H&R Sportsman 22 LR

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  1. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

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    H&R used the letter codes AE in 1968. this would make your M999 a second model.

    MODEL 999 SPORTSMAN FIRST MODEL ------------------1932-1952

    MODEL 999 SPORTSMAN SECOND MODEL (NEW FRAME)---------1953-1972
    Top Break, Double Action, 22 Long Rifle Caliber, 9 shot, Blue Finish, Barrel Length 6 inches, Adjustable Sights
    VALUE: NIB:=$425, 95%=$365, 60%=$195

    MODEL 999 SPORTSMAN THIRD MODEL
    (TRANSFER BAR IGNITION)--------------------------------1973-1986
    Top Break, Double Action, 22 Long Rifle Caliber, 9 shot, Blue Finish, Barrel Length 4 & 6 inches (4 inch not added until 1979, Adjustable Sights. In 1979 Only the Model name was advertised as Model 999 Automatic-Ejecting and it was offered in that year only in 32 S&W Long caliber, 6 shot.
    VALUE: NIB:=$425, 95%=$350, 60%=$175

    bill
  2. Mouton

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    GF: Thanks for the reply. Do you have any suggestions about the misfires?

    Vince
  3. b.goforth

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    the most common cause of misfires in H&R revolvers of this era are caused by the hammer spring. remove the grips and check the plastic head on the hammer spring guide rod. if broken new one are available. another area to look at is the firing pin attached to the hammer, if worn a new hammer is the only cure.
    bill
  4. Mouton

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    Will do, thanks again.

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  5. HEVENER123

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    HI I have a H&R sportsman 999 serial number y8657. Can anyone advise a year of manufacture. Thanks Shawn
  6. b.goforth

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    H&R used the "Y" letter code in 1962

    MODEL 999 SPORTSMAN SECOND MODEL (NEW FRAME)-----------1953-1972
    Top Break, Double Action, 22 Long Rifle Caliber, 9 shot, Blue Finish, Barrel Length 6 inches, Adjustable Sights
    VALUE: NIB:=$425, 95%=$365, 60%=$195

    MODEL 999 SILVER SPORTSMAN----------------------------1963-1966
    Top Break, Double Action, 22 Long Rifle Caliber, 9 shot, Chrome Finish, Barrel Length 6 inches only, serial number letter codes Z, AA, AB only
    VALUE: (very seldom seen) 100%=$450 60%=$325

    MODEL 999 SPORTSMAN THIRD MODEL
    (TRANSFER BAR IGNITION)--------------------------------------1973-1986
    Top Break, Double Action, 22 Long Rifle Caliber, 9 shot, Blue Finish, Barrel Length 4 & 6 inches (4 inch not added until 1979, Adjustable Sights. In 1979 Only the Model name was advertised as Model 999 Automatic-Ejecting and it was offered in that year only in 32 S&W Long caliber, 6 shot.
    VALUE: NIB:=$425, 95%=$350, 60%=$175

    MODEL 999 SPORTSMAN I OF 999 (TRANSFER BAR IGNITION)------1979-1986
    Engraved with Fitted Wood Case, Top Break, Double Action, 22 Long Rifle Caliber, 9 shot, Blue Finish, Barrel Length 6 inches, Adjustable Sights. VALUE: Collector value only if unfired, with all original tags, manuals, commemorative medallion, wooden presentation case and cardboard box; 100%=$700+ if in other than described condition it is valued as the Model 999 3rd Model plus 20% premium for engraving.

    bill
  7. lcreale

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    I just inherited a H&R Sportsman .22 serial # S 10264. I'm quite new to guns and I'm trying to get as much information on it as possible like when it was made how much it's worth whether it is rim-fire or center-fire. Can anyone help out?
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    first i need to know if this is a sportsman model 999 double action or a sportsmans model 199 single action. H&R used the S letter code in 1956 on the 999 double action but they also used it on some early production of the single action also (1932 to 1935 era). on these pre1940 models the "S" letter code was used to denote the single action models and "D" was used to denote the double action. the same frame was used for both models.

    bill
  9. lcreale

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    It is the single action.
  10. b.goforth

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    this is the model 199;

