Harrington & Richardson Scrap & Crap Or Paper Weight

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by 4514252, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. 4514252

    4514252 New Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Harrington & Richardson Arms Company
    Top-break barrel with fix cylinder 6-shot
    Barrel on top: Patent Oct 4 '87 May 4 & Aug 6 '89
    Grip Serial Number: 50575
    Cylinder has stamped mark 52 5
    Condition: crappy

    It is a third-generation from what I've read. This thing has laid around for decades. I got the itching to check in with it for value before tossing it. The hammer/trigger assembly is busted. The hammer gets jammed and won't close. An internal spring, from what I gather, is busted as it was laying laying inside the grip.

    Is this thing thing worth scrap, trash, or keeping? Thank you. It makes for a fine paper-weight, but it gets old explaining the gun's history.


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  2. deadin

    deadin Well-Known Member

    May 16, 2006
    That's one if you ever had any urgings to practice a little gunsmithing you could probably find the parts and try to repair it yourself. (You wouldn't be hurting anything valuable if you fail.) As to paying someone else to fix it.....probably not worth it. (It's not totally valueless, the parts are worth something)
    It's the sort of thing I might pay $10-15 for. (Including shipping.;):D)

  3. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    The mainspring (hammer spring) is available from Wolff (www.gunsprings.com) but I wouldn't recommed spending much time or money on that gun. You can hang it on the wall and tell folks how your great granddad fought off the Indians with it.

  4. Big ugly

    Big ugly New Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    Knoxville Tennessee
    Keep it around, Look at it this way the bloody thing dont eat nuttin, it dont smell funny, you dont have to wipe its Behind. Whats it hurtng, nuttin.
  5. BETH

    BETH Well-Known Member

    Jul 10, 2009
    that's cut Big Ugly
  6. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    Ohio NRA Member
    I agree with what deadin said, if your interested in a bit of gunsmithing, dig around and you might "dig" up the parts for it and have yourself a good project.
    Obviously you cant hurt the firearm.
  7. muddober

    muddober Active Member

    Sep 19, 2008
    Carson City Nevada
    And the indians won!
  8. i had a problem with my H&R .32 1897 revolver the trigger wouldnt return back to position to fire the next round i found a site that sells parts for our pistols. i made my return spring from an old torsion spriing from a pull start off a lawnmower i just cut it then ground it to size and it works grest. but heres a link to a site that sells parts for your pistol.

  9. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

    Dec 30, 2003
    houston, tx
    i will give you some information on your revolver and let you make up your own mind what to do with it. this is a second model large frame auto-ejecting 4th variation. check the serial number under the top strap for a letter code prefix. as this is in need of repairs i have left out value but one in lke new condition with box (100%) will anly bring about $250.

    New frame shape and new hard rubber grip panels with Target Logo, Auto-ejecting mechanism, Calibers 32 S&W, 6 shot cylinder capacity, 38 S&W caliber 5 shot cylinder capacity, nickel finish (blue optional), barrel lengths of 2½ (rare), 3¼ (standard), 4, 5 & 6 inches available. “IF THERE IS NO CALIBER MARKING ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE BARREL THEN IT WAS MANUFACTURED FOR BLACK POWDER”. Top of barrel markings include company name and address and patent dates.
    First Variation; one patent date OCT-4-87 only-------1890-1892
    Second Variation one patent date marked OCT-4-1887 (year marked in full) ------1890-1892*
    Third Variation three patent dates, Oct-4-1887, May 14 & Aug-6-89 ----1893-Only*
    Fourth Variation three patent dates Oct-4-87, May-14 & Aug-6-89 (note 87 date des not have full year markings) ----1894-1896*
    Fifth Variation five patent dates Oct-4-87, May 14 & Aug-6-89, April-2-95, April-7-96-----1897-1904*
    *Serial numbers found on the bottom side of the top strap will have letter codes with them.

    Last edited: Dec 21, 2010
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