Re: H&R "SPORTSMAN"
SPORTSMAN DOUBLE ACTION MODEL 999 LARGE FRAME TOP BREAK --1932-1952
Large frame double action top break revolver; Caliber 22 rimfire (short, long & long rifle) cylinder capacity 9 rounds, 22 Winchester Rim Fire (WRF) cylinder capacity 7 rounds; Safety rim cylinder; blue finish only; barrel length 6 inches (ribbed); Automatic cylinder stop; Sights: rear adjustable for windage only, Three different front sights used, full Blade, Partridge type & Partridge type pinned to barrel top rib, all non-adjustable; Finger rest trigger guard; One piece oversized checkered Walnut grips (birds head grip frame shape, Rice frame); frame mounted firing pin, hammer face is flat. Cylinder release is long pivoting lever on right side of frame (there are two different version of this). Serial numbered in its own series from 01 up to
at least 89761 by the end of 1939. Starting in 1940 letter codes were used. Early production until about 1933 the letter code “D” was used to denote double action
First Variation; round heavy weight ribbed barrel with Blade non-adjustable front sight -----1932- to before April 18,1933
Second Variation; adjustable front sight-----1933 (after 4-18-1933)-
Third Variation; firing pin moved to hammer------------1934
Fourth Variation; three inch barrel was offered ---------1935
Fifth Variation; two patent dates marked on cylinder (before there was only one) ---1936 (after 3-17)-1937
Sixth Variation; top of barrel markings moved to right side of barrel ---1937-1939
Seventh Variation; 22 WFR caliber dropped, 3 inch barrel dropped ---1940-1941
Eight Variation; one piece over size plastic grips are standard, limited production during WWII years-----------1942-1952
VALUE: 100%=$425 60%= $195 Add 15% premium for 1st Variation; %0% for 22WRF caliber; 30% for 3” barrel (scarce) (See Post 1952 Section for Models 2 & 3)
jim estimate as to age is good enough for me.