Narrowing down a production date......

Discussion in 'Technical Questions & Information' started by Mark K, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. Mark K

    Mark K New Member

    Aug 27, 2009
    Thanks to the forum I found out my H&R "defender" was from the last run from 1973 to 1978, and it was made in 1978 (serial number AS 54642). Do we know how many were made that year and how close to end mine is? I know it's not earth shattering, but it would be fun to know. I was 20 in 1978. :~O

    Thanks Canada for the funky old ammo, I'll try some this weekend and post a range report.


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  2. RJay

    RJay Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2004
    Goodyear, Arizona
    Mark, I don't think anyone has access to that type of detailed information.

  3. Mark K

    Mark K New Member

    Aug 27, 2009
    Thanks, I found out

    it was produced on a rainy thursday afternoon by 22 yr veteran gunbuilder Arnie Schwartzenwanker @ 3:21 pm........................ who had a cold that day. Some secret records I found. :~) Thanks, I'll be happy just knowing the year.
  4. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

    Dec 30, 2003
    houston, tx
    the only information i have along these lines is that in 1978 H&R manufactured a total of 2,224 38 S&W caliber revolvers. all handguns were serial number in the same series and the company records from that period seem to have disappeared in the dark recesses of the federal government.
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