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    What did I get?

    So, I’ve gotten an inheritance of a sort – five weapons I don’t really know much about: what they are, if they’re any good, how much they’re worth, etc. Particularly, the old DOA “Iver Johnson” (that’s what I could decipher from the fine print on the barrel) is a puzzle to me - I can’t even guess the caliber. Any help would be much appreciated. Do forgive my ignorance; and for those who can spare a moment and share their expertise - thanks, in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trueblue View Post
    So, I’ve gotten an inheritance of a sort – five weapons I don’t really know much about: what they are, if they’re any good, how much they’re worth, etc. Particularly, the old DOA “Iver Johnson” (that’s what I could decipher from the fine print on the barrel) is a puzzle to me - I can’t even guess the caliber. Any help would be much appreciated. Do forgive my ignorance; and for those who can spare a moment and share their expertise - thanks, in advance.

    Anyone interested?

    More photos on the FLICKR at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/107980833@N04/sets/
    That colt "hammerless" is in fantastic condition. Nice little shooters. Absolutely solid. Could be worth something.

    The Schofield if it's original might not only be very valuable but is as cool a collectible cowboy gun as you can find. Even if it's not original, the repros are a pretty penny and every bit as cool.

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    Thanks for quick reply. I fixed the FLICKR link, so do have a look-see at the rest of them, as with my limited exposure I am lost here. Many thanks for your time.

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    This looks like a .38 Special Iver Johnson to me. These pistols are pretty crap from what I've seen.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FunkyPertwee View Post
    This looks like a .38 Special Iver Johnson to me. These pistols are pretty crap from what I've seen.


    Maybe, but I think the break action is really cool. It would be neat to have just because it is different than what you can get now.
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    Really like that old J frame with the T Grip. Welcome to Gunsnet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ltorlo64 View Post
    Maybe, but I think the break action is really cool. It would be neat to have just because it is different than what you can get now.
    I've come across both a .38 and a .32 within the last two years.

    I'm not trying to shit talk anyone's gun, but they were both really crappy. I would not have been proud to own either.

    The owner of both pistols uses them as paper weights.
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    Nice inheritance for sure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FunkyPertwee View Post
    This looks like a .38 Special Iver Johnson to me. These pistols are pretty crap from what I've seen.


    I've got a .32 short (US) and a .32 long (IJ)... They were intended to be pocket revolvers for the masses. They really don't have much collector's value although they are neat little revolvers. Basically, the Bryco/HiPoint of 100 years ago. They were not meant for target shooting and your groups will prove that LOL...

    Since I have two anyway, I wouldn't mind having the .38 also...

    Edit to add... for some reason evenn the nickle and chromed finishes, you almost never see one with a perfect finish. I don't know if it poor surface prep or what....
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    Quote Originally Posted by FunkyPertwee View Post
    This looks like a .38 Special Iver Johnson to me. These pistols are pretty crap from what I've seen.



    those would only be chambered in .38 S&W, or .32 s&w/s&w long.

    shocking as it sounds I have about 20 of them in various makes and calibers. One of them is accurate, one of them functions well, the rest do neither.

    that gun is also not a DAO, I would guess that it just doesn't lock the hammer when you cock it.

    Although I do have a 6" barreled H&R top break that is a champ.



    that one is a Llama, a spanish made 1911 copy, looks to be in .380 and should be a really decent gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Laton Caliente View Post
    Edit to add... for some reason evenn the nickle and chromed finishes, you almost never see one with a perfect finish. I don't know if it poor surface prep or what....
    Because they're around 100 years old and have been totally neglected for a few decades.
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    Thank you All for taking time to share your knowledge and opinions. I did take a second look at the COLT revolver - I don't know how I missed it before, but is says "Army Special" on the side of the barrel. Anyways, thank you all kindly. Thanks particularly for clarifying the "DOA" Iver Johnson issue - paperweight it is

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    Quote Originally Posted by raxar View Post


    that one is a Llama, a spanish made 1911 copy, looks to be in .380 and should be a really decent gun.
    For some reason, I'm remembering the line "Joo no bangy bangy con el Llama" from the old gunsnet.

    Any idea who said that?

    I repeated that one to a friend back in the day and it became an inside joke after he actually bought a Llama.
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    According to Colt's serial lookup (http://www.coltsmfg.com/customerserv...berlookup.aspx), both the revolver and the pistol were made in 1917. Is there any "gun blue book" to use as a reference when guesstimating the value, or the current auctions on GB or GA are the best there is?

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    A belated welcome to the group !!!

    when trying to get actual selling prices as opposed to "book value" I always recommend checking gunbroker for auctions where the firearm sold. That tells you what people are willing to pay. Guns America is a pretty good source to get an idea as to asking prices but not necessarily what someone will pay. Good for a ballpark figure.

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