US Revolver Co. Break Top

(Iver Johnson)

in .32 S&W


I have been collecting break-top and early solid frame pistols like these for many years. (I hear you. I'm not sure why either except that they were cheap.) There is still very little research done on them as they haven't really come to the attention of many collectors yet. Bill Goforth wrote a great book on the H&R company and its firearms titled "H&R Arms Co. 1871 - 1986 - A Historical Reference for the Modern Collector". It's a research oriented book with dates, serial numbers and variations noted for most of the company's guns. H&R also produced guns marked with the name "New England Firearms". Iver Johnson was the big competitor who made many of the same style guns that H&R was producing. Iver Johnson also produced guns under the "US Arms Co." and "US Revolver Co." name. 


This pistol is one by Iver Johnson but marked under the U.S. Revolver Co. name. It is not marked with the caliber on the barrel and there is no serial number. The nickel finish is a bit flaky on the receiver but about 60% remains with the rest of the metal having a slight surface rust. The grips are in good condition except for a small chip out of the bottom of the left one. The bore has some pitting which is not uncommon since the ammo of the day used corrosive primers. The action works perfectly and the cylinder locks up tight.

I have not fired this one. These old pre 1905 pistols were designed for black powder loads. Do not use the modern ammo. If you reload, be careful to use minimum pressure loads or black powder in these pistols. Shooting any old firearm is done at your own risk.

This pistol must be shipped to a C&R or FFL license holder or can be purchased in person.






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