What's the Story on an H&R 926?

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by Teejay9, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. Teejay9

    Teejay9 New Member

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    Bought a mod 926, s/n AP1385xx, which makes it a 1977 manufacture, I think. It is in excellent condition, without any holster wear (I'd rate the blue @99%) or rough spots except that the hammer has some "age" discoloration, no pits. The wood grips are checkered diamond w/H&H logo. Am I right about its' age? What are its' pluses and minuses. Oh yeah, it shoots .38 s&w. Thanks Teejay
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    SSSNNZZZZZ........
    So what's happened to the the expert, Mr. Goforth who "wrote the book?" It can't be that difficult of a question. Most H&R questions are answered in detail within hours, if not minutes. Have I stumped you with this one?
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    i generally do not like to make any negative comments on this or other fourms but here goes. due to other demands on my time i visit this and other fourms only once daly and some weekends not at all because i am at gunshows. i am sorry if i did not get to this question when you felt i should have. i last visited here 11-10-08 at 1:23 pm it is now 11-11-08 12:40 pm. and i believe you were given the information you seek on another forum. any way here is the information you seek:

    MODEL 926 MANUAL EJECTOR (TRANSFER BAR IGNITION) ---------1973-1978
    Top Break, Double Action, Manual Ejection, Square Butt, 22 Long Rifle Caliber, 9 Shot, 38 S&W Caliber, 5 shot, Barrel Length 4 inches, blue finish, two piece walnut stained hardwood grips
    VALUE: 100%=$245 60%=$115

    my records indicate letter codes "AP' were used in 1976.

    bill
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    I'm sorry if you felt my comments were negative as that was definitely not my intention. I was seeking a "PRO," and your replies have proved you to be one. I have tried different forums and gotten different answers, so your opinions and information are valuable assets. Please, don't take offense. I have learned it's hard to read e-mails and get the tone that they were written in. I've actually been given 3 different dates of manufacture, ranging from 1976 to 1978. I thank you for your time patience, and hope you will overlook my inept e-mail. Sincerely, Teejay
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    the double checked the three published list i have and all three say AP=1976.
    i am sure the people giving the other dates are just mis reading are were in a hurry.

    H&R serial numbers since 1940 have been public knowledge since 1986 when H&R gave the serial number list to numrich arms, after numrich purchased at least 90% of H&R's inventory of parts. both the blue book and numrich arms have published these serial numbers, but they are slightly incomplete stopping at 1982. doing research on factory litature and actual firearms i have been able to complete the list. my list goes up until the end of production in 1986 and even covers the new england firearms/H&R 1871 era of 1987-1999.

    if i was given three different dates and i knew there were at least two published serial number list. i would go directly to those list and look for my self.
    bill

    ps here are a couple of pages from my up coming H&R book;

    POST 1940
    SERIAL NUMBER LETTER CODES AND THE YEAR OF THEIR USAGE

    A=1940 .
    B=1941 AA=1964
    C=1942 AB=1965
    D=1943 AC=1966
    E=1944 AD=1967
    F=1945 AE=1968
    G=1946 AF=1969
    H=1947 AG=1970
    I =1948 AH=1971
    J =1949 AJ =1972
    K=1950 AL=1973
    L=1951 AM=1974
    M=1952 AN=1975
    N=1953 AP=1976
    P=1954 AR=1977
    R=1955 AS=1978
    S=1956 AT=1979
    T=1957 AU=1980
    U=1958 AX=1981
    V=1959 AY=1982
    W=1960 AZ=1983
    X=1961 BA=1984
    Y=1962 BB=1985
    Z=1963 BC=1986

    Notes;
    1. AK prefix was used on a special series of handguns to Commemorate the Kansas Centennial
    2. H&R ceased operations in February of 1986, firearms with the letter codes BC are scarce.





    H & R 1871 & NEW ENGLAND FIREARMS
    SERIAL NUMBER LETTER CODES
    AND
    THE YEARS OF THEIR USAGE

    NEF H&R1871 .
    1987= NA ----
    1988= NB ----
    1989= NC ----
    1990= ND ----
    1991= NE HE
    1992= NF HF
    1993= NG HG
    1994= NH HH
    1995= NJ HJ
    1996= NK HK
    1997= NL HL
    1998= NM HM
    1999= NN HN
    Handgun production ended in 1999 after the purchase by Marlin

    Notes;
    1. A WESSON & HARRINGTON line of single shot rifles and shotguns were introduced in 1995. They will have the letter codes WH and the 6 digit serial numbers will run consecutively
    2. Operated as New England Firearms Co. Inc. 1987-1991 (May)
    3. Operated as H&R 1871 Inc. (June) 1991-2000 (October)
    4. Purchased by Marlin (November) 2000-2008
    5. Marlin (including H&R 1871) purchased by Remington early 2008
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    Thank you for your additional information. I will take your dates as the real McCoy and lay all my questions to rest. Nineteen seventy six it is. Nice web site, by the way. Thanks once again for your time and knowledge on a hard to find (at least for me) subject. TJ
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    thank you for taking the time to look at my web site. for a site with limited appeal we get an amazing number of people from all over the world looking at it and vistors from the u.s. government (DOJ) visting every week.
    bill
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    Bill, it's a great web site, chock full of information, and what a collection you have!! I "bookmarked" your site as well. Very impressive. I can see that you are a collector extraordinaire. I'm glad that you provided me with such a fine resource. Thanks again, TJ
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