H&R Sportsman Double Action

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  1. MacRichard1

    MacRichard1 New Member

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    I have the Title top break 22 cal. 9 shot revolver. Both front and rear sighte are adjustable. There is no top rib. Right side of the barrel has the mug. and address in two lines and 22 long rifle ctg. The left side has H&R "Sportsman" Double Action in twoi lines. The frame is hollow and the serial number is under the grip. The sn is 37466 on the left side. I would love to get any information concerning this revolver, especially the approx. year of manufacture.

    Thanks,
    Richard:cool:
  2. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

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    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 ā€œDā€ 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 3ā€ barrel (scarce)

    this is most likely a 6th variation 1937-1939
    bill
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