I just recently acquired a H&R 32 Hammerless Top-Break Revolver at a gun show in Ohio. This gun is marked 32 S&W CTGE on the left side of the barrel, and it is clearly chambered for the 32 S&W Long cartridge. The top of the barrel is marked HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON ARMS CO. WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, U.S.A. There are no patent markings on the gun. It is a 6 shot revolver w/auto extractor and has a 5" barrel, which is an unusual length for a top-break revolver. This gun has a nickel finish with blued barrel latch, trigger and guard. Serial number is 172410 and all numbers on the gun match. The grip frame is round butt, not square. The grips are the original H&R target logo and they are hard black-plastic square-butt extension type.
This gun is in excellent condition, and I would rate it at about 95%. Bore and chambers appear to be perfect. No rust or pits. This gun has been used but well taken good care of. Barrel latch and cylinder lock-up are tight.
The Standard Catalog of Firearms and Flayderman's says this is a Model 2. The Blue Book of Gun Values is much more helpful. It says it is a Automatic Ejecting 3rd Model designed for smokeless powder. It list five variations to this model. My gun is either a 4th or 5th variation which would put it somewhere between 1916-1941.
I would like to find out when this gun was made and any other information about it.
Any comments out there.
Would greatly appreciate help from the expert b.goforth!