Need Help with H & R Serial Number

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  1. Center of Mass

    Center of Mass New Member

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    Hello - Newbie here. I have a H&R American Double Action, octagon barrel, chrome. I've been trying to find an explanation of the serial number. It is: 402.9
    Any info would be appreciated.
    Thanks
     
  2. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

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    AMERICAN DOUBLE ACTION FIRST MODEL
    (BLACK POWDER MODEL):------------------------------------- 1884-1904
    32 caliber 6 shot, 38 caliber 5 shot, 44 caliber 5 shot, pull pin cylinder release, barrel length 2½, 4½ & 6 inches nickel finish standard, blue considered rare Marked on top strap “AMERICAN DOUBLE ACTION”,
    first variation will have a round barrel & nickel trigger guard--1884-1887
    second variation will have a octagon barrel & nickel trigger guard-1888-1897
    third variation will have a octagon barrel , blue trigger guard and company name and address on left side of barrel--1898-1904
    100%=$225 60%=$95, 1st Variation rarely seen, add 50% premium., for all American Double Actions variations and variants: add 15% premium for blue finish, add 10% premium for 4 ½ “ or 6” barrel, add 5%-10% premium for nickel trigger guard (pre 1898)

    AMERICAN DOUBLE ACTION SECOND MODEL
    (SMOKELESS POWDER) ----------------------------------1905-1941
    32 caliber 6 shot, 38 caliber 5 shot, 44 caliber 5 shot, pull pin cylinder release, calibers and barrel lengths are the same as first model, 44 Webley caliber discontinued in 1921, nickel finish, blue optional. Difference between First Model and Second Model is the caliber Markings on the left side of the barrel After 1930 this model was listed in catalogs as; AMERICAN DOUBLE ACTION No. 60 .32 Caliber 6 shot and AMERICAN DOUBLE ACTION No. 65 .38 Caliber 5 shot
    100%=$225 60%= $75 For all American Double Action Second Models add 15% premium for blue finish and 10% for 4 ½” or 6” barrel

    you may never find a complete answer to this serial number. the first models have batch numbers and there were several different batches. the second model was numbered from 01 (or 101) to over 500,000. there are no known factory records for this model. a couple of guesses are the dot is a flaw in the metal or the person doing the stamping was having a bad day.
    bill
     

  3. Center of Mass

    Center of Mass New Member

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    Thanks for the information. I was hoping there was some super interesting answer, but alas, it was not to be.

    Thanks again