Re: H & R .22 Revolvers
As a collector or H&R Firearms, I currently own a couple dozen Sportsman revolvers covering the entire production span from circa 1931-32, up through the 1990s and I have owned about 20 others, besides having had the opportunity to examine dozens of other pieces first hand - this said to provide some degree of confidence in my assessment.
All the above being said - it is my considered OPINION, that as the manufacture of H&R Sportsman models progressed through the post WW2 era, the finishing touches, both externally as well as internally, show a subtle but progressive decline. The polishing becomes less fine and the lockwork becomes less refined; fit of parts and grips doen't seem to be quite as good. This is a generalized statement. Again, my OPINION is that as production dates get closer to the end of production in 1986, there is a noticeable decline. The finest fit and finish (mirror like polishing and smooth as silk lock work) belongs to the pre-WW2 era guns. Ironically, today's market values favor the more recently produced pieces. I am not saying that 1960s, '70s or later Sportsman revolvers are not good shooters or "investments" - I'm saying that they don't seem to me to be AS GOOD as earlier ones. Lots of words, early in the morning here, not enough coffee perhaps - I hope this helps. Any other questions? Please ask!
Jim Hauff ~ H&R Collector In Memory of Bill Goforth and Jim Ritchie