold

As extra 4 1/2 or 6" barrel, Perfect" rubber grib, blued

.22 S&W long or .22 long rifle or .22 long or .22 short caliber, no safety hammer, 7 shot, nickeled and 2 1/2" barrel as standard, grip rubber

.32 Colt new police or .32 S&W long or .32 S&W or .32 long rim fire or .32 short rim fire caliber, no safety hammer, 5 shot, nickeled and 2 1/2" barrel as standard, grip rubber

.38 S&W caliber, no safety hammer, 5 shot, nickeled and 2 1/2" barrel as standard, grip rubber

Shot Gun


Shot guns has been manufactured since the 1870s

12, 16 and 20 gauge, Champion Model 36, single barrel shotguns, 28", 30", 32", 34" or 36" barrel

16 ga shotgun, left side

24 and 28 gauge, Champion Model 39, single barrel shotguns, 28", 30" or 32" barrel

Champion Junior Models 36 and 39 was the regular models made in boys' sizes which means shorter stocks and shorter 26" and 28" barrels