Johnson & Bye "Defender", .32 RF Pocket Revolver
Iver Johnson and Martin Bye were partners until 1883, at which time Johnson bought out Bye's shares and changed the name of his company to Iver Johnson Arms and Cycle Works, moving to Fitchburg, MS in 1891. The "Defender" was made before 1889, while Johnson was still at Worcester, MS. At that time, Johnson added the year's number to the name and it became known as the "Defender '89".
This small pocket revolver is typical of the 1880's "Suicide Specials". It is a single-action, spur-trigger gun of mediocre quality, chambered for the .32 long rim fire cartridge. The gun is in fine condition, the action works properly and the bore and chambers are clean. It retains about 85% of its nickel plating with traces of blue on the hammer and trigger. The hard rubber grips are very fine with minimal wear and no cracks or missing chips. 2 1/2 inch barrel, SN 1629, rated fine overall.


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