H&R .32, year and value?

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  1. db4usa

    db4usa New Member

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    I was cleaning out my safe the other day and came across this piece that I forgot I had. There are no caliber markings on the left side of the barrel. Pat. dates are...Oct. 4-'89, Apr. 2-'95, Apr.7-'96 verbatum. The serial # under the left side of the pearl grip and top of the backstrap latch is...08334 with the corresponding #334 on the cylinder. The gun is in remarkable condition, locks up tight, trigger spring, etc. with a very small pit spot above the tilt hinge. I bought it from a friend many years ago and never realized the dates were a reference to the 1800's (it's in that good of condition). I thought it was a modern smokeless powder weapon. As a reloader, I determined it to be a .32 S&W and carefully fired 1 round through it, cleaned it and put it away. From what I've read on here about these, I was lucky as it is a BP cartidge gun. The cylinder does free spin when the case hardened hammer is in safety cock. Any info on this pistol will be appreciated.

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    H&R PREMER FIRST MODEL SMALL FRAME TOP BREAK
    (BLACK POWDER)--------------1895-1904
    Small fame double action top break revolver with double top post barrel latch; calibers and cylinder capacity, 22 rimfire-7 rounds, 32 centerfire-5 rounds; Free wheeling cylinder (no automatic cylinder stop); standard finish Nickel with case harden hammer and barrel latch; standard barrel length 3 inches, with 4, 5 and 6 inches available as optional; features a scaled down version of the new frame and double action mechanism introduced in 1890 on the Auto-Ejecting Second Model, does not have caliber marking on left
    NO CALIBER MARKINGS ON LEFT SIDE OF BARREL MANUFACTURED FOR BLACK POWDER CARTRIDGE PRESSURES
    First Variation, patent dates 10-4-87, 5-14-89, 2-23-92, serial number range 01*-15,000 (estimate)------1895-April 1896
    Second Variation, patent dates 10-4-87, 5-14-89, 4-2-95, 4-7-96, serial number range 15,000*-20,000* (estimate)-----------May 1896
    Third Variation, patent dates 10-4-87, 4-2-95, 4-7-96, serial number range 20,000* to 100,000* (estimate)-------------1897-1898
    Fourth Variation, automatic cylinder stop same patent dates as 3rd variation several different serial number series that may have letter codes---1899-1903
    Fifth Variation use different font in barrel markings and may have an A letter code in the serial number----------------------------------------------1904 -only
    VALUE: 100%=$285 60%=$75 Add 10% premium for blue finish; 20% premium 4”, 5” or 6” barrel; 20% premium for 22 rimfire caliber

    this is a first model 4th variation manufactured between 1899 and 1904.

    bill
  3. db4usa

    db4usa New Member

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    Thanks Bill for the reply and narrowing the mfg date down for me.
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