H&R .22 DA Hammer Screw
Just inherited: 6-inch H&R .22 break down described as follows. Left side of barrel: H & R "Sportsman", below that is Double Action. Right side of barrel: 22 Long Rifle CTG. Top of barrel: Harrington & Richardson Arms Co. Below that : ->Worchester, Mass., USA <- Serial number has no alpha, simply a five digit nemeric: 330xx stamped on front of strap, and also on end of cylinder, first two digits near the extractor, and last three digits near outside edge. The grip is checked walnut one-piece attached by a single screw through the back, directly into the strap. The strap is interesting, in that the frame is curved down towards the front of the weapon like a large "comma". It is not shaped like any frame I have ever seen. Adjustable front and rear sights. Now my main question: The hammer screw, located on the left side of the frame directly below the hammer was loose. It would not unscrew all the way, simply rotating in place when loosened. In this position, however, the weapon could be cocked into a single action. When the screw was tightened all the way flush, however, it would operate only in double action. A gunsmith said the scrtew was not original, so I located one at First Jack and it turned out to be identical. I still can't fully remove the existing screw, but it does tighten securely. So, (first) should this be a double action only weapon? (Second) should the screw be totally removable. (Third), any ideas on the manufacture date - I've looked at various threads and am unclear about the whole serial number/marking decoding. Finally, once the screw was tightened the trigger began to stick back once pulled, and does not function smoothly. Perhaps a simple cleaning with a foam type cleaner will help, as the gunsmith recommended?? Apologies for the length of the post, but I tried to be comprehensive. I was unable to attach a photo from my iPad, so I will return later and try again from a laptop. Thanks for any and all advice.
Further reading in The Blue Book of Guns, Page 801, indicates this is a Model 999, 2nd Model, due to the unusual grips, and the barrel being tapered slabside. Manufactured 1934 - 1937. I believe this to be accurate, but anyone with more info please feel free to respond.
Last edited by Notbrown; 07-10-2012 at 10:46 PM..
Reason: More info.