Iver Johnson is one of the most innovative and prolific popular-priced firearms makers to have made their
mark in the US firearms market. Many features one may find in the most modern firearms, such as hammer-blocking
safety "transfer" bars, the "trigger safety within the trigger" similar to the Glock, and even the recessed
cylinder chambers to enclose the cartridge rims, were found on IJ revolvers in the late 1890's and early 1900's.
IJ was not a "cheap" firearm, but rather a mid-priced brand. It was less than most S&W and Colt guns of
similar design, but more than the Hopkins & Allen, H&R, Forehand & Wadsworth, and a host of other brands
which were sold in the same era.
An interesting fact is that many of the "competitive" brands were actually manufactured by Iver Johnson! Entire
lines of lower priced revolvers were marketed through hardware companies and catalog mail order houses under
different names, but in many cases use the same parts and grip frames as IJ models which were being replaced
by a new version. This means your "Secret Service" or H&A revolver might take one of the IJ grips! Send a
pencil tracing, and I'll see if I can match it with a standard IJ grip! This works out especially well if
the grip is a smooth finish, without logo. The famous "Owl's Head" logo is only one of the many styles of
grips used on original IJ guns. Early blackpowder guns had the owl facing forward at an angle from vertical,
and later smokeless guns of similar design but better steel had the owl facing straight out, vertically. But
since grips are usually interchangeable between the two styles, don't rely on that to determine if your gun
can safely fire smokeless loads! If there is any doubt, don't!
Stock items (medallions, screws, specials) usually ship within 10 days.
I can't promise a specific ship date, as it will vary with circumstances. If you can't wait, please don't order! I'm working as fast as possible.
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