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Sportsmans 199

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by swjones5, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. swjones5

    swjones5 New Member

    Apr 27, 2009
    Just wondering if anyone has any information about a sportsmans 199 I have. It has a serial number of 518 with no letter in front/behind, the cylinder has statement "patent applied for." Does anyone know when this gun was manufactured???
  2. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

    Dec 30, 2003
    houston, tx
    LARGE FRAME TOP BREAK .--------------------------1932-1951
    Large frame single action top break revolver; Caliber 22 rimfire (short, long & long rifle) cylinder capacity 9 rounds; Safety rim cylinder; blue finish only; barrel length 6 inches (round heavy rib); Automatic cylinder stop; Sights, front adjustable for elevation, rear adjustable for windage only; Finger rest trigger guard; One piece oversized checkered Walnut grips (birds head grip frame shape); top of barrel marked with company name and Address, left side of barrel marked in two lines; “H & R SPORTSMAN SINGLE ACTION” right side of barrel marked “22 LONG RIFLE CTGE.”
    Serial numbered in series from 01 up and early production will have S letter code denoting single action.
    First Variation; heavy ribbed barrel with non-adjustable front sight---OCT. 1932-APRIL 1933
    Second Variation; oval shaped barrel with flat top, fully adjustable sights-MAY 1933-????
    Third Variation; very small lettering on cylinder patent date------------????-1936
    Fourth Variation; firing pin moved to the hammer---------1937-1941
    Fifth Variation; limited production 1951=J101-J148, 1950=K101-K265, 1951=L111-L112------1949-1951
    VALUE: : $495 $225 Add 15% premium fir 1st Variation; 10% premium for 5th Variation

    both the model 999 double action and the model 199 single action sportsman were introduced in october 1932. a serial number this low must have been manufactured no later than december 1932. there were two patent pending of the sportsman maodels at this time the safety cylinder and the grip frame for the one piece grips offered on this model.