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U.S. Revolver Co.

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JEB
Joined: January 1900
Posts: 389
Posted: October 6, 2013 03:12 AM
In shop for repair, a vintage U.S. Revolver Co. 38 cal, hammerless pistol. I have determined it was mfg. by Iver Johnson. Grips are marked U.S.  top of barrel is stamped U.S. Revolver Co. Made in USA. I can find no serial # at all on it. It is in I would say, 90% original condition, with bluing the same. Action seems to function fine. It is missing the firing pin, and FP bushing which appears to be a threaded insert piece that goes into the frame. Can anyone point me in the right direction for this part? Cant seem to make heads or tails out of the GPC Catalog on this one. Many thanks....Jeb.
Ezequiel
Joined: August 2011
Posts: 5695
Posted: October 6, 2013 10:10 AM

Jeb, Bill Goforth's book on IJ firearms shows 3 guns marked US  REVOLVER CO. Two of them are top-breaks. The first is called: US Revolver Co Automatic Hammer Model 1910-1935. There ar two frame sizes  large and small and it was made in calibers .22RF...32 S&W and .38 S&W

The second is called  US Revolver Co Automatic Hammerless Model 1910-1935, Again, two frame sizes..large and small with the small being a .32 S&W and the large a .38 S&W

 The thrid is called the  US Revolver Co Double Action 1911-1935, made in 2 frame sizesd..larege and small....except there is a bit of confusion in that when Bill listed the chamberings...this is what he posted.

Frame size   Caliber   Cylinder capacity  Weight W/ standard bbl   OAL w/standard bbl

Small          .22RF      7                         10 1/2 OZ                          6"

MEDIUM       .32 S&W  5                        12 OZ                            6 1/8"

Large         .32 S&W Long   6                 17 OZ                            6 3/4"

Large         .38 S&W           5                 17 OZ                            6 3/4"

 That says 3 frame sizes to me,but the text says only 2. The point is that this may affect the parts availabe and the ones that fit. BTW, for those that don't know  "Automatic" in this case refers to cartridge case extraction.

In the catalog section of Bill's book, there is a listing for all 3 revolvers....The top-breaks appear to be a neavier framed and barreled gun, while the solid frame appears to be more like a typical blank firing handgun in that the cylinder rod is unprotected and the barrel is thin in appearence. The picture shows an unfluted cylinder

 That said, I think your gun..if it is the solid frame model is listed by GPC as: Model 1900 which listes the cals .22,.32 and .38 and the notation reads: Most parts available for all  other model Iver Johnson and U.S. Revolvers.  nd a statement saying that you must stae caliber and...if possible...include a sketch of the needed parts  However...the Illustrated Parts Breakdown shows two hammers and both have FP mounted on them  One is for CF and the other RF. There is no FP bushing shown or listed. However, the listing for the Hammerless version show a FP #524310 and a part called: "Firing Pin Nut" .32 and .38 cal. #524370

 There is also a IPB and parts list for the OLD MODEL SAFETY HAMMER, .22 and .32 small frame and .38 Large Frame which carries the ID note on US Revolvers. Neither illustrated hammer show a mounted FP. but the parts list shows a FP for a .38 to be #524310A and a Firing Pin Nut to be #524370A. All this has some beatring on your parts search in that there are several such named firearms and that can lead to some confusion when you try to ascertain if the seller has the Exact part you need. Sadly I have no other specific source for IJ parts...but  "RON" is an H&R specialists and,often, such persons often become involved with other brands of similar firearms  he may have what you need or he may know who does.Check at:E-Mail to: mailto:ronmar68@comcast.net

and  try our old friends at      mailto:armatt@aol.com

JEB
Joined: January 1900
Posts: 389
Posted: October 6, 2013 11:50 PM

Zeke, thanks for the multitude of info. I am trying to send some pics of these revolvers to you on FB.

Ezequiel
Joined: August 2011
Posts: 5695
Posted: October 7, 2013 09:57 AM

It seems that "trying" is the optimum word here...recieved a note from you on FB  I'll have to dig around for photos