Re: H&R Handy Gun 32-20 8" Rifled Barrel
The H&R Handy-Gun was a smoothbore pistol, manufactured from 1921-1934 by the Harrington & Richardson Arms Company in Worcester, Massachusettes. It was primarily made in .410 and 28 gauges, with smooth bore barrel lengths of 20.32cm (8") or 31.12cm (12.25"). The Handy-Gun was made with an unusual tiger-stripe finish, simulating color case hardening. An extremely rare variation of the H&R Handy-Gun was made with a rifled barrel in both .32-20 WCF (Winchester Center-Fire) and .22 Rimfire calibers. There were only 100 Handy-Gun's made in the .32-20 WCF caliber using a 12.25" barrel. There are none known to have been made using the 8" barrel. Interestingly enough, these guns—if not equipped or accompanied by a shoulder stock—are not considered a 'firearm' under the National Firearms Act of 1934 and instead are classified as an AOW ( Any Other Weapon ). Possession and transfer of these requires an NFA Tax stamp under the NFA of 1934. If that is a factory barrel, and not one cut down by the owner, you would have an extremely rare and valueable piece. I would recommend you do some in depth research and contact some experts to verify exactly what you have.
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Last edited by FlashBang; 09-06-2012 at 09:16 AM..