H & R 32 Age ?

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  1. Enfield

    Enfield New Member

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    Hi
    I just rently picked this little H & R up, I got ifor nothing as it was in a poor state and just about rusted up solid but it has clean up quite well.

    I had to make a new cylinder pin, hammer spring, grips and soak it for a few weeks followed by a good strip down and brush up.

    It is in 32 S&W is double action only and has "The American" on the top strap, has anyone got any info on it and an idea of age would be great

    Cheers

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  2. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

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    here is the information i have on the two models of this H&R.

    AMERICAN DOUBLE ACTION FIRST MODEL
    (BLACK POWDER MODEL):--------------------------------- 1884-1904
    32 caliber 6 shot, 38 caliber 5 shot, 44 caliber 5 shot, pull pin cylinder release, barrel length 2½, 4½ & 6 inches nickel finish standard, blue considered rare. Marked on top strap “AMERICAN DOUBLE ACTION”,
    first variation will have a round barrel & nickel trigger guard----------1884-1887
    second variation will have a octagon barrel & nickel trigger guard-----1888-1897
    third variation will have a octagon barrel , blue trigger guard and company name and address on left side of barrel------1898-1904
    100%=$225 60%=$95, 1st Variation rarely seen, add 50% premium., for all American Double Actions variations and variants: add 15% premium for blue finish, add 10% premium for 4 ½ “ or 6” barrel, add 5%-10% premium for nickel trigger guard (pre 1898)

    AMERICAN DOUBLE ACTION SECOND MODEL
    (SMOKELESS POWDER) -----------------------------------------1905-1941
    32 caliber 6 shot, 38 caliber 5 shot, 44 caliber 5 shot, pull pin cylinder release, calibers and barrel lengths are the same as first model, 44 Webley caliber discontinued in 1921, nickel finish, blue optional. Difference between First Model and Second Model is the caliber Markings on the left side of the barrel. After 1930 this model was listed in catalogs as; AMERICAN DOUBLE ACTION No. 60 .32 Caliber 6 shot and AMERICAN DOUBLE ACTION No. 65 .38 Caliber 5 shot
    100%=$225 60%= $75 For all American Double Action Second Models add 15% premium for blue finish and 10% for 4 ½” or 6” barrel

    only the second model (smokeless powder) will have the caliber marked on the left side of the barrel.
    bill
  3. Enfield

    Enfield New Member

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    Thanks for that Bill - really interesting