Re: Question: H&R 999 Sportsman
L is 1951.
SPORTSMAN DOUBLE ACTION MODEL 999 LARGE FRAME TOP BREAK
.22 LR or .22 WRF cal., 7 (.22 WRF cal.) or 9 shot, blue finish, 6 in. ribbed barrel, safety rim cylinder, automatic cylinder stop, adj. rear sight, three different front sights - fixed full blade, Partridge type, and Partridge type pinned to barrel top rib, finger rest trigger guard, one-piece oversized checkered walnut grips, birds-head grip frame (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. Mfg. 1932-1952.
Early production until about 1933 the letter code "D" was used to denote double action.
First Variation; round heavy weight ribbed barrel with non-adjustable front sight blade - 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.
Eighth Variation; one piece over size plastic grips are standard, limited production during WWII years - 1942-1952.
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