What bullet type is recommended for a .22 pistol? The barrel reads:I.J.A.& C.WKS.FITCHBURG MASS USA-sealed 8?
What bullet type is recommended for a .22 pistol? The barrel reads "I.J.A.& C.WKS.FITCHBURG MASS USA", "I.J. Target Sealed 8". The gun was inherited from my granfather and I do not want to damage the 5 1/2" barrel by firing the wrong ammunition. Also, any ideas regarding the approx. age of this weapon? The serial number is M45331
Bound's hubby here:
First, your grandfather's pistol was manufactured by the Iver Johnson Arms & Cycle Works. Because the name includes the "Cycle Works" I would suspect the revolver was made pre-WWII and, possibly, pre-WWI. I am presuming this is a revolver and not a single shot pistol.
If it is a revolver it is either a "break top" revolver or a "pull out the pin pop out the cylinder" revolver. Iver Johnson's were economy oriented pistols. The second link actually addresses what ammunition to use. Before you try to fire this handgun, find a competent old-time gunsmith to check this handgun out for safety. According to the second link you should be able to use any standard velocity .22 ammo.
The Iver Johnson's company (first link) is currently nothing like it was in the past. We have included this link so you can contact them and they might be able to shed some light on your pistol.
By the way, you inherited the handgun and you probably do not have to register it. Also, this handgun may actually be considered a bonafide antique.
One more thing you may not be aware of... posting the entire serial number of a gun publicly is akin to posting your entire credit card number. It's just not something that you want to do.
Good luck and happy new year! Source(s): http://www.iverjohnsonarms.com/page4.htm...
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Register that heater! If it's a revolver than it makes no difference if you use a long or a short .22 If it's a semi auto use long rifle so it will **** it's self when fired
.22 longrifle. if you dont know anything about a gun . just remember to always be aware of where the barrel is aimed or could possibly be aimed.
I recommend long and also stay with same size ammo, don't switch back and forth from long to short.
Now there is a piece of history. It is a 22 lr and can handle 22 short, 22 long and 22 starter(blank) ammo. It will hold and shoot 22 shot ammo as well but I don't suggest it.. As far as age goes the model was built from 1919 to the late 1950s. If yours has a ring on the bottom of the grip it's an earlier model. if it has a large screw then it's a later model. after 1935 the ring was dropped.
They were not real expensive guns to buy. they ran $10 to $80. dollars during the span of manufacture. They are quality guns. Well built. I can't price the piece for you because I haven't seen your gun. I can tell you that at a minimum it's worth around $250.
Your serial number puts it pre 35 I think.
In all honesty It is a better heirloom than a trading or selling gun.
It is one to be proud of.
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