H&R Sportsman Model 999?

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  1. Jrj

    Jrj New Member

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    I have a H&R model 999 Sportsman 9 shot, .22LR 6" barrel with a blue finish. Serial no. AT126768. It's almost unused still in box.

    The following numbers are printed on the original box: J99902.

    These numbers were hand written on the box:

    "4377" and

    "at126768 an 16290"

    Any idea when it was made? How much it cost back then? What it's worth today? Is the 4377 some sort of pricing code the retailer used? Any info would be great. If pics help I can update. Thanks much in advance.
  2. Lanrezac

    Lanrezac Active Member

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    Sorry for the lack of a reply. Our resident H&R scholar and all-around gentleman, Jim Hauff, died several months ago. I think there are others here who can answer your question, though.

    All I can tell you is that I bought a 999 new for $125 and sales tax in 1979. I don't have the serial number handy.
  3. Oneida Steve

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    I bought a used Model 999 for $108 in 1977 - my first modern handgun. In the 1970's the Model 999 was H&R's top-of-the-line .22 revolver. It's a fun gun to shoot.
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    I believe the AT prefix means a 1979 manufacture date. You'll need to submit pictures for a close estimated price, but if it is in the condition you say, at least $225 and maybe $250? That seems to be the going price I am seeing on on-line auctions.
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    I had one years ago that I sold and instantly regretted it. About a year ago I picked one up that has a bulged barrel. It's still very accurate and my fav .22 handgun.
  7. Jrj

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    Any idea what year this one was made? Serial no. AT126768.

    The following numbers are printed on the original box: J99902.
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    It will bring over $400 at auction. Right now on GB there are two 999s, one in box, one not, both bid up over $400.
  9. Packrat76

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    My model 999 was purchased new back in 1975 for $98. I sold it in 1979 for $75, it was a piece of junk. The rear sight would shoot loose and fall off or cylinder pin keeper would break and eject the cylinder. Accuracy was very good, extracting and ejecting was also good.
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    There's a 1st time for everything. This is the 1st time I've heard anyone complain about a Sportsman 999. I have however encountered other H&R .22 handgun models from the same time period that were pretty bad as well. Spit lead etc. I guess a few lemons got out.
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    I managed to break the cylinder retaining catch on my 999, when I tried to extract a full cylinder of Russian steel-cased 22 empties at once. And I did have to tighten the rear-sight windage screws once in a while, but that was typical of any gun that used the two-opposing-screws system. Trigger wasn't the sweetest either, but I figured that made it a good training gun.
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  12. Fatstrat

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    One thing about the 999 is that you have to keep that cylinder assembly CLEAN. Or it will bind up and possibly break. A cursory cleaning won't do it. You have to take it all the way apart and clean it.
  13. dave3209

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    I have a H&R Model 999 Sportsman Double Action revolver, S/N D28958, 9 shot, in excellent to very good condition.
    On the left side of the barrel it says, H. & R. "SPORTSMAN" DOUBLE ACTION and on top it says HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON ARMS CO. WORCESTER, MASS, U.S.A. and on left side it says 22 LONG RIFLE CTG.
    It has a one piece walnut grip.
    Can you tell what year it was made and its value?
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    The perfix AT was used in 1978
  15. nilly

    nilly New Member

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    I also have this same model pistol and from what reasearch ive done ithe manu date is 1943 i think dnt quote that
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