Harrington and Richardson 22 special

Discussion in '.22-Rimfire Forum' started by doeringpd, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. doeringpd

    doeringpd New Member

    Jul 5, 2008
    Apple Valley, MN
    A friend of mine has the following hand gun that I'm trying to find some information on.
    Made by: Harrington and Richardson Arms Co. Worcester, Mass USA
    This is a 9 shot, break top pistol.
    It shoots 22 long rifle cartridges and has a cartridge extractor which extracts the 9 used cartridges when the top is broken downward.
    The serial number is: 541738 and is probably 40 or 50 years old. It has wooden grips.

    Thank you for any information you can give me regarding the pistols history, age and value. The bluing is in excellent condition and there are no other signs of wear.:)

  2. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

    Dec 30, 2003
    houston, tx
    this is most likely a 2nd or 3rd variation manufactured between 1928 and 1932.

    22 SPECIAL LARGE FRAME TOP BREAK-------------1925-1941
    6 inch barrel only, 22 Rimfire 9 shot & 22 WRF Caliber 7 shot, blue finish only, 2 piece walnut grips (after 1932 I piece grips)
    First Variation, 7 shot 22 rimfire only, over sized 2 piece saw handle shaped walnut grips (serial number range above 490000*) ----1926-1928
    Second Variation 9 shot 22 rimfire and 7 shot 22WRF (serial number range 497000-559100*) ------------1928-1930
    Third Variation new rounded 2 piece grip (saw handle shape eliminated) (serial number range unknown) ----1931-1932
    Fourth Variation safety cylinder and new grip frame (RICE FRAME) (serial number range 559100-590000*) ------1933-1938
    Fifth Variation automatic cylinder stop (serial number range above 590000*) -------------------------------------1939-1942
    After 1930 listed in catalogs as: MODEL 944 LARGE FRAME TOP BREAK .22 RIMFIRE CALIBER 9 shot
    After 1930 listed in catalogs as: MODEL 945 LARGE FRAME TOP BREAK .22 Winchester Rim Fire CALIBER 7 shot
    VALUE: 100%=$330 60%=$150 Add 50% premium for 22 WRF chambering; 15% for 1st Variation; 10% premium for 4th & 5th Vatiation

    Last edited: Sep 6, 2010

  3. doeringpd

    doeringpd New Member

    Jul 5, 2008
    Apple Valley, MN
    Thanks for the information.
    I'm just getting started to become familiar with navagating this site.

    Thanks, again.

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