    SPORTSMAN SINGLE ACTION MODEL 199
    LARGE FRAME TOP BREAK .--------------------------------------1932-1951
    Large frame single action top break revolver; Caliber 22 rimfire (short, long & long rifle) cylinder capacity 9 rounds; Safety rim cylinder; blue finish only; barrel length 6 inches (round heavy rib); Automatic cylinder stop; Sights, front adjustable for elevation, rear adjustable for windage only; Finger rest trigger guard; One piece oversized checkered Walnut grips (birds head grip frame shape); top of barrel marked with company name and Address, left side of barrel marked in two lines; “H & R SPORTSMAN SINGLE ACTION” right side of barrel marked “22 LONG RIFLE CTGE.” Serial numbered in series from 01 up and early production will have S letter code denoting single action.
    First Variation; heavy ribbed barrel with non-adjustable front sight----OCT. 1932-APRIL 1933
    Second Variation; oval shaped barrel with flat top, fully adjustable sights---MAY 1933-????
    Third Variation; very small lettering on cylinder patent date------------????-1936
    Fourth Variation; firing pin moved to the hammer----------1937-1941
    Fifth Variation; limited production 1951=J101-J148, 1950=K101-K265, 1951=L111-L112-----1949-1951
    VALUE: : 100%=$495 60%=$225 Add 15% premium fir 1st Variation; 10% premium for 5th Variation

    this revolver was most likely manufactured in 1933 to 1935 era.

    bill
  11. Hamm

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    Hello all. I have a double action model 999 with a serial number that starts with "HG". From what I've read so far it's probably not that old. Could anyone tell me what year it was manufactured? Thanks.
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    this model 999 was made by one of the latter companies H&R 1871.LLC.

    they use the letter code 'HG' in 1993. the 30th edition list them at 100%=$230 down to 60%=$90, which i feel is about $50 to low.

    bill
  13. Hamm

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    Thanks Bill!
  14. levirem870

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    Hi all got a model 999 ser# K2761
    I just purchased this revolver and use it for trapping paid $75.00 for it any idea what year it was built and it"s worth is? Good condition.Thanks
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    H&R used the K letter code in 1950

    SPORTSMAN DOUBLE ACTION MODEL 999
    LARGE FRAME TOP BREAK . -----------------------------------1932-1952
    Large frame double action top break revolver; Caliber 22 rimfire (short, long & long rifle) cylinder capacity 9 rounds, 22 Winchester Rim Fire (WRF) cylinder capacity 7 rounds; Safety rim cylinder; blue finish only; barrel length 6 inches (ribbed); Automatic cylinder stop; Sights: rear adjustable for windage only, Three different front sights used, full Blade, Partridge type & Partridge type pinned to barrel top rib, all non-adjustable; Finger rest
    trigger guard; One piece oversized checkered Walnut grips (birds head grip frame shape, Rice frame); frame mounted firing pin, hammer face is flat. Cylinder release is long pivoting lever on right side of frame (there are two different version of this). Serial numbered in its own series from 01 up to at least 89761 by the end of 1939. Starting in 1940 letter codes were used. Early production until about 1933 the letter code “D” was used to denote double action
    First Variation; round heavy weight ribbed barrel with Blade non-adjustable front sight ---1932- to before April 18,1933
    Second Variation; adjustable front sight------1933 (after 4-18-1933)-
    Third Variation; firing pin moved to hammer--------------------1934
    Fourth Variation; three inch barrel was offered----------------1935
    Fifth Variation; two patent dates marked on cylinder (before there was only one)--1936 (after 3-17)-1937
    Sixth Variation; top of barrel markings moved to right side of barrel-----1937-1939
    Seventh Variation; 22 WFR caliber dropped, 3 inch barrel dropped------1940-1941
    Eight Variation; one piece over size plastic grips are standard, limited production during WWII years------1942-1952
    VALUE: 100%=$425 60%=$195 Add 15% premium for 1st Variation; %0% for 22WRF caliber; 30% for 3” barrel (scarce) (See Post 1952 Section for Models 2 & 3)

    bill
  16. levirem870

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    Thanks for all the info!!!
  17. Boodro

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    Bill,

    You seem to be the H&R answer man. The # on my H&R Sportsman is AY010149. I have reviewed the previous posts but do not see an AY anywhere. Thanks so much. bud
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    Boodro,
    AY prefix = 1982 manufacture.
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    Thank you for the quick response.
  20. Elmo1970

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    I think I have a third model but can't figure out the year from the posts.

    Ran out of fingers and toes!

    It's a 999 DA, AF prefix on the serial.

    Any help would be appreciated, just got this gun today to fix it and he told me to keep it since I liked it so much (thanks Dad)! Was looking at a Ruger semi .22 MkIII or something but the little bugger struck my fancy.

    It wasn't working correctly (hammer would not stay back when pulled back single action style), there is a plastic piece broken in the handle, removed it and now the gun works? Is this ok or should I replace it (found it through search on this site from Numrich as a mainspring assembly)? Figured it was there for something lol...

    Thanks for any help, glad I found this forum.
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