Re: H&R Defender 38 (& relatives) Research
That's a magnificent display, Mr. Hauff! During this period, H&R was turning out really beautiful guns, at least in its better models.
My Defender 38 is most like the one that is captioned as a "2nd Variation", with the brown plastic grips. Mine differs mainly in having black plastic grips. It does have the thin hammer and the concave thumb pieces on the top-latch. Yours seems to have odd cuts in the frame at the front edges of the cylinder - are those unusual?
The only other point of note is that the "16" stamp seems to be under the bluing rather than through it. I will try to put up pictures of the gun if I can take some decent ones.
Just as a side note - years ago, when I had a Webley Mk IV 38, the only ammunition I could get for it was 146 grain 38 S&W. Now that I have this Defender, the only ammunition for it that does not cost like a moon shot is FN 178 grain 38 Enfield! Murphy's Law, I guess.
Last edited by Lanrezac; 09-21-2011 at 06:04 PM..