Re: H&R model 949
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Your Model 949 was made in 1974 and is a 2nd Model, with the transfer bar safety/ignition system. It is basically a Model 922, 9 shot, .22 cal, solid frame, DA/SA, pull-pin cylinder release revolver dressed-up in Western style features. The 1st Model was first offered in 1961 with a hammer mounted firing pin.
The original H&R Arms Co/ H&R Inc. fell into terminal bankruptcy in Feb. 1986. Your gun was one of the last series of models, of which there are about a dozen or so, made during the last 12 years of the company's existence. New England Firearms was resurrected from the ruins of H&R Inc. around 1987-88 time period, as a holding company to manufacturing rights and manufactured a limited number of models of the more recent H&R designed revolvers, but mostly single barrel/single shot shotguns and rifles. Around 1991, another holding company H&R 1871 LLC, managed to secure more of the remaining manufacturing rights to the H&R firearms, absorbed NEF as a subsidiary brand name and produced a more extensive line of "modern" revolvers and single barrel shotguns and rifles until the entire remaining assets of H&R Inc. as well as H&R 1871 was purchased by Marlin Firearms company in late 1999.
In V.Good to excellent condition, the 2nd Model 949s are currently selling at RETAIL in the $195 - $225 range. They are good sturdy, reasonably accurate guns with panache added by the loading gate and side ejector and western style grips.
Jim Hauff ~ H&R Collector In Memory of Bill Goforth and Jim Ritchie