Re: H&R Premier 7 shot .22 top break revolver ?
the premier is a second model third variation. the catalogs of the era advertized this revolver as being chambered for the 22 short, 22 Long or 22 S&W Long (i have never this cartridge) only the large fram top break 22 Special was advertized as being chambered for the 22 Long Rifle cartridge
H&R PREMER SECOND MODEL SMALL FRAME TOP BREAK R.F. & C.F. ----------1905-1941
Small fame double action top break revolver with double top post barrel latch; calibers and cylinder capacity, 22 rimfire-7 rounds, 32 S&W, 5 rounds; automatic cylinder stop; standard finish Nickel with case harden hammer and barrel latch; standard barrel length 3 inches, with 2, 4, 5 and 6 inches available as optional;
HAS CALIBER MARKINGS ON LEFT SIDE OF BARREL WAS MANUFACTURED FOR SMOKELESS POWDER CARTRIDGE PRESSURES.
There has not been enough data gathered on serial number to try to come up with a serial number range for the different variations.
First Variation, model name & caliber marked on left side of barrel,
patent dates 5-14-89, 4-2-95, 4-7-96----1905-Only
Second Variation, model name & caliber marked on left side of barrel,
patent dates 4-2-95, 4-7-96-------------1906-1908
Third Variation, caliber only marked on left side of barrel,
patent date 10-8-95---------------------1909-1913
Fourth Variation, caliber only marked on left side of barrel,
no patent date, state not spelled out in address (MASS)--1904-1915
Fifth Variation, caliber only marked on left side of barrel
same as 4th except different font used in barrel markings---1914-1915
Sixth Variation, caliber only marked on left side of barrel.
State name in barrel marking spelled out (MASSACHUSETTS)---1916-1924
Seventh Variation, new grip frame,
there is no step down for the grip panels to fit into------------1925-1942
After 1930 listed in catalogs as; PREMIER No. 30 .22 Rimfire 7 shot PREMIER No. 35.32 S&W 5 shot
VALUE: 100%=$265 60%=$75 Add 10% premium for blue finish; 20% premium 4”, 5” or 6” barrel; 20% premium for 22 rimfire caliber; 10% premium for 7th variation
i would like to ask for help. i realize some people have an aversion to posting full serial number but as a researcher i must tell everyone that partial serial numbers are of no help. only full numbers can be used to try to determine serial number ranges of the different variations of this or other revolvers.
Last edited by b.goforth; 01-04-2009 at 01:06 PM..