Picked up an Iver Johnson .32 Smith & Wesson top-break 5 shot revolver fFor the kicks of it. I wanted a project I could restore, something that would be really neat. I've always loved top-break revolvers, reminds me of the cap guns I had as a kid. A guy I work with found this pistol in a patch of dirt out mine hunting one day, about 15 years ago. He says he kicked it in the dirt and saw the front sight. Then dug it out. I bought it from him for $40. The cylinder is a bit pitted, but for the most part the pistol is in sound shape. From what I can tell, it's a late (3rd) model made after 1911. It's missing some parts, that have rotted away completely. The entire gun was covered in a thick layer of rust. Here is the barrel assembly after some time with CLR. Need to polish up the old metal and re-blue it, and it'll be ready for parts and assembly. Think I'll make new grips for it. *edit to add* This has come a very time-intensive project, as they all do, lol. The pitting in the steel is very severe, especially in some places like the inside of the trigger guard, sides of the frame, trigger, and a side of the barrel. This has become a huge metal-working effort to remove all the pitting while still maintaining the strength of the pistol. Lots of dremel, sand, and buff. I'm going to follow the build of this pistol in this thread, rather than start a new one. Processes of restoration; remove rust (done) remove pitting (done) re-blue restore internals to working order Test fire adjust sights grips I've fell in love with an option that was available for a few years (1906-1908), the Bourne Knuckleduster grip. I'm still working on seeing if it's legal, if so though, I think I can fab something up like that. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!