H&R .32 top break// year????

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  1. ladykatana

    ladykatana New Member

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    I posted my question in the wrong place, I wanted this cat, but posted in centerfire revolvers. Any way, I have an H&R and would really like help figuring out how old it is. It has Harrington & RichardsonArms co. WORCHESTER, MASS. U.S.A. in two lines on the top of the barrel. 32 s&w ctge is on the side of the barrel. The nickle finish is near perfect. It has a 4 inch barrel, safty hammer, and is a six shot. Serial # on the strap is 30130X. It fires like it's brand new, and looks new too. I know looks can be decieving, but I would really like to know what year the gun was made, and how much it may be worth. I couldn't get the pictures to load on this post, check out my other post in centerfire revolvers for a couple pics.
  2. ladykatana

    ladykatana New Member

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    I finally got the picture to load. Forgive me every one I am new to forums.

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  3. b.goforth

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    AUTOMATIC EJECTING THIRD MODEL (SMOKELESS POWDER)------1905-1940
    Auto-ejecting mechanism, Calibers 32 S&W Long, 6 shot cylinder capacity, 38 S&W caliber 5 shot cylinder capacity, hard rubber grip panels with
    Target Logo, nickel finish (blue optional), barrel lengths of 2½ (rare), 3¼ (standard), 4, 5 & 6 inches available, top of barrel markings include company
    name and address and early production has patent dates, the one recognizable difference in the Second and Third Models is the caliber is marked on the
    left side of the barrel on the Third Model
    “IF IT HAS A CALIBER MARKED ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE BARREL THEN IT WAS MANUFACTURED FOR SMOKELESS POWDER”
    First Variation 4 patent dates (5-14 & 8-6-89, 4-2-95, 4-7-97) model name and caliber on left side of barrel------------1905-1908
    Second Variation 2 patent dates (8-6-89 and 10-8-95) model name and caliber on left side of barrel----------------------1909-1912
    Third Variation no patent dates the name of the state is marked as MASS-----------------------------------------------------1913-1915
    Fourth Variation no patent dates the state name of Massachusetts is spelled---------------------------------------------------1916-1924
    Fifth Variation new grip frame, it is now the same size as the rest of the frame with no step down for the grip panel—1925-1941
    After 1931 listed in Catalogs as: AUTOMATIC EJECTING No. 10 .32 S&W LONG CALIBER 6 shots
    After 1931 listed in Catalogs as; AUTOMATIC EJECTING No. 25 .38 S&W CALIBER 5 shots
    After 1932 listed in Catalogs as: AUTOMATIC EJECTING No. 20..38 S&W CALIBER 5 shots
    VALUE: 100%=$235 60%=$85 For all Auto-Ejecting 3rd Models; add 75% premium for 2½” barrel; add 25% for 4”, 5” & 6” barrels; add 15% for blue finish;

    most likely this third model was manufactured in the 1914 to 1917 era.
    bill
  4. ladykatana

    ladykatana New Member

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    Thanks alot. From what I could find in searches 1915 is what I came up with. There's not a whole lot of info about the old H&Rs. It's nice to get an answer from someone who knows what they are talking about(had some bad experiences).:D
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    b.goforth New Member

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    for your information,
    a 1916 price list shows standard model cost $4.25 and one with 4 inch barrel and oversize target grips (hard rubber) cost $5.50.
    bill