Re: H&R Incorporated .38 S&W Defender worth?
AC = 1966
The "bobbed" (my phrase not H&R's) frames were specially modified to take that odd shapped "bird's head" one piece grip - only found (so far) on the Model 925s and derivatives - such as your piece, and the 4" .22 that I pictured. The "original" M925s had a square butt and took two piece wooden grip panels. Later, the Model 925 was only made with the 2 1/2" barrel and the "bird's head" grip with modified grip frame. The grip on your gun is the one that is supposed to be on your gun. Are they any good? I guess that's up to the user.
The original H&R Inc. went out of business in Jan. of 1986. Successor companies were NEF and H&R 1871 (took over the NEF business in 1991) - all of which was sold to Marlin in 2000, which was subsequently sold to Remington in 2008. Neither Marlin nor Remington made/makes any H&R labeled handguns - only single barrel shotguns and rifles.
You're welcome - glad to help out.
Jim Hauff ~ H&R Collector In Memory of Bill Goforth and Jim Ritchie