i also have an ivers Johnson cycles and Arms "sealed 8" .22 revolver that barely fires on all cylinders and was made in the 40's(has seen better days)
I will keep this and some .22 ammo around if things are really bad. to trade with...now you may be saying "are you crazy?!, why give somebody else a gun?!?"
first, if things are bad enough, i'll trade it in a heartbeat for necessities. secondly, and most inportantly, I ALWAYS have another working gun close to me.(especially at the bargaining table)
-fix the revolver so that it does not fire
-use the revolver as a blue chip in trading(last resort)
-make sure that the other party doesnt try to crawfish the deal
-offer to trade him parts for the revolver so that he can actually use it.(leverage)
-walk away without geting shot in the back with your own revolver
same thing with any weapon-dont hesitate to trade it for water or meds as a last resort, just take the firing pins out.
make sense? i hope so because firearms and ammo should fetch a premium price if the shtf and we are in it for the longhaul.
nowthat I reload, I will also make some dummy rounds(duds that look real)-make them so that they do not work and dip the bullet nose in blue paint so that i dont confuse it with live ammo. same for 12 ga ammo.
burning bridges is better than getting shot in the back.