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Iver Johnson Viking 32 long Snub ?? Is it Rare?

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by JesusDaExorcist, Oct 28, 2019.

  1. JesusDaExorcist

    JesusDaExorcist Member

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    I just got this thing for $150 . Everything is in working order and tight. Very good condition overall for its age. It’s labeled 32 s&w but the cylinder looks large enough that it’s actually 32 s&w long. Also ive looked all over the internet and haven’t found one quite like mine. Anybody have any idea on how limited of a run this was and how much it may actually be worth ? See pics
     

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    It may be quite rare (Ive never seen one exactly like it either) but there just isnt much collector interest in top-breaks from IJ or H&R, and the price and scarcity of ammo takes it out of the economical shooter catagory.

    I think you paid a fair price it. Neato.
     
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    Oh, and welcome to the forum!
     
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    Thanks! Already liking the easy upload of this forum compared to some knife forum I tried lol it was almost impossible to upload photos
     
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  5. OldIron86

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    Let me know if you find another at that price!
     
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    Geez Louise it seems not a day goes by that someone doesn't have a 'what's this?' question about Iver Johnsons. I did not expect to be leafing through W.E. Goforth's book that often, when I bought it!

    Well nemmine that... ol' W.E. has a few paragraphs on the Viking. He says they were in production from 1964 to '74, but no info on how many. They were offered in .22RF, .32 and .38CF. The .38's were .38S&W (not 'Special'), but he doesn't say if the .32's were S&W or long. My guess would be the former, but the only way to tell for sure, absent a cartridge to test-fit, is to make a chamber cast.
     
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  7. gunlaw

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    These are pretty neat old revolvers. I have one in 22 long rifle. Keep an eye on the rear sight blade. They like to come out. If you lose it you will hav a hard time finding a replacement. Overall the Iver Johnson and H&R are a good way to get into gun collecting on a budget.
     
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  8. gunlaw

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    Also 32 S&W long not scarce or all that expensive. Parvi is usually available somewhere.
     
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  9. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

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    I've never seen one of those. I have to look it up when I get home see if I can add anything to the conversation.
     
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    And yes prvi makes 32 sw long
     
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    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

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    They aren't terribly collectable, the price you paid is fair for a pistol in such good condition.
     
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    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

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    H&R and Iver Johnson often get dismissed as Saturday night specials, but they were very well made guns.
     
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    Good little guns, and about the right price for it. Even the snub is pretty mild in .32 S&W or .32 S&W Long.
     
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    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

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    My resource book says centerfire cals only made post 64, ended in 75, 32 S&W. Not 32 S&W Long.

    Says it actually has a chrome lined bore. Should be a durable shooter.
     
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    32 S&W is not the same as 32 SWL, so go accordingly.
     
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