Yes, this is my first post. I've been lurking for a long time and enjoyed the wealth of information here. I am a C&R guy, and have a number of eastern bloc rifles and US milsurp rifles and 1911s. I do a fair amount of restoration and repair but am not a smith. You might say I know enough to get myself in trouble. Please forgive that my first post is one requesting help.
My neighbor brought me an old H&R Top Break to repair as he is thinking about refinishing it and making it a display piece. I gave him the usual news that these are not very valuable or rare and if he wants to refinish it, go right ahead. Just don't shoot it. But then I got to looking at it and it may actually be a fairly unique model. So, I have two questions:
1) Can anyone confirm/deny my ID of this model?
2) Can somebody help me understand re-assembly of the trigger?
Here are the facts:
Barrel stamp has no patent date.
"Worcester MASS USA"
Very low serial # 2893 on butt and under barrel. No letter codes.
Full nickle finish, including trigger and guard
freewheel cylinder that is pinned rather than screwed on
original floral grip pattern
I believe this to be a Manual Ejecting Top Break 1st Model from 1885.
It cleaned up nicely and I am ready to re-assemble, but I neglected to take a pic of the assembled trigger before taking it apart <sigh>. I'm a bit stuck.
The trigger return did not work, but the spring was not broken ... just sacked out. I heated it with a torch and quenched it a few times to re-spring it. Seems to have worked.
I found Wolff has a few kits with various springs ... does anyone know if the kits contain these old leaf type springs?
To save some bandwidth, here is one photo, and following that a link to all the photos I took before and after dis-assembly.
All the H&R Top Break Photos
Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance. I hope I can return the information favor here someday.