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pappyhat
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USA
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Posted - 03/29/2009 :  2:49:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a .22 cal top break 7 shot USRC revolver. It is chrome plated and looks in good condition. It is double action. SN 254XX. It has black grips with "US" on top of grip. Could anybody give me any history and approximate worth of this pistol.

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11b6r
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USA
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Posted - 03/29/2009 :  8:53:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mr. Bill Goforth, the most knowledgable man in the universe on Iver Johnsons, may be along presently (PS- that IS sincere praise for Bill)

In the meantime, US Revolver was a brand used by Iver Johnson for a cheaper line of handguns- I THINK from about 1910-1935. I have a few of their little 32 revolvers, and they are kinda cute. And that is not chrome, but nickel plating.

Would not begin to hazard a guess as to value WITHOUT PICTURES- but these were not high dollar guns to begin with, and have mostly remained so. They WERE the gun of a working stiff, were well made, but were basic guns.

"Minds are like parachutes. Just because you've lost yours doesn't mean you can borrow mine."

Edited by - 11b6r on 03/29/2009 8:54:36 PM
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b.goforth
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Posted - 03/30/2009 :  1:54:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
there are two different models of the U.S. Revolver Co. handguns; double action is a solid frame and automatic is a top break.

U.S. REVOLVER CO. DOUBLE ACTION------------------------------1911-1935
This revolver was manufactured by Iver Johnson’s Arms & Cycle Works for sale through mail order catalogs. Like the top break version it was never listed in any Iver Johnson’s Arms & Cycle Works catalog. Features an unfluted cylinder and round barrel in all lengths, grip panels are hard rubber with U S at the top; oversize two piece hard rubber grips were also offered. Offered in three frame sizes and four calibers, the standard barrel length was 2 ½ inches on all frame sizes. Calibers: small frame .22 rimfire with 7 rounds cylinder capacity, medium frame .32 centerfire with 5 rounds cylinder capacity, large frame .32 centerfire with 6 rounds cylinder capacity, .38 centerfire with 5 rounds, cylinder capacity: Weight: small frame with 2 ½ inch barrel 10 ½ ounces, medium frame with 2 ½ inch barrel 12 ounces, large frame with 2 ½ inch barrel 17 ounces; Height: small frame 3 3/8 inches, medium frame 3 ½ inches, large frame 3 7/8 inches; Frame length: small frame 4 inches, medium frame 4 ¼ inches, large frame 4 7/8 inches; Overall length: small frame with 2 ½ inch barrel 6 inches, medium frame with 2 ½ inch barrel 6 1/8 inches, large frame with 2½ inch barrel 6¾ inches.
DOES NOT HAVE HAMMER THE HAMMER ACTION;
VALUE; 100%=$125 60%=$75

U.S. REVOLVER CO. AUTOMATIC HAMMER------------------1910-1935
LARGE FRAME AND SMALL FRAME DOES NOT HAVE HAMMER THE HAMMER ACTION; This is a Brand name revolver manufactured by Iver Johnson’s Arms & Cycle Works to be sold through the wholesale trade. It was never listed in any Iver Johnson’s Arms & Cycle Works catalog, although it was listed in some European catalogs as original Iver Johnson products. Does not have Hammer the Hammer action and relies on a safety notch on the hammer. Hard rubber grip panels with U S at the top, large oversize two piece hard rubber grips were optional. Two frame sizes and three calibers were offered. Standard barrel length: small frame 3 inches, large frame 3 ¼ inches; Calibers: large frame 38 centerfire with 5 rounds cylinder capacity, small frame .32 centerfire with 5 rounds cylinder capacity, .22 rimfire with 7 rounds cylinder capacity Weight: small frame .22 rimfire 12 ounces, small frame .32 centerfire 12 ½ ounces, large frame .38 centerfire 17 ¾ ounces; Height: small frame 3 ¾ inches, large frame 3 7/8 inches; Frame length: small frame 4 3/16 inches, large frame 5 inches; Overall length: small frame with 3 inch barrel 6 3/8 inches, large frame with 3 ¼ inches 7 3/8 inches. Main serial number location on left side of grip frame grips must be removed to see.
VALUE: 100%=$225 60%=$105

U.S. REVOLVER CO. AUTOMATIC HAMMERLESS-----------------------1910-1935
LARGE FRAME AND SMALL FRAME DOES NOT HAVE HAMMER THE HAMMER ACTION; Brand name revolver manufactured by Iver Johnson’s Arms & Cycle Works for the wholesale trade. This revolver does not have Hammer the Hammer action, but it does have a rebounding hammer that the hammer version does not. Blue or nickel finishes were offered. Offered in two frame sizes and two calibers only. Standard barrel length: small frame 3 inches, large frame 3 ¼ inches; Calibers: small frame .32 centerfire with 5 rounds cylinder capacity, large frame .38 centerfire with 5 rounds cylinder capacity; Weight: small frame with 3 inch barrel 12 ½ ounces, large frame with 3 ¼ inch barrel 18 ounces; Height: small frame 3 ¾ inches, large frame 3 7/8 inches; Frame length: small frame 4 3/16 inches, large frame 5 inches: Overall length: small frame with 3 inch barrel 6 3/8 inches, large frame with 3 ¼ inch barrel 7 3/8 inches. . Main serial number location on left side of grip frame grips must be removed to see.
VALUE: 100%=$225 60%=$105

as stated in the above information the main serial number location is on the left side of the grip frame under the grip panel, this is where any letter code prefix to the serial number will be found and the location that can be used to correctly identify year of manufacture.
bill
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pappyhat
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Posted - 04/01/2009 :  6:01:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thankyou very much for the information, much appreciated.

PAPPYHAT
